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Pizza restaurants you should not miss in Zurich City

Pizza is not equal Pizza – Have you ever tried a Neapolitan Pizza with bufala mozzarella or other quality toppings? What makes the difference? A slice of history for you!

Where everything began – the invention of Margherita Pizza

Back in time the ancient Greeks were the first one topping flatbreads with tasty ingredients. The term ‘pizza’ came up near Rome or Naples (depending on who you like to trust) around 1000 AD. This is why we differentiate between Neapolitan and Roman Pizza. Later more about this. By the 18th century, pizza had become a cost-effective way of feeding the peasantry. The Italians discovered a new fruit brought over from the New World. So easily the humble tomato made its way onto this traditional flatbread. We are all happy about this accident, since than the Pizza is desired on the whole planet. We cannot think it out of our plates.

Queen Margherita and King Umberto back in 1889 influenced their personal Chef to create a Pizza showing the Italian flag. The green comes with the basil, the red with the tomatoes and the white by using mozzarella. He named the pizza after the monarch, that is how we got today’s Margherita pizza !

What is an authentic Neapolitan Pizza

Most know a pizza with a thin-to-medium crust and soil, this is the so called Roman Pizza. It tends to be crunchier than the pizza in Naples. Roman-style dough is typically left to rise for about three or four days, then baked at 500°F-600°F — much cooler than the temperature in which Neapolitan pizza is cooked (at least 800 F°). When it comes to a thicker, soft and elastic crust that is easy to fold (also named pizza al portafoglio), we talk about the Neapolitan Pizza. There is a governing body called the True Neapolitan Pizza Association (TNPA) that keeps the standards of true Neapolitan pizza alive.

Only the Pizza Margherita and Pizza Marinara are regarded as authentic Italian pizzas. The Marinara comes with tomato, garlic, oregano, extra virgin olive oil and possibly basil. The Margherita exceptionally with certified mozzarella di bufala cheese or fior di latte mozzarella. A Place where you get delicious fior di latte Mozzarella is the Ristorante Più at Schiffbau for example.

By reading all of this Pizza knowledge you may understand, that pizza is not equal pizza. It is a real complex topic. At the end your stomach and eyes will decide. I promise you, these three spots will make it difficult for you, to return to other standards.

4 places to get Neapolitan quality pizza in Zurich

Ristorante Più Schiffbau

My recommendation: Pizza Margherita (tomato sauce, fior di latte, basil) The only place I found so far with real juicy fresh fior di latte Mozzarella. The dough they prepare at Più gets enough time to rest, at least 48 hours, this makes the dough ideal to digest. Get the whole food experience here on my food guide.

Costs: Pizzas start with CHF 17.– (Marinara) to CHF  27.–

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday:  11.30–14.30 / 17.30–23.30 , Friday: 11.30–14.30 / 17.30–24 .00, Saturday: 11.30–24.00, Sunday: 11.30–23.00

Address: Hardstrasse 259, 8005 Zürich

 

Ristorante & Pizzeria NA081

My recommendation: Pizza Vesuvio Gold. A combination of ingredients you can’t find somewhere else in Zurich. comes with sweet sour yellow cherry tomatoes, ricotta di bufala, provala affumicata, grana padano, pancetta and some tarallo sbriciolato. Get the whole food experience here on my food guide.

Costs: Pizzas start with CHF 19.5o for a Marinara Pizza – The Vesuvio Gold is 28.50 CHF.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 14:00 / 18:00 – 00:00, Saturday: 18:00 – 00:00, Sunday: 18:00 – 00:00

Address: Konradstrasse 71, 8005 Zürich

Pizzeria San Gennaro

My recommendation: Prosciutto & Funghi. Best selection of fresh ingredients, not overloaded with mozzarella. In summer a must do due to their marvelous terrace overlooking the river. The pizza is authentic Neapolitan style. I liked the consistency of the dough very much!

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11:30 – 14:00 / 17:30 to 23:00, Saturday – Sunday: 17:00 to 23:00

Address: Hönggerstrasse 43 – 8037 Zürich

 

Arcade  Pizzeria

My recommendation: Marinara pizza with Stracciatella cheese. The stracciatella is freshly made from the burrata. Check their daily special Pizza selection .The dough rises for at least 96 hours, this makes their pizza easy to digest. I found the size ideal.
The location is practical, just in front of the strain staition Wiedikon, the ambience is comfy and you feel very welcome at Arcade Restaurant. Beside Pizza you get also home made pasta and great antipasti with fresh products from Italy.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 6.00 – 23:00, Saturday – Sunday: 6:00 – 24:00, Sunday closed

Address: Birmensdorferstrasse 67, 8004 Zürich

 

 

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NA081 Pizzeria & Restaurant Zurich

My personal highlight: A firework of flavors on the top of Pizza Vesuvio Gold made from the Pizza Champion 2018 Capuozzo

Once you start looking for good food there is no way out. Gladly my friends support me in the research of new spots in town, that is how I came across this new Pizzeria & Restaurant called Na081 located at Konradstrasse 71 between Mainstation and Limmatplatz. If you never made it to Napoli, never mind, now you find a precious slice of this mediterranean pearl in Zurich.

A pizzeria where you feel the real Neapolitan food and life culture

Entering the door I followed the beautiful soul vibes from the unique Neapolitan Singer Pino Daniele. His words throw me back to my summer holidays in Italy. You need to check his songs! Pino has a high and soft voice unique of its kind and he plays wonderful guitar!

The smiling and singing staff with the authentic easygoing and hearty Italian way invites to take a seat and start the culinary experience!

My first question to the owner Paolo: what means NA081?
NA is the car registration no. for Napoli, 081 the phone prefix of Napoli.

The ambience at the restaurant is easy and relaxed. Find carefully selected, regional ingredients and selected premium products from Italian delicacy factories. Here you get original Bufala Mozzarella, warm and cold appetizers from the region, seafood and of course the traditional Napoli Pizza made by the Pizza World Champion named Capuozzo.

I suggest to also try the variety of dishes they offer for lunch. Following NA081 on facebook makes you super hungry every time you log in.

My culinary experience – signature dishes to recommend

We got to try starters typically from the Campania region as Polpette al Sugo as nonna used to make them. Millefoglie di Melanzana or Freselle Primavera with fresh ricotta cheese mousse and grilled vegetables. It’s hardly to find these appetizer somewhere else in town!

As mains: Cozze and Vongole with a perfectly prepared boiled Polipo on top, Purple Potato Gnocchi with eggplants and calamari also a delight for the eyes. The dishes came paired with delicious wines from the Vesuvio region.

Pizza Vesuvio Gold – Campione del mondo 2018

This Pizza lead Capuozzo to win the Pizza World Championship in the category “pizza classica” this year.

Vesuvio Gold comes with sweet sour yellow cherry tomatoes, ricotta di bufala, provala affumicata, grana padano, pancetta and some tarallo sbriciolato! If you prefer a classical pizza, go for the marinara pizza with only fresh tomato sauce that is prepared à la minute.

Sitting in the restaurant you can observe on a giant screen how the pizza is prepared live.

The prices are in super relation for what you get. Starters as of 9.50 CHF, Pizza as of 19.50 CHF

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 14:00 / 18:00 – 00:00, Saturday: 18:00 – 00:00, Sunday: 18:00 – 00:00

Address:  NA081, Konradstrasse 71, CH-8005 Zürich

www.na081.ch

 

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