Your Dinner Tonight: Il Pizzaiuolo

Picking pizza is as personal a decision as what you wear, and worldwide the choices abound. Even in Italy there are different kinds according to region, but I have to admit that despite never having been to Naples, Neopolitan pizza takes the cake for me. I’ve been hooked on the chewy crust ever since I ventured into 2 Amy’s in D.C. during my freshman year of college, and since then I’ve eaten at several different Neopolitan pizza inspired restaurants. A few weeks ago some friends and I headed out for pizza and ended up at a Neopolitan eatery in Florence just off of Sant’Ambrogio.

If you’re a weekly reader, you’ll remember that in the mornings the area has a great food market, so any restaurant in the vicinity surely can’t disappoint, right? Il Pizzaiuolo is definitely a winner. Packed out on a Friday night, we were glad we had called and gotten reservations for 9 pm after we had finished watching the Olympics opening ceremony. While there were small groups waiting in the drizzle outside for a table, we were shown right in and had a table quite near to the open over, which was both entertaining and warm, nice on a cold and rainy winter night.

The options seem to be endless, and we each got something different. My pizza had mushrooms, prosciutto, baby artichokes and olives, and was super tasty.

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We all agreed that we are definitely going back to get an appetizer we saw another table order– a massive ball of mozzarella cheese with accompaniments. Yum! If you’re looking for good pizza in Florence, this is definitely the place. Fresh, simple ingredients plus a location off the tourist track means that you’re getting serious quality for a reasonable price– and the couple at the next table is probably Italian.

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