How many types of pizza are available in your restaurant?
Our menu offers, more or less, 30 different pizzas to suit most tastes. In Italy, a pizza is not garnished with too many toppings. We introduced them as authentic as are served in Italy, such as a Prosciutto Funghi, with ham and mushrooms, or a Paesana with spinach and bacon. They can be served only vegetarian, by switching a meat with another vegetarian ingredient. One of the favorites is the pizza with Parma ham and rocket, and another is also the simple Margherita, just cheese and tomato. There is also a choice of whole wheat crust if someone prefers it.
What is the difference between pizza found in Nepal and in Italy?
I do not think that there is much difference between pizzas made in Nepal and those made in Italy. Of course, the intensity of the flavors can be different. The perfume of the fresh tomatoes grown around Naples combines well with the powerful smell of the Italian herbs, basil, rosemary, and sage. Those flavors are much stronger compared to the herbs and the tomatoes grown in Nepal or in India. The intensity of the flavors is just not there, maybe because of the different type of soil they grow in, in the plains south of Kathmandu.
What is firewood pizza?
The firewood pizza is a pizza baked in a wood burning oven. Most pizzerias in Naples bake their pizzas in wood burning ovens, but it is slowly changing for two main reasons. The first one is that, the amount of wood used is huge, and unless you live by rich wooded areas, timber has become very costly. So, pizzerias only serve pizza baked in such ovens only in the evening, at dinner. The oven is fired in the afternoon and left alone to heat to the perfect temperature. The second reason is that the world is becoming more and more aware of the impact that all those fires have on the environment. But, the flavor of a pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven is certainly very particular, I think absolutely delicious!
How much pizza can be considered as enough pizza?
I feel it all depends on the thickness of the crust. A thin crust may be just enough for an adult, but I like to stress that a pizza is always “big enough to share”, and another pizzas can be ordered subsequently if the first one was just not enough!
Is there anything you would say to those who don’t like pizza?
I would say, “How is it possible you do not like some freshly baked pizza?”
Truthfully, I have never met anyone who does not like some pizza. I have met those who are worried about the fact that it may be fattening, or someone who has and intolerance to wheat or to dairy. When the weather is hot, and the company of family and friends is perfect, a pizza accompanied with a cold beer or a chilled glass of wine or a Coca-Cola is the ideal addition to that perfection!