On our first night in Naples, the birthplace of pizza, what else would two New Yorkers crave? Pizza! So, we took a seat at Pizzeria Attanasio and felt our mouths begin to water as our eyes carefully scanned the menu. With so many choices, it was unfortunate we could only select two...scratch that...one because we agreed the first pizza we ordered in Napoli would be a traditional Margherita pie. It was a solid agreement too because the Margherita pizza had a beautiful, golden-brown and delicately puffy crust surrounding it's perfectly cooked center that stayed intact when we picked up our slices to take a bite. Topped with bright, flavorful tomato sauce and a conservative amount of rich, creamy, gooey, melted mozzarella cheese; each slice embodied the perfect balance of textures and tastes.
For our second selection, we ordered a pizza with several toppings and expected to get a pie with each topping scattered about. However, I am happy to say that was not the case. Instead, our next pizza was artfully molded into a five-pointed star and was appropriately called Stella. Each pleasantly plump point was filled with a different topping from pepperoni, to eggplant, to salami, to ham and soft cheese, all of which indulged and delighted us. With a "traditional" center of tomato sauce and melted mozzarella, taking a bite of this creation was all about combining the sweet, cheesy center with a bit of the savory, salty goodness encapsulated by each tip of this "stellar" take on pizza. Paired with two Peronis, this was a great start to our culinary travels in Napoli!