Pizza #260 Bianca Completa, Le Querce di Mamre
Shredded Parmesan, Mozzarella, cooked prosciutto, arugula, tomatoes
Via Apuleio (gia via bella vista) in Bacoli (Napoli)
The no-seating Frigitorria of Le Querce di Mamre was not my first choice for pizza. In another example of what I call the ‘pizza paradox’ (despite the presence of 12,000 pizzerias in Naples, it is sometimes hard to get a pizza) the agriturismo pizzeria I visited had lights on, including a gaudy green lit sign that indicated it was open, but had no personnel inside. Aside from a horse, a donkey and two geese, there was no one on the facility. It felt a bit odd wandering though the part-farm and part-restaurant alone with the exception of a horse staring at me. It seems like only in Naples, where homes and ristorantes blend seamlessly into one another, could a customer stumble around the front yard, barn, and the brick oven bakery without so much as a query as to why I was there. I can not imagine wandering around a Chili’s or T.G.I. Friday’s kitchen back in the United States without any interaction with staff or managers inquiring as to what I was doing.
I decided my chances for pizza at this particular place in Bacoli were slim, and I left for the nearest pizzeria, Le Querce di Marme. This small place produced an excellent Bianca Completa pizza, whose best feature was the large amounts of shredded parmesan. The crust was superior- chewy with a perfect amount of charcoal brushed on the underside. The arugula was less than fresh, but combined with quality cuts of prosciutto was still well above average, especially for a place where seating was not even available. On a scale of one to ten I give the toppings a 6.5 and the crust a 7.5
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