Pizzeria Brandi (Naples, Italy) – The Home of Modern Pizza
As you have noticed, I’m sharing with you some of my previous expeditions.
For the time being, I’m at home, preparing my new adventure that should start on 22nd September. You will be able to follow my reports from some of the most famous places in the world.
New York, Miami, Carnival in RIO, Patagonia, Lima, L.A. you can follow all of them on www.nemagreske.com
Till then, I’m sharing with you all amazing places I’ve been to, all the beautiful people I’ve met, and all about fantastic food I’ve enjoyed.
And while I’m thinking about food, there is one place I will definitely never forget – pizzeria Brandi, Naples, Italy.
Brandi is located in Naples near to the Piazza del Plebiscito, some 200 meters up on the hill. It is very easy to find.
In that small street, history is hidden:
Raffaele Esposito was the Italian owner of a tavern called Pizzeria di Pietro e Basta Cosi in the Nineteenth century, and is considered by some to be the father of modern pizza. In 1889, pizza had not yet become a popular or well-known dish, and was typically eaten by poor people as a way to use up various ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. At that time, Esposito was considered the premier pizza-maker in the city of Naples. Esposito was therefore requested to prepare a pizza for Queen Margherita of Savoy, who had traveled to Naples with King Umberto I. Esposito and his wife were admitted to the royal kitchens to prepare this dish as he saw fit. Deeming the traditional garlic topping to be unfit for the royal palate, Esposito instead prepared three different pizzas, the last of which used a combination of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil to emulate the red, white, and green of the Italian flag. It is claimed by some sources that this was the first time pizza was made with mozzarella cheese.
Queen Margherita, having never had pizza before, so enjoyed the dish that she had her head of table services send Esposito a letter to commend his pizzas, stating that they “were found to be delicious”. Esposito used this recommendation to successfully promote his restaurant, naming the pizza most enjoyed by the Queen, “Pizza Margherita”. It is widely reported that this event caused pizza to become a fad, from which it retained enduring popularity. Because of Esposito’s experiments with ingredients and presentation, and his successful preparation of the dish for Queen Margherita, it is suggested by some that Esposito was the father of the modern pizza. Esposito’s restaurant still exists, although the name has been changed to Pizzaria di Brandi, and the royal letter favoring Esposito’s pizza is on display in the restaurant.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia
The service is typically Italian – they are enjoying it and keeping it slow.
While you wait for your food you have enough time to enjoy all the beautiful photos inside. You will see a lot of famous people on the photos. Then you realize that Brandi is hot spot for celebrities like Alberto di Monaco, Luciano Pavarotti and many others. Also, you’ll notice well known certificate from the Queen Margherite.
Finally, when pizza arrives, magic starts:
First you will see the shape and color that intrigues you.
Then you smell it’s aroma… It enchants you.
At the end you try it and feel the taste…pure magic.
There is only one word that can closely describe it: ORGASM.
No, two words: GASTRONOMIC ORGASM.
Orgasm for the mouth, tongue, throat, nose…
Officially you are hooked and so happy because you know that you are addicted to the best pizza in the world.
No question about that.
Everything else: the service, the people, the ambient it all become irrelevant.
When I left this place, there was only one thing on my mind: I must come back …I must come back … I must come back…
So, if you ever find yourself in Naples, you must try the best pizza in the world.
That’s all for now,
To be continued…