While I was preparing my first impressions on Double Zero Napoletana, I reached out to the Verace Pizza Napoletana Americas (VPN) for some clarification on a few “pizza rules.” The VPN is an international organization that seeks to “cultivate the culinary art of making Neapolitan pizza.” The Americas division is their outfit in our hemisphere, so I felt they were best equipped to handle my question.
I was most perplexed by DZ’s claim that,in accordance with VPN guidelines, they will not serve cut pizza. I wanted to see what the guidelines for serving cut pizza were and here is the response I got:
The VPN standards are related to the way a Neapolitan style pizza is made. The way people eats the pizza depends on habit and culture.
Italians doesn’t share the pizza. Everybody order and eat their own pizza. This is the main reason that the pizza is served uncut.
In the American culture, the pizza is still considered a food to share, either you are eating at the restaurant or sitting on a sofa at home watching TV. This is the main difference and this is the reason that in our restaurant we serve the pizza uncut, exactly in the same way we serve a steak or a chicken dish.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Have a wonderful day.
If you’d like to learn more about VPN, you can visit their website. After spending some time looking through their criteria, I am actually curious to see how many of the pizzerias around town that claim to adhere to the VPN standards, actually do that.