The news is out...the first certified Vera Pizza Napoletana joint recently opened in Singapore. Run and owned by a Japanese gentleman who already runs several Italian restaurants in town...all with the L'Operetta name. As is typical amongst the Japanese, this fellow is very serious about his craft. He spent several years in Naples, obsessing and learning how to make the cuisine exactly as one would experience in Italy...um, not Italy, but Naples.
Neapolitan pizzas are a legend. Even legendary 3 star Michelin chef Heston Blumenthal went to Naples to learn the perfect pizza...there can only be a maximum of 4 ingredients, and all must be local to Naples...so no pineapple, lobster or salmon, etc...only traditional ingredients...tomatos are from San Marzano, cheezes - fresh DOP certified mozzeralla, ham...garnished with oregano, basil, olives. They even brought in their own own oven...which is so hot, the pizza has to cook within 90 seconds to qualify for the certification. Amazing.
So how is the pizza?
I had the E Fungi...mushroom:
The crust was soft, slightly chewy...this was not the crispy crust you get in American places. The cheese sauce, and melted mozzarella was perfect. As was the bits of cooked ham, basil and parmesan. Very very good pizza.
My friend Kassra had the Margherita...
Ultra simple...tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, parmesan. I tasted a small slice...perfect balance of sweet and tinge of sour of the tomato, with the wonderful rich texture of the mozzarella. Lovely.
Truly a great pizza joint. And worth many revisits.
12 Gopeng Street #01-78-81
Icon Village Singapore 078877
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:00pm
Dinner: Mon-Sat 6:00pm-11:00pm