Come enjoy some of our home-made pastas and raviolis here at Il Piccolo Ritrovo. We pride ourselves in making very gourmet Italian cuisine and offer a very casual atmosphere for family and friends. Nando Silvestri and Tarcisio Mosconi wanted to offer here in the Pacific Palisades a little piece of Italy and brought wonderful recipes along for our guests to enjoy.
Our Pizza Napoletena “pizza come una volta” (pizza as it once was)
The first pizza was created in Naples in the 1800’s in 1889, the cheese was added and that is when the pizza as we know it today was born. There are several distinct features to the pizza Napoletana. First, the dough is not crispy and firm, but instead it is soft, foldable and “wet”. This is why in Naples the pizzas are generally eaten with a fork and knife. They are cooked in wood burning ovens that reach temperatures of a blistering 800 to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, which cook the pizzas in about a minute and in doing so causes the crust to get slightly charred and blackened. Our Oven was handmade by the Marra Family in Naples using sand and ash from Mt. Vesuvio which allows for the extreme heat.
Once again we invite you to come and enjoy a pleasant visit with wonderful wine selection to go along with your meal and a homey environment.