The 7 Best Certified Neapolitan Pizzerias in the US
Italians take their pizza quite seriously, and nowhere in Italy takes it more seriously than the city of Naples. This is a major surprise to absolutely no one, but what you might not know — unless you’re fortunate enough to spend your working hours stirring sauce and pounding out dough — is that there’s an organization whose sole mission is to make sure that Neapolitan pizza remains free of false bravado. The group is called the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, and its mission is to“promote and protect, in Italy and worldwide, the ‘true Neapolitan pizza,’“ according to its website. As an official office of the Italian government, the AVPN certifies Neapolitan pizzerias around the globe and keeps this UNESCO-protected culinary delicacy true to its original form. Plenty of places claim to have the best Neapolitan-style pizza, but few are certified straight from the style’s home city.