This Fall, The Bronx will be home to the New York Pizza Festival where you can sample the good stuff from at least 30 pizzerias from across the country as well as Naples, Italy home of modern day pizza.
Where in The Bronx? Why Little Italy of course.
The festival is based on the Napoli Pizza Village two day festival in Naples, Italy and is designed as “…a two-day celebration to bring some of the most renowned pizza makers from around the U.S.. . . to have these stands lining the street in New York, where people can come and enjoy and try these expressions of pizza.”
Needless to say our stomachs are excited for this event and of course doubly excited that it’s taking place in our own back yard.
Participating pizzerias will be cooking their pies right on the street in ovens that are going to be supplied by several sponsors.
A fixture at the Naples event, famed pizzaiolo Gino Sorbillo says he’s happy to see the New York Pizza Festival come to life in the Bronx, and to participate: “The pizza world is strong all over the world, especially in New York, and after Napoli Pizza Village, New York will be another great spectacle and pizza community gathering,” Sorbillo says in a statement.
Pizzerias thus far committed to visiting what Mortati calls “arguably the number one city for pizza, after Naples” include: San Francisco’s Tony’s Pizza Napoletana from 12-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani; Seattle’s Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria; Atlanta’s The Local Pizzaiolo from Giulio Adriani, the four-time World Pizza Champion behind Forcella in New York; and Chicago’s Spacca Napoli. New York favorites like Kesté Pizza & Vino, Denino’s and Speedy Romeo are also on the lineup curated by local pizza historian and tour guide Scott Wiener and “Pizza Today” magazine editor-in-chief Peter LaChappelle.
The festival will take place Columbus Day weekend and over 20,000 attendees are expected (that’s a lot of mouths to feed!).
Organizers assured amNY that this will be not be anything like the failed New York Pizza Festival in Brooklyn last year.
I mean the fact that it was held in Brooklyn was the first failure. Just saying.
Anywho, we cannot wait!