Preserving the centuries old craft of Neapolitan Pizza

There isn’t a place in the world where pizza is more ingrained in the culture than Naples. It is, after all, where pizza was born. That includes firing your pizza in a wood-burning oven to a blistering 900 degrees. Punch utilizes the same centuries-old techniques that Neapolitan masters use to create a truly authentic pizza. The world’s finest crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and top-secret dough form the foundation of the pizza, but the true craft is in mastering the wood fired oven.

Trianon Trianon in Naples – one of our favorites.
Postcard of Queen Margherita Postcard of Queen Margherita from Pizzaria Brandi.

History of the Craft

Vera Pizza Napoletana

Vera Pizza Napolitana sign This elite organization, better known as the pizza poliza, maintains rules to ensure the authenticity of Neapolitan pizza; dough must be rolled out and shaped by hand. Also, pizzerias that belong to this organization must use wood-burning, bell-shaped brick ovens.

Pizzaioli - Highly Skilled, Highly Trained, Highly Loved

The literal translation means "maker of pizza," but that’s hardly an apt description. In Naples, they are true artisans, with years of apprentiship required. At Punch, only those with true grit get a shot at the oven, which can be both mentally and physically challenging. Lose focus and you’ll burn a pizza in seconds.

Pizzaoli standing next to an oven