Pizza fans may be interested to know that the restaurant's exterior entrance means that it can be open even when the mall is closed.
The new dining addition is helmed by Executive Chef Riccardo Simeone, who, born and raised only 50 miles from Naples, helps put the capstone on the restaurant's pursuit of authenticity. Even the spring water used in the pizza dough has a mineral composition and PH matching that of Naples' water.
Simeone's menu includes authentic La Vera Pizzeria Napoletana, which will soon be officially recognized by the authority on such in Italy. But it also features other Neapolitan favorites like Acqua Pazza and Zeppole.
|Nick Fasciano's "Gesture Wall"|
Decorative volcano faces adorn the open kitchen's 3 pizza ovens, named for the 3 active volcanoes of Italy, Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and Mount Stromboli.
Diners can choose from 70 Italian wines or a selection of cocktails, including the Al Capone.
There is free valet parking available right outside the restaurant, as a bonus.
|Don't Supersize Me: one opening day|
diner found cup sizes to be smaller
than standard; Small (L) and
Medium (R) Coke Zero
Maybe the sizes reflect having to deal with tinfoil dictator and anti-soda zealot Michael Bloomberg at their New York location? I'm only partially joking, as the pizzeria menu does not even offer a large soda option.
Top, bottom: Mike McClelland
Center: Patina Restaurant Group