Pizzeria restaurant Tutti i Sapori in Queens Parade, North Fitzroy has been made a member of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) in Naples for its Margherita Verace pizza.
Tutti i Sapori (All the Flavours) is the 11th association member in Melbourne, the 23rd in Australia and carries worldwide membership number 590.
With its red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil) colours, the Margherita is a recognisable symbol of Italian food.
AVPN membership is based on strict adherence to the requirements of wood-burning oven, all-natural, non-processed ingredients (flour, tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and yeast, all preferably imported from Naples or Campania region), dough-making technique, baking heat and time, work surfaces, oven peel and pizza size.
An AVPN assessment team reviewed the restaurant process and product late February. Membership followed last week.
The ingredients and process for the Margherita Verace applies to all Tutti i Sapopri pizzas.
The restaurant can now use the AVPN accreditation badge Vera Pizza Napoletana (above).
Owner Mark Minutolo (pictured) said his restaurant had strived for Italian regional authenticity in its menu in its first three years and extended that philosophy when the wood-fired pizza was added two years ago.
“Pasta and meat dishes are driven by my mother, Rita, who, as a teenager, started cooking genuine Italian food for her family of seven when they arrived in 1973 from Maida in Calabria,” said Mark. “She had no choice, thankfully, because her flavours are perfect!”
Mark said his pizzas had to have the same level of authenticity and while he trialled local ingredients he found true flavours came with Italian ingredients, especially the flour and in the highest quality Italian tomatoes.
“Many people in our local North Fitzroy and Clifton Hill community are well-travelled and equate our food to their own regional dining experiences in Italy,” he said. “It’s very pleasing now to have our pizzas validated as the real thing.”
Pizza chef is Vincenzo Iovino, from Naples on a 457 Visa. He is sponsored by Tutti i Sapori. “Vincenzo doubly ensures our pizzas are genuine,” Mark added.