Mattozzi Europeo

The fam­ily rep­re­sents a dy­nasty of restau­ra­teurs that has en­dured since the late 1800’ s. Masters of Neapoli­tan culi­nary art for over two cen­turies

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The Mattozzi fam­ily rep­re­sents a dy­nasty of restau­ra­teurs that has en­dured since the late 1800’ s. For Al­fonso Mattozzi, owner of Mattozzi Europeo, cook­ing means knowl­edge, trans­for­ma­tion, pair­ing in­gre­di­ents and cre­at­ing: “Cook­ing is an art, not a trade, and has spe­cific canons that need to be re­spected. Here the clien­tele is the pri­mary as­set and dishes and, in par­tic­u­lar, soups are pre­pared with painstak­ing care, us­ing only fresh and sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents”. The in­te­rior of the restau­rant is adorned with pe­riod pho­tos, tes­ti­fy­ing to a long fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory: the Mattozzi fam­ily started out thanks to a li­cense granted by the Bour­bons in 1852 when restau­rants in Naples could be counted on the fin­gers of just one hand and the art of pizza- mak­ing was still un­known. In ad­di­tion to pizza, other pre­pared dishes were grad­u­ally added re­sult­ing in the es­tab­lish­ment of the fam­ily’s restau­rant in the 20th cen­tury. “Those who have a past to re­spect and hon­our, have an enor­mous re­spon­si­bil­ity – com­ments Mattozzi – If I serve a dish that is not up to par, it’s as if I were throw­ing away two cen­turies of his­tory. They are what Ed­uardo re­ferred to as the ‘ in­ner voices’: con­science, dig­nity, ethics, and tra­di­tion”. As far as Mattozzi is con­cerned, the clien­tele is his pri­mary as­set: “It is im­por­tant to smile and to build a re­la­tion­ship with the cus­tomers based on trust. When tourists en­ter our restau­rant, we strive to make them feel at home and to stay true to our prom­ises. We pride our­selves on re­spect­ing the menu and fo­cus­ing on qual­ity”. As a re­sult, their dishes and, in par­tic­u­lar, their soups which Al­fonso Mattozzi de­fines as the “prin­ci­pal ex­pres­sion of a ter­ri­tory”, are pre­pared with painstak­ing care, us­ing only fresh and sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents.

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