That was the stop and stroll that pizza maker Michele Leo suggested. That would lead me to his side of the historical piazza tucked into Napoli's pedestrian zone. That would lead me to the newly opened Palazzo Petrucci Pizzeria, next door to the well established Michelin star restaurant, Palazzo Petrucci.
The black, grey, and crisp white interior was a stark contrast to the blazing sun outside. And not to mention a cool break from the summer sun. And that's what I wanted. A break...a mini vacation...a pizza and a glass of wine.
Leo and I looked over the menu and then I decided; a fiori di zucca pizza. The list of ingredients sounded like quite a handful; zucchini flowers, fior di latte, ricotta cheese, anchovies, and basil.
|Pizza maker Michele Leo|
In fact, as I watched Leo place the items on the dough before placing it into the blazing wood burning oven, I almost regretted my decision. Won't it be too heavy? That walk back to the station will be a nightmare! I thought.
Boy, was I wrong.
My minivacation of fiori di zucca was brought to my table within minutes. Light, flavorful, well...delicious. It paired perfectly with a fresh glass of Greco di Tufo 2012 by Terre degli Opi.
Afterwards I shared with Leo my appreciation of his choice of products and how well they blended together. He gave me a mini tour of the place (which opened mid April) including a spectacular terrace on the second floor with a fantastic view of the piazza. Great in the evenings, he shared. Why not come back?
I just might, Michele, I just might. I want to get a better look at that wine list, try some of their freshly baked breads...and maybe try the marinara, or stuffed pizza, or...
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