'Stefano Ferrara' on Serious Eats
There's a Stefano Ferrara oven firing Neapolitan pizzas in a Rockville, MD strip mall. For the Neapolitan-starved suburbanites of DC, Pizza CS is a welcome addition.
Artisanal, wood-fired pizzas are all the rage these days. But when a quality Neapolitan-inspired pizza shows up on the fourth floor of your local mall, does that mean this once rarefied approach to cooking pizzas has officially gone mainstream?
Every aspect of building this pizzeria excites me: talking to my lenders, finishing my floor plan, choosing the lighting, developing the menu, purchasing the mixer. However, perhaps no singular aspect excites me more than purchasing my oven and yesterday, I sent my first wire to a bank in Naples, Italy.
[Photographs: Adam Kuban] This has got to be the shiniest pizza oven in NYC — maybe the world. Slice got a sneak peek at the oven and some of the pizza to come out of it last night at Donatella's, Donatella Arpaia's soon-to-open pizzeria on 19th and Eighth in Chelsea. We'll bring you pizza pics later today, but here are a few shots of the fire-breathing beauty for those of you obsessed with such things. Earlier ... Donatella's PIzza Oven: The Build-Out » Donatella's: The Oven Is Being Cured » Video: Neapolitans Talk Pizza (While Ed Levine Antagonizes Them!) »...
Last week we mentioned that Donatella Arpaia was having a wood-fired pizza oven installed in her upcoming pizzeria, Donatella's. Yesterday, Slice was lucky enough to peep a part of the oven-building process.