It was the mid-1980s, and a distinct sect of Napoli’s population was pushing for reform. But this had nothing to do with politics. The group consisted of “pizzaiolis” determined to protect the integrity of their beloved Neapolitan pizza. So they created the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN), which set strict standards for the crafting of authentic Neapolitan pizza. In 1984, the Italian government awarded the VPN legal power to determine which pizzerias serve authentic pies. Several DC restaurants have since earned the VPN’s approval, setting a high standard for pizza in the city.Read More
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Luigi Diotaiuti is hard to ignore. From the red bandanna to the jovial singing, his vivacity makes him a natural for the post of chef-owner at Al Tiramisu. And it’s not just the general public that’s drawn to Luigi—his big personality makes him something of a celebrity magnet. The restaurant’s photo gallery looks like a yearbook for A-listers, displaying Luigi’s beaming face alongside George Clooney, Harrison Ford, and Bill Cosby, among others.Read More