A friend of mine discovered this charming little Neapolitan restaurant by chance, and shared the knowledge with me during the last holiday season. Having been to Naples, I have an idea of what real Neapolitan pizza is (actually one of the best I’ve ever tried), so finding a restaurant run by Neapolitans hell bent on preparing the best pizzas in their citiy’s traditional way was a pleasant surprise. As an Italian I once met told me: “You can only find out if a pizzeria is good by trying their simplest pizzas, like the margherita; it’s easy to chock up the flavor by adding all sorts of stuff”. And boy, Totò e Peppino’s margherita and marinara pizzas, the most traditional (and you could say “simplest”) of Neapolitan pizzas, are good.
But don’t take my word for it. You can ask Real Madrid’s players, who usually eat Totò e Peppino’s pizzas every weekend they play at home, delivered directly at the stadium after the game is over. Turns out that Fabio Cannavaro, a Neapolitan himself, is a friend of one of the owners and recommended the restaurant during his stint in the capital. And ever since, most of the players have visited it, and nowadays grace its walls: right at the entrance, there are a myriad of pictures of Real Madrid’s stars, from Iker Casillas to both Ronaldos.