Pizzeria Brandi • Best pizza in Naples!

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Pizzeria Brandi - entrance.
Pizzeria Brandi – entrance.

Did you know Naples is the home of pizza?

I was also told that there is no bad pizza in Naples, every place you go you will leave with a happy smile on your face.

Well, I didn’t exactly intend to put it to a test as I had only a single chance to have pizza there, that’s why we picked Brandi Pizzeria.

This place is one of the oldest pizzerias in Italy, and legend says it was where the very first Margherita pizza was ever made, a gift for Queen Margherita that was visiting the city.

Of course, while in Naples we couldn’t miss this one!

My order

Nothing inventive here, we were super traditional with our choices:

  • To share: Vesuvio salad – smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
  • Hubby: Capricciosa pizza – tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
  • Mine: Margherita pizza. (of course, right? 😜)
Vesuvio Salad - smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
Vesuvio salad – smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
Limonccelo.
Limonccelo.
Capricciosa - tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
Capricciosa – tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
Pizza Margherita.
Pizza Margherita.

As you can immediately see, the Neapolitanian pizza has a different crust from the Romanian one.

The base is thin but the borders are fluffy and doughy, more like a bread texture.
It also has a generous amount of tomato sauce.

How did I find the pizza?
Well, personally, it was THE BEST PIZZA IV’E EVER HAD! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Everything was super delicious: tomato sauce, that buttery fresh mozzarella, the uber fluffy dough. YUM, YUM, YUM!

Just a side note about this pizza, different from the Romanian one, eating the whole thing is a very hard task.
The fluffy dough takes a lot of space in your stomach, so manage what you eat in order to finish your plate! 🙂

I also got excited and tried a shot of Limoncello, a traditional Italian liquor.
Super strong but it leaves a pleasant lemon flavour in your mouth. Recommended!

The verdict

The place is small and located in a very busy area, so try to book in advance or arrive a bit earlier during peak hours.

Service was good and pizzas were on our tables very quickly.
Definitely, a must go while in Naples.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/2vG5wFSobQ62

More information: www.brandi.it/inglese/


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Da Romolo • Rome – Vatican

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Da Romolo - entrance.
Da Romolo – entrance.

We had just left the Vatican and Da Romolo seemed the perfect option for our lunch.

And indeed it was! I only have good memories from this place.

It is just a couple of blocks away from the Vatican, but far enough to not be swamped by tourists. 🙂
Which means you can enjoy your meal in a very calm and relaxing atmosphere.

My order

As we were quite hungry after walking around the Vatican in the morning, our lunch looked like a feast, check it out:

  • To share: Italian bread.
  • Hubby: simple salad (mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots) and Margherita pizza.
  • Mine: caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil) and beef steak.
Italian bread.
Italian bread.
Caprese salad (fresh mozzarela, tomato, basil, and olive oil).
Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and olive oil).
Simple salad - mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots.
Simple salad – mixed leaves, tomato, and carrots.
Marguerita pizza.
Margherita pizza.
Beef steak.
Beef steak.

Every single dish was superb!

I loved the two salads and my huge steak. ❤️

I don’t know if it is because I was really missing a nice piece of beef, but for me, this one was something brought from heaven.

Hubby’s pizza was equally good, with a super crunchy and thin crust, all topped with a delicious fresh mozzarella cheese.

Ah! We didn’t have a chance to try, but they are a trattoria too, so you can find traditional Italian pasta options there as well.

The verdict

The restaurant is beautiful inside, very charming and comfy.
Staff was extremely friendly and polite, could communicate in English without any issues.

I have absolutely nothing to add, service and food both spot-on!

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/y5em2cor3mp

More information: www.daromoloallamoleadriana.it


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Mimì e Cocò • Rome

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Mimì e Cocò - entrance.
Mimì e Cocò – entrance.

The reason why we decided to go to Mimì e Cocò was my craving for risottos.

We needed a place close to our accomodation and their good reviews online seemed to us a promising choice.
So, why not try it out?!

It’s a relatively small place, working more as a bar than as a restaurant to be honest, but they offer a good variety of dishes, such as pasta, pizzas and risottos (😍).

My order

Our idea was to have a small meal that evening, so we decided to go only with the first course as follows:

  • Mine: funghi risotto.
  • Hubby: spinach and ricotta ravioli.
Funghi risotto.
Funghi risotto.
Spinach and ricotta ravioli.
Spinach and ricotta ravioli.

Hubby loved his ravioli. I tried a bit and indeed was yum!

My risotto on the other hand, despite of being flavoursome it was overcooked, almost like a porridge texture. 😭

Speaking of the portion sizes, they were enough for a somewhat light dinner.

I don’t know about you, but Italian portions are usually huge and we were having some trouble to fit in all the food we wanted to try. há 😆

The verdict

The food was good overall (despite my porridge-style risotto 😜).

But it wasn’t remarkable, so I don’t know if I would come back for a meal.

I believe if you want to have some drinks and appetisers this is a great place, but for dinner or lunch I’d give it a miss.

At the occasion, staff looked a bit rude and inattentive, but easily able to understand English.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/SaSRr1ZPKhD2

More information: www.mimiecoco.com


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Emma – Pizzeria con cucina • Rome (restaurant review)

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Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.
Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.

In September this year, I had the opportunity to make a long-time-dream come true: Hubby and I packed our bags to spend a 3.5-week long holiday travelling around Europe!
Obviously, I’ll publish here all places I eat and visited, so stay tuned. :D.

Our first stop in Europe was Italy, more specifically in Rome.

Of course, our food choice to kick-off our holidays was pizza!
Emma pizzeria was super close to our accommodation and had amazing reviews online, which sounded like a good option.

Lucky us! This place was wonderful, giving us an awesome start and a good idea of what was coming next. 😁

My order

Romanian pizza was one of the items I had long-added to my foods-to-try list.

I really wanted to check what the famous crunchy and super thin pizza disc was all about. So we decided to order:

  • Mine: Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
  • Hubby: Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Quattro stagioni - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Margherita Red Cow - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).

Indeed, the crust was super thin and crunchy, and also super yum!

And what about the flavour, you may be asking!?

Mine was good but nothing special…

However, Hubby’s choice was SPOT-ON.

Oh my, that red cow parmesan was simply out of this world!

It was so remarkable, so punchy, totally putting this Margherita pizza on another level…
Seriously, you need to try this.

The verdict

It’s a great restaurant, with many other dishes available and a good variety of pizza flavours.
Staff is polite and friendly, no issues ordering things in English as well. I loved their service.

I wouldn’t say you should visit Rome only to try this restaurant, but if you happen to be around and keen to have an authentic Romanian pizza, make sure to order a Margherita Red Cow pizza!
That’s a true winner! 🏆

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/jiFg6DnGCfu

More information: www.emmapizzeria.com


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The best cauliflower pizza crust | Cauliflower dishes #2

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I can finally say I’ve mastered the technique to make the perfect cauliflower pizza crust. I’ve tried so many different ideas, changing a bit here and there, willing to get a version that doesn’t fall apart.

Today I’m proud to say I’ve achieved that! This is the BEST Cauliflower Pizza Crust EVER! This crust is perfect and simply has the best texture and flavour you can imagine. Put your fork on the side and embrace a delicious slice of pizza with your hands. 🙂

Ingredients
  • ½ head of cauliflower, shredded
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Black pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Add water and shredded cauliflower in a pan. Once it starts boiling, cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and let it cool down.
  3. After the cauliflower has cooled enough – like lukewarm temperature, strain the liquid out placing it on a cheesecloth or a thin tea cloth, squeezing very well. Squeeze it until you can’t see any drops of water coming out of it. Nobody likes a soggy crust!
  4. Next, add the strained cauliflower together with the rest of the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix everything until well combined.
  5. Place a baking sheet on a pizza tray and pour the batter over it. Use a spoon or spatula to make it even and in a circular shape.
  6. Bake the crust for 20 minutes at 180C (356F).
  7. It’s done! You can top your crust with any filling you like, here I added tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, black olives, and cherry tomatoes. Pizza time! 🍕

Are you also a cauliflower lover?
If so, check out here all amazing recipes we have with cauliflower. 🙂