Fam­ily tra­di­tions, a care­ful se­lec­tion of in­gre­di­ents and the painstak­ing prepa­ra­tion of the dough. A pizze­ria for those who love good pizza, the re­sult of years of study and pas­sion

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The story of Pizze­ria Ve­su­vio be­gan with Nonna Con­cettina who sold fried pizza with ba­con bits and ri­cotta in pi­azza Mer­cato in Naples. Real street food, served with a glass of marsala, she al­lowed peo­ple to pay for the pizza up to eight days af­ter it had been pur­chased. Nonna Con­cettina was Luigi Petrone’s first teacher. From the time that he was a lit­tle boy, he ad­mired the lov­ing care with which his grand­mother kneaded the dough. Luigi helped her to pre­pare it. At the age of twelve he be­gan work­ing as an er­rand boy at var­i­ous pizze­rias in Naples where he learnt the se­crets of the best pizza chefs in town. In 1989, he re­al­ized that he wanted to be­come a pizza chef and be­gan study­ing to make his dream come true. In 2002, he founded Pizze­ria Ve­su­vio, in Por­tici, but only as a take­away ser­vice. He never stopped study­ing and in 2006 he trans­formed his take­away ser­vice into a real pizze­ria with 110 seats and 2 ovens, one for take­aways and the other for the din­ing room. His brother Pasquale joined him on his ad­ven­ture. Luigi’s se­cret lies in us­ing nat­u­ral, fresh in­gre­di­ents, sourced from Cam­pa­nia (in­clud­ing San Marzano toma­toes and Provala and Fior di latte cheese from the Lat­tari Moun­tains) and in his prepa­ra­tion of the dough which does not in­clude the use of brewer’s yeast: the dough is stored in a dry place for sev­eral hours so that it rises nat­u­rally un­til it be­comes light and fluffy.

At Pizze­ria Ve­su­vio, not only can you en­joy tra­di­tional piz­zas and Nonna con­cettina’s time-hon­oured fried pizza but also new pro­pos­als that vary depend­ing on sea­sonal pro­duce such as the venue’s pizza gourmè, stud­ied with painstak­ing care to of­fer cus­tomers some­thing dif­fer­ent, more tasty, healthy and orig­i­nal to tit­il­late their taste buds. Pizze­ria Ve­su­vio is a cult ad­dress for those who love good pizza ac­com­pa­nied by an ex­ten­sive list of wines and beer. While wait­ing, you can savour ‘Moz­zarella in Car­rozza’, ‘Croc­chè’ and ‘Arancini’. >> Pizze­ria Ve­su­vio. Via Benedetto Croce, 44, Por­tici (NA) >> T: 081475728

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