It’s No Small Change to Make The Best Pizza in NJ

Wood Fired Pizza Oven at Undici Restaurant in NJUndici Taverna Rustica in Rumson is a well known authentic Italian restaurant owned by Victor Rallo.  For the past 2 years, the restaurant has become somewhat of a landmark for Italian food lovers from all over NJ.  Just recently, Rallo went out on a limb, daring to change his recipe for success, in an attempt to make and serve the best Pizza Napoletana around. 

When Rallo opened his NJ Italian restaurant 2 years ago, he rounded out his authentic Italian menu with piping hot, oven fresh pizza.  Contrary to the way pizza is cooked in Italy, Rallo reluctantly made his pizza in a wood/gas burning oven, not a customary all wood burning oven.   “Although I knew this was not the traditional Naples way, I also knew that I had no training in using only wood fire.  And because the oven never reached the high temperatures of 800-850 degrees Fahrenheit of a solely wood fired oven, I had to tweak the ingredients because the pizza needed more time to cook. In Naples a pizza cooks in 2-3 minutes.”

A few months ago, an opportunity presented itself for Rallo to work with renowned pizza guru Anthony Mangieri, the man behind Una Pizza Napoletana, a famous pizza destination in NYC.  Mangieri had just sold his NYC landmark and was getting ready to move to San Diego to open another.  Before he moved, Rallo seized the opportunity to have Mangieri show him the ropes of a wood burning oven. 

In a matter of a few short weeks, Rallo converted his combination gas/wood oven to an all wood burning oven and began testing recipes.  According to Rallo, it was no small change fine tuning the formula for his new pizza.  “We started on a Monday and it was almost a disaster, but we quickly learned from our mistakes and were back at it on Tuesday.  After about two weeks and 500 pizzas, we were ready to make the change and were confident everyone would appreciate our new authentic Pizza Napoletana.”

best pizza in nj at undici restaurant in rumsonThe authentic pizza Napoletana is a huge success at Undici, bringing in people from all over NJ who want to try New Jersey’s best pizza Napoletana.  Undici’s  pizza menu now consists of five Naples style pizza choices; Originale, Bianco, Margherita, Filetti and Arugula e Prosciutto.  Each is made using authentic, all Italian ingredients.

To learn more about Undici’s pizza menu, visit http://www.undicirestaurant.com/menus/dinner_menu.php