Cronulla, New Sales Wales Queen Margherita of Savoy is a popular, beachside wood-fire Neapolitan pizza spot. There’s also a bit of history behind the name. In 1889, Queen Margherita travelled to Naples. There, a Pizzaiolo by the name of Raphael Esposito was summoned to cook for the Royal Court. He cooked three pizzas for the Queen. One was made to represent the colours of the new united Italian flag; red tomatoes, white mozzarella & green basil. The Queen favoured this pizza the most and it was subsequently named in her honour.
At Queen Margherita of Savoy, Lucio’s favourite pizza is the Marinara Tradizionale (tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, oregano and garlic).
“The pizza at Queen Margherita of Savoy is always so good because they follow the traditional methods of Neapolitan pizza, which always ensures the richness of flavour and simplicity of the pizza. It’s very authentic, Italy would be proud!”
Camberwell, Victoria Little Michael’s Pizzeria, formerly Pizzaiolo Micheluccio, is an authentic wood-fired pizza sit down and take away restaurant in Camberwell. The story goes that in 1982, Nonna Rachele Giacobbe mixed flour, water, grapes, different types of beers and a whole lotta love together and ‘Natural Sourdough Yeast’ was born. The family have kept the recipe and fermentation evolving at Little Michael’s and boy, does it produce some of Melbourne’s most traditionally delicious pizza.
“This pizza is the real deal. It’s made from a recipe handed down through generations, and a mother dough that is more than 30 years old. This is as authentic as it gets.”
Lucio’s favourite pizza on the Little Michael’s menu is the White Margherita (cherry tomato, fior di latte mozzarella, basil & extra virgin olive oil), because it’s “an excellent take on a traditional margherita and brings a whole new dimension to a classic” favourite. He’s also impartial to one of their famous twisted Nutella doughnuts, because “although it’s not super traditional, they’re famous for good reason”.
“This is one of my favourite pizza places in Australia because their bases are perfect and their crust is light and fluffy.”
Fortitude Valley, Queensland Tartufo is located in Brisbane’s central food district of Fortitude Valley, and they focus on traditional Naples-inspired food and pizza. They’re all about family, passionate about serving delicious food and are well-known for their use of extremely local produce. Headed up by renowned chef Tony Percuoco, you can actually taste his zest-for-life attitude in the pizza.
“A really important aspect of making the perfect Neapolitan pizza is the freshness and quality of ingredients. I love that Tony sources all his ingredients locally from the best suppliers within a 200km radius.”
Lucio’s favourite pizza served up by Tony, is Salsiccia e Friarielli, a typical white pizza (fior di latte, pork sausages, friarielli (bitter broccoli leaves), basil and extra virgin olive oil). It’s made using the traditional Napoli recipe and reminds him of being back home in Naples.
“Tony’s pizzas are exactly how pizza should be; with a fluffy crust and a soft base.”
Norwood, South Australia 400 Gradi have a few different locations in Melbourne and one in Norwood, in Adelaide. They’re pretty well-known for using minimal ingredients on their pizza, providing an authentic and extensive menu of Italian classics that suit everyone’s taste.
“400 Gradi are great because they use extremely fresh and good quality products. It makes a big difference to the flavour of authentic pizzas because there aren’t actually many ingredients used. You know when a place is good if their Neapolitan pizza tastes really flavoursome. It means that they’re using fresh, high quality and authentic ingredients.
“They make a mean Diavola (San Marzano tomato, fior di latte, very hot salami and rocket), I love a bit of spice.”
Owner and head chef Lucio De Falco, competed at the 2018 Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza in Parma Italy against 750 participants and 44 different nations. He was awarded best pizza in Australia and 5th in the world, so it’s pretty clear that he knows good pizza. He opened his own pizzeria, a dream he had since he was 14, in 2008, and is now a well-known and much-loved element of the Neapolitan and the wider Italian community in Sydney.
At Lucio’s, you’ll find authentic Neapolitan pizza, traditional Italian dishes, antipasti and desserts. He used locally sourced ingredients and doesn’t believe in overcomplicating his recipes.
“Every pizza is made with love as well as the freshest ingredients and the softest base. I am truly passionate about my culture and its food, and I like to think that shows in our food.”
“TheMargherita is my favourite pizza we make, because it is simple and traditional.”
“It’s one of the original authentic Neapolitan pizzas and there is nothing better than a pizza that honours Italian culture. For me, the secret to good pizza is that it’s best to keep it simple, focus on high quality, traditional ingredients.”
The restaurant is celebrating it’s 13th birthday this year, and is offering free food to anyone else celebrating a 13th anniversary as a fun way to share the love. If this is your 13th year of anything… the pizza is on them!
Want more from Lucio? You can find him throwing dough at @luciopizzeria on Instagram.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
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Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
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