Praise for A Casa Mia from Italian judges
PIZZA fans no longer need to jet off to Italy to enjoy la dolce vita. Instead, some of Italy’s most eminent pizza connoisseurs were in Kent on Monday to recognise a restaurant providing authentic Neapolitan food. A Casa Mia, in Herne Bay High Street, is the only UK restaurant to be given the coveted True Neapolitan Pizza Association certificate for pizza made using traditional ingredients and authentic methods. It was presented by Antonio Pace, president of the association, and vice president Massimo Di Parzio to owner Gennaro Esposito at the restaurant on Monday evening.
Mr Pace said:
“We are very happy and proud to be here and to give for the first time this award for true Neapolitan pizza to the first place in the UK. We do not give away these certificates just to people because they are Italian. We give them to people who know how to make the real pizza. We have been here, we have witnessed what they do and their dedication to a true Neapolitan pizza.”
Mr Esposito, who is originally from Naples, flew his pizza chefs to the UK from Italy to preserve the authenticity of the food, and installed a traditional pizza oven. He runs the restaurant with his wife Donna and a team of local staff. He said:
“This is a major achievement for us and for Herne Bay. To be the first UK restaurant to be accredited by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association is a real honour and we are delighted and proud. I want to thank everyone for their support and I hope many more people will continue to see for themselves why we received the certificate.”
The award is not granted for life and could be removed at any time if standards at the restaurant slip. To contact the restaurant call 01227 504175.
Herne Bay Times, April 17th 2014