There's practically a pizzeria on every corner, in every neighborhood. One Friday evening I decided to visit a neighborhood not far from my own. One that I hadn't been to in awhile. Pozzuoli's lungomare, boardwalk. I decided to try a pizza at Ciro Coccia's new-ish pizzeria La Dea Bendata.
I arrived early, well, early for a Friday. 8 pm. After a pleasant stroll from the public parking lot at the end of the boardwalk, I arrived to a small, comfortable, cozy neighborhood pizzeria; Corso Umberto I, 93.
A quick look at the menu, a quick chat with Coccia and subito a beer and plate of his famous frittura was on the table.
Classics. Crocche', zeppole, but my favorite was the fried zucchini flower stuffed with ricotta cheese. I could of stopped there, but my curiosity and desire to taste as much as my curiosity (and waistline ) would allow, I moved on to the montanara. A montanara is a fried pizza topped with tomato sauce and a sprinkling of pecorino romano cheese and basil. Fried, when done well is tasty not greasy. A perfect snack.
Space for one more pizza on this visit. I figured I could walk of the calories afterwards on the boardwalk. I looked at the menu. Small, inviting, not overwhelming. I passed up the marinara and the margherita choices, though it wasn't easy, and decided to go for something different.
Coccia suggested La Lardiata. Pizza with piennolo tomatoes, lardo di colonnato, and basil. I took him up on his suggestion and I'm glad that I did.
I found myself at home in this little neighborhood not far from my neighborhood. At this neighborhood pizzeria with the colorful walls, the cozy dining room. The small but 'full' menu with just the right selections of pizza, craft beer and small selection of wine.
My evening was over but I couldn't go away without a fried graffa (donut) topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate, now could I. I mean, I was planning to walk it all off on the boardwalk anyway, right?
Pizzeria La Dea Bendata
Corso Umberto 1, 93
081.19189636 – Cell. 346.3003491
Closed on Mondays
Open Tuesday through Saturday evening. Sunday at lunch.