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Sorbillo

Pizza at Sorbillo Napoli

When you visit Italy there are some clichés to be done that are a must like going to Rome and seeing the Colliseum, going to Pisa and taking a picture “holding” the leaning tower and going to Naples to eat pizza.
Simple as that.

Sorbillo's Napoli pizza

credits Sorbillo Facebook

You have infinite choices of places to do so but my suggestion is to go right in the core of the city, Centro Storico, where you will find Sorbillo. This is THE place where to eat THE most traditional e faithful napolian/Italian pizza in town.

Sorbillo Napoli

credits Sorbillo Facebook

I did so myself!

Gino Sorbillo is the man behind the empire he created with his own hands. First he will tell you about his unconditional love for Naples, his hometown, what the region has to offer with all the quality of raw material, homeland of mozzarelas, burratas and pomodorinis. But most of all what he has done to the neighborhood where he chose to open his pizzeria. Yes, Centro Storico, in Via del Tribunale, where Camorra is renown for playing their rules. This is a delicate issue of course but Sorbillo has placed his cards too. Some say he managed to fight the mafia but I guess this is not the point here.

Gino Sorbillo at work

credits Sorbillo Facebook

He loves what he does, does is really well and what he really fights for is to achieve higher and higher. With 3 pizzerias in Naples, 2 of Zia Esterina (the historical fried pizza take away) locations, Milan and very soon the Big Apple.

pizza fritta zia esterina

credits Sorbillo Facebook

When in Naples make sure to save one evening just for it. The waiting time is long but surely worth it!

Follow Sorbillo on Instagram, Facebook ,Twitter and visit his website too.

+39 081 446643

Carluccio

Carluccio & his food empire UK

“Italian men has two main functions, to eat and to make love”

Antonio Carluccio

Carluccio

Last week the world of food has lost a very important figure. He was considered the Godfather of Italian food abroad.
He was born in Salerno, in the region of Campania, the fifth of six children.
He moved with his father’s job when he was young and lived in Castelnuovo Belbo and Borgofranco d’Ivrea. Living in the northwest, an area with great vegetation, as a child he would hunt through the forest for different mushrooms and fungi with his father. After leaving school he did his compulsory one year of military service in the Italian Navy. After leaving the navy, he briefly worked as a journalist with La Stampa in Turin and then as a technician and sales representative for typewriter manufacturer Olivetti.
It was not until he moved again, this time to Vienna, to study languages and start his work life as a wine merchant. Thirteen years later he moved to London to become the Italian wine importer of that time. Thas was back in 1975.

Carluccio & Terence ConranIn the restaurant business everything started when he became the manager at Terence Conran’s Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden. He married Conran’s sister. The rest is history.

If you visited London you must surely have come across the Carluccio’s sign from one of his restaurants, seen some of his 20 books in bookshops. It was under his supervision that UK beloved chef Jamie Oliver started working in London.

Gennaro Jamie & Carluccio

Credits David Loftus

That led to a life time friendship between them and Gennaro Contaldo, whom they made a hilarous tv series for BBC called “Two greedy Italians”.

A rather quiet and shy persona, I remember, during my London years when I visited his Deli back in late 90’s. Always present and smiling but reserved, making sure everything was up and running as he wanted. Food was good.

The United Kingdom surely is grateful to what Carluccio represented in the evoution and upgrade of quality of food when eating out over the years but mostly being the man who brought Italian flavors over the chanel.

Antonio Carluccio

In 2007 he was appointed an OBE by the Queen.

*extracts from Wikipedia

Racconti di Cucina

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“Among the many reasons I cook there is the fact that I wish to give my son Giovanni dishes that he will remember throughout his whole life, exactly as it happened to me.”

Angela is a journalist. She was born in Naples. She used to write about politics. Her grandmothers taught her what she nourished in herself, for years. The passion for cooking. She went on to become food editor for Corriere della Sera Cucina where she also has her weekly webcolumn ‘Racconti di Cucina”.
We can now have it at our homes on our cooking books shelves.
Each single recipes tells us a little story. All part of her life. Very southern. Very rich. Very luscious.
You can follow Angela Frenda on Facebook but I actually love her Instagram account.
The quote I started this post is from one of hers when sharing her fond feelings through her food and mouth-watering pictures.

Photos by Laura Spinelli & Claudia Ferri for ‘Racconti di Cucina’ the book.

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Racconti di Cucina by Angela Frenda
Published by Rizzoli 2nd Edition 2015/16
€19,90 hardback