This Week's Cafe Review: Vera Pizza Napoletana-ish Pies at Pizzeria Solario
"VPN Americas is the American Delegation of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, an international non-profit organization founded in the mid 1980's by a group of Neapolitan pizzaiolis (pizza makers) seeking to cultivate the culinary art of making Neapolitan pizza. On June 1984, the association was officially established as a denomination of control (DOC) by the Italian government, a designation that made the VPN a legal entity able to give special designation to pizzerias who meet strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making. The President is Antonio Pace."
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg They're almost as good as in Naples ... almost.
That's how the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana describes itself. It might sound like a lot of formality for an organization devoted to pizza, but in Italy, folks take pizza very seriously. We might not be quite so reverent of crust, sauce and cheese here in Houston, but we're also pretty serious when it comes to pizza.
It was abundantly clear in the comments section of our article about Houston's top 10 pizzas of 2013 that everyone has a favorite, and most people aren't going to agree on which pizza is best. Some like thicker, doughier crust. Some like oodles of toppings. Some, like myself, prefer thin, Neapolitan-style pizza like the kind promoted by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.