Neapolitan Pizza at Pizza Republica

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Pizza Diavola

Pizza Republica is all about Neapolitan pizza and fresh ingredients (of course.) Fresh ingredients in every menu item.

Neapolitan pizzas originated in Naples, Italy. They’re made from simple and fresh ingredients: dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil. No fancy toppings.  There is always more sauce than cheese. Before the 1700s, flat breads were served without any tomatoes. These came to Europe in the 16th century, and although popular today, they were not so back then. Europeans thought tomatoes were poisonous. Fortunately for us, necessity, and mainly hunger, drove very poor peasants to top their flat breads with tomatoes towards late 18th century. Soon poorer neighborhoods made this delicious combination their specialty.  Well, we know now how vastly it spread out and became the pizzas we all enjoy today. And back to the Neapolitan pizza, it has to basically consist of a thin soft crust and it must be topped with simple fresh tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.

Back to our search for Neapolitan Pizzas… We ordered some bread to start. Obviously we dipped it into balsamic vinegar, olive oil and black pepper. 🙂

Bread

Bread, ready for dipping in balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil.

 

Next course, BUFALA MOZZARELLA CAPRESE salad. Wonderful!

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Bufala mozzarella caprese salad

All gone a in few fast unforgettable minutes..

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Next, Pizza Diavola, with smoked bufala mozzarella, hot salami, hot capicola and extra virgin olive oil. Oh yes! All those delicious fresh ingredients with a perfect spicy but not too fiery balance.

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Pizza Diavola

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Neapolitan Pizza

We also had to try their Pizza Vesuvius, 1/2 pizza, 1/2 calzone. Heavenly!
pizzavesuviusThe calzone part was simply filled with a variety of fresh vegetables. Yum!

No room for dessert in this visit. For sure, we will return to Pizza Republica for more Neapolitan Pizza and for their  Limoncello Cheesecake, and I will definitely blog about it! 🙂

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