The ever so simple, but delicious Pizza Margherita was invented in 1889, when the Royal Palace of Capodimonte in Naples commissioned the Neapolitan pizza chef Raffaele Esposito to create a pizza in honor of the visiting Queen Margherita. Her father was Ferdinando the Duke of Genoa (no relation to our owner Ferdinando!).
Considered a peasants meal in Italy for centuries beforehand, the pizza was very patriotic and resembled the Italian flag with its colours of red (tomatoes), white (mozzarella cheese), and green (basil). It was an instant hit with the queen, who gave the pizzeria a royal seal.
Even to this day Neapolitans are extremely passionate about pizza. There is nothing truly like the fresh pizza you get in Naples, it really is considered an art there.
Our proud owner Ferdinando Mercogliano was born and raised in Naples and here at The Italian we use his traditional Neapolitan dough recipe for our pizzas, the same recipe he used when he worked in Naples. Using only the finest ingredients: Caputo double-zero flour, 100% mozzarella cheese, our own homemade Neapolitan tomato sauce and a wealth of fresh toppings, ensuring maximum taste and respecting the traditional values and authenticity of the origins of pizza.
Each pizza is hand rolled out every afternoon before we open after it has risen, resulting in a thin, soft but crispy base. All our pizzas are 12″ in size.
Don’t just take our word for it, come and try for yourselves here at The Italian