Napoli on the Road: The Art of the Pizzaiuolo Meets the Streets of London

Add an Piaggio Ape personalized with a volcanic stone wood-fired oven and the know-how of two pizzaiuoli from Campania and you have the recipe for a street-food business that is bringing the Neapolitan tradition of making pizza around London.

Napoli on the Road” is the idea of Paolo and Michele, who used to work together as pizza chefs at the renowned pizzeria Sartori in Leicester Square. Early this year they started the project with the aim of bringing Neapolitan pizza in the streets and showing that it can be a light and digestible dish, unlike what many would think. Now they are present in various events, offices for lunch and markets around London. For instance, on Saturday they park their Ape at the Schoolyard Market, close to the famous Broadway Market in Hackney.

Michele and Paolo with their personalized Ape Piaggio
The Volcanic Stone wood-fired Oven

One of the things that make this truck special is that Paolo and Michele work in tandem: Michele usually is the fornaio (i.e. baker) and Paolo the pizza-maker. However, they sometimes switch roles. Unlike other food trucks, the customers can see the pizza making process clearly. They use fresh ingredients coming regularly from Italy. The buffalo mozzarella, for instance, is from a dairy in the province of Caserta. They also use the Piennolo tomato, a Slow Food product from the volcano Vesuvius. The pizza is digestible and light also thanks to the long lasting raising of the dough, which reaches 30 hours. Another characteristic feature is the high “Cornicione” (outer edge), which is typical of the Neapolitan tradition. The quality of all the ingredients is extremely high, even the olive oil (extra virgin, of course) and the flour (blend of the well-known Caputo brand).

Michele and Paolo working in tandem
Napoli on the Road

Let’s look  at the menu, but first the size: do not expect the same as a pizzeria. Instead, expect a light, digestible pizza that you can eat in the street. Prices are affordable, going from 4£ for Marinara (the classic with oregano, tomatoes, garlic and pepper) to 7£ for the Vegetarian and the “Napoli on the Road”, which features the unique Pomodoro del Piennolo. Another pizza I would recommend is the new “Propepe”, with smoked cheese, pepper, basil and tomatoes. As well, next month will feature the special “Ricotta e Zucchine”, another classic that can be enjoyed by vegetarians as well. 

Overall, Napoli on the Road is definitely one of the best pizzeria I have tried in the city and it comes at an affordable price, and with excellent ingredients. Bravi ragazzi!

Marinara (with Pomodoro del Piennolo)

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