Following multiple recommendations, we checked out Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana on Victoria Drive. It’s in a fairly quiet and isolated part of Victoria drive (a residential area).
We tried to get there early, before the lines formed, but no such luck. We arrived at 5:30 on a Saturday, but there was already a half hour wait.
While there have been a lot of new pizzerias in the last couple of years, all boasting authentic neapolitan style pizza, only a handful can boast that they are certified “Vera Neapoletana”. Whether or not certification really matters, is a bit beyond the focus of this blog post. This is about whether or not I enjoy it.
We started with their insalata mista (mixed green salad, with vinaigrette and proscuitto)
This is an excellent salad. The greens are fresh, and crisp, the vinaigrette has a light acidic snap. The crispy proscuitto was just that. A small but wonderfully salty crisp.
The second appy we selected was the frittura neapoletana (deep-fried street food).
This consisted to a pair of meat balls, a risotto ball, a potato stick, and a pasta & cheese cube, served with a cup of spicy marinara sauce and dollop of fresh pesto. All were warm, with a light crisp deep-fried bite and tasty, but the stand out in the group was the pasta & bit. It was something akin to a deep-fried macaroni & cheese cube (but it wasn’t cheddar cheese, I’m pretty sure it was a parmesan-type cheese). The pesto was terrific, with a bold garlic and herbaceous punch.
And our highlight was the pizza margherita con salame.
The pizza arrived as one unsliced big pie, which I gather is how it’s done in Naples. The crust has a beautiful char, a light crumb, with lots of air bubbles. The sauce is bright and fresh, the fior di latte was smooth and gooey. This is a winner of a pizza.