Via Napoli Surry Hills
Via Napoli brings Naples to Crown Street. There’s no question about the restaurant’s Italian authenticity – owner and head chef Luigi Esposito imports flour, tomatoes, olive oil, prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella from Naples.
Born in Naples, Esposito is warm and welcoming. He greets each customer with a smile, often while kneading dough or sliding a Neapolitan-style pizza into the wood-fire oven.
Enthusiasm, energy and a genuine passion to educate Sydneysiders on authentic Neapolitan cuisine lead Esposito to Surry Hills. At number 628, Via Napoli is on the quieter end of Crown Street, but the addition of his pizzeria adds colour to the area.
The design of the pizzeria is the vision of Esposito himself and reflects the friendly atmosphere Via Napoli is famous for. Behind hanging cured meats and a well-stocked cheese fridge, the kitchen is on display.
Esposito recommends the zucchini flowers stuffed with fresh buffalo ricotta and pepper as an entree. The Pizza Fritta is a popular choice; a deep-fried folded pizza stuffed with buffalo ricotta, mozzarella, cacciatore and pepper. For a classic, try Via Napoli’s signature margherita; San Marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil.