Some might say that Undici Italian restaurant in Rumson ‘wood’ go to any length to make the state’s best Napoletana Pizza. The famed Italian hot spot spent the better part of the last few months tearing apart their kitchen and building an authentic, Naples style, wood fired oven. The new oven is part of Pizza Guru’s Anthony Mangieri’s recipe for the perfect Pizza Napoletana.
Undici’s owner, Victor Rallo, envisioned making the state’s best, authentic Pizza Napoletana. To help make that dream a reality, he hired Anthony Mangieri as his exclusive pizza consultant.
Pizza Napoletana is extremely rare in NJ, and in most states in the US. The authentic Naples style pizza calls for a demanding recipe and difficult cooking process. For starters, only a wood fired stove, using very particular types of wood at different phases of the cooking process can be used. Additionally, all ingredients are imported direct from Italy, including dough made from all Italian ‘00’ flour, San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and bufala mozzarella. The special mozzarella is made with the milk from water buffalo raised in the marshlands of Campania and Lazio.
According to Victor Rallo, owner of Undici, the art of crafting authentic Pizza Napoletana is so delicate, he wanted the expert guidance of legendary pizza guru, Anthony Mangieri.
Mangieri is the culinary master behind New York City’s famous Una Pizza Napoletana, which closed its doors earlier this year after five phenomenal years in business and will reopen in San Francisco early next year. He has since become world famous for his unrelenting passion for hand crafted pizza, and as one of the best pizza makers in the country.
Mangieri spent the last month consulting with Rallo and the chefs at Undici. Before leaving for California, he will be making a final curtain call at Undici this Wednesday, November 25th at 6:30pm. Monmouth County residents are invited to dine at Undici this Wednesday night and enjoy the rare experience of eating fresh Pizza Napoletana cooked by one of the country’s most famous pizza chefs.
To see photos of Anthony Mangieri in action, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/undicirestaurant
About Undici Taverna Rustica
Undici Restaurant is an authentic Tuscan style Italian restaurant in Rumson NJ, designed with ancient stone, wood, tile and plaster. The restaurant features Tuscan cuisine in an intimate and classic setting. The restaurant is located on West River Road.