Well, Lisa (delpeoples) has waited long enough.
Long before arriving in Naples, Lisa had advised me to visit her favorite Pizzeria in all of Naples. Its called Brandi's.
So my girlfriend and I did the usual thing, searched it online to get the location, and one of the VERY FIRST things we did in Naples was locate Brandi's Pizzeria.
We found it rather quickly, but it was closed, so we headed back again the next day. Now this is where it gets funny!!!
So this was our experience at Lisa's favorite pizza place....
We arrived and were sat down at a table by one of their servers. He gave us two menu's to read over.
I mentioned to Tosca how the menu seemed strange to me.
I was certain there were no 'main dishes' for pizza, only appetizers -very small pizza's. We continued on and didn't think much of it. So we decided on a couple of items.
When the server came back, we mentioned to him there didn't seem to be any main dishes on the menu, only appetizers and drinks. The server looked at us with a look of disgust and anger. He let out a very large and obvious sigh, took the menu from our hands abruptly, trying to show us the main dishes.
Then he got REALLY mad because he realized our 2 menus were missing 2 pages each!!!
He had already scribbled down some notes on his paper he was carrying - he let out some italian swear word loudly, ripped out the note paper from his pad angrily and crumbled it up and threw it onto the floor! lol
He then quickly ran away to give us 2 menu's with ALL the pages lol
Tosca and I were just looking at each other with amazement...we thought to our selves...are we on TV?
Is this a gag joke we're involved in? what's going on here? Is this for real???
To make a long story short, our pizza's arrived and they were pretty darn good.
Tosca and I both agreed the BEST pizza in Naples was not Lisa's favorite Brandi's. It was the pizzeria that I have posted as my main photograph here today.
This is Trianon's Pizzeria. The owner of this small shop was an elderly gentleman, sat down with us for a long time. He explained the menu in full, was very kind, generous, interesting and genuine. It was a wonderful experience and the pizza was a 10 out of 10.
He let us take a photo of one of the cooks.
I even located Trianon's pizzeria on Google Earth, so Lisa can map it out the next time she visits Naples!
Hope you enjoyed the story!
Critiques | Translate
lousat (73837) 2014-08-26 6:29
Hi Craig,i'm italian and obviuosly i'm crazy for pizza..hehee...but i never been in Naples and i don't know if is right to tell that the best pizza is here.In Italy now there are a lot of egyptian pizzerie and you know how is perfect the egyptian art to made bread,now i like pizza especially if made by egyptians...eheh..but always cooked in a wood-fired oven.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
snunney (80537) 2014-08-26 6:54
An interesting and amusing story to accompany this well presented daily life composition. Very difficult to say where the best pizzas come from however. A lot depends on your experience and perceptions at the time. One man's meat is another man's poison!
Gerrit (45745) 2014-08-26 8:45
that's a marvelous old oven. The rest of the scenery including the cook is also in style.
InasiaJones (31446) 2014-08-26 9:28
I think that all Italians have the same hot blooded temper, very dramatic in their reactions, whether they live in Montreal, San Francisco, Australia or their mother land. The kind of reaction that happened to you happens to me all the time, as these guys are all actors, reacting like an opera performer, just for the show. Short fused, expressive and always friendly nevertheless.
I once had a zuppa di pesce at Luna in New York, asking for more bread in the middle of my meal to the server, only to be replied: "You had enough!!". Twenty seconds later, a basket full of bread was dropped on the table... I like Italians.
The kitschy tiles mixed with slabs of marble scream Napoli, and the oven have a charm of its own. I like that you have captured the proud man in action, posing for the delighted tourists (that we all are...), and the masterpiece coming out of the flames. Now everyone looking at your shot will want to have a pizza for dinner, but nothing can come close to the real thing...
ktanska (24396) 2014-08-26 11:00
Old and hot wood oven looks great and I'm sure that's best possible place to bake a pizza and I trust your word on quality too. Good work related portrait. Maybe you could have made a bit dimmer version of it. Looking at the exposure values, there wasn't much light there.
It's nice to read a good story here in TE every now and then. Everyone on the restaurant business would be angre to notice missing pages on the menu. It's just a question of nature how to express it!
photographer_sg (3361) 2014-08-26 12:58
I liked the spontaneity of this shot and of course your note that makes me smile. Excellent daily life picture. The gentleman does look kind and he seems to be making one giant pizza :).
Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
worldcitizen (6633) 2014-08-26 13:17
I don't know about Naples, but I can certainly tell you where to find the best pizza and Italian food in Brooklyn. :-) They also use a wood-burning oven, and, when I leave after a great meal, I smell like I'VE been in the oven, too! I like that the oven in this photo, and the wall, are very artistic. That certainly looks like a yummy pizza, and I can imagine the aroma. Nice daily life shot, and another entertaining note to go with it. :-)
fritzi007 (3483) 2014-08-26 14:48
aus dem Arbeitsleben eines Bäckers in Neapel, wirklich sehr gut gemacht, gratuliere!
Wünsch dir einen schönen Tag
seres76 (780) 2014-08-26 22:30
Sayende pizza ymek aklıma geldi. Günlük yaşama ait güzel bir fotoğraf. Renkler ve odaklama güzel. Paylaşım için teşekkürler...
dkmurphys (47600) 2014-08-27 4:12
A genuine pizza scene. I like the decorated walls and the big oven. You know...I had some awful pizza in Rome actually....never explained to myself how it was possible...
jhm (136580) 2014-08-27 4:59
The baker has exactly to much eat of his pizzas!
But your picture is wonderful, and everything OK perfect for eat.
Very high of quality taken.
Colours and sharpness are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Nicou (117978) 2014-08-27 5:49
rien de tel qu'une bonne pizza au feu de bois quelle compo et vue quelle image et captage superbe vue et ensemble cet homme avec le four la flamme superbe scène et image.
Sergiom (56449) 2014-08-27 6:17
Very funny story. The best for one is the worst for other. This pizza seems to be very good and the wood fire oven is superb.Very good framing of the pizza man working
delpeoples (52771) 2014-08-27 6:58
hehehehe how do you know the guy from Brandi was swearing at you? He probably wasn't, it just sounded like he was ;) God I'd love you to meet my Zio Gianni (Uncle Johnny). Le Pet thought he was abusing him, but he was talking about what we were going to eat that night hehehehe.
But to be honest, I don't think Brandi have the best pizza. They have the FIRST pizza. But the best is at Gino Sorbillo or Di Matteo in Spaccanapoli. I've eaten at Trianon and it was ok, but not the best :p
Love this shot though. Love the old tiles, the old oven and the huge gut (pancia in Italian/panza in Napoletan) on the pizza maker. He obviously tastes his product hahahahaha.
Thank you so much for this photo, I can't stop smiling whenever I look at it. And one day I hope to share a delicious pizza with you and T, wherever we are in the world.
Un abbraccio e mille grazie,guaglione
Lisuccia (as they call me in Napoletano)
mirosu (12748) 2014-08-27 9:29
Superb snapshot, the pizza making man is in excellent light. To see it I'm getting really hungry.
Very well done.
P.s. Sorry for my slow response, but my access to internet is not very regular during my travelling.
abmdsudi (41134) 2014-08-27 20:43
Nice appetising capture of a pleasant man at work and that pizza looks good enough to eat fresh out of the oven. A nice clear shot and I am pleased with the exposure which has been handled so well in the image, and great colours too. Delicious, nice and crispy, Congrats.
swapankumarroy (2019) 2014-08-29 4:33
The story of making Pizza is very interesting and amusing also. Italy is famous for piza. Very nicely shoot the man who made the pizza in oven. Good contrast and well sharped image.
warm regards and have a nice weekend,
emka (74963) 2014-08-30 0:19
Hi Craig, I love such stories as much as I do not like the copy and paste notes. So amusing! and very fine picture to accompany it. Excellent post.
WArm regrads MAlgo
chawax (18871) 2014-08-30 9:54
Nice portrait and great note as usual ! I've been only once in Italia many years ago and I remember how delicious (and cheap !) the pizzas were (and the pastas too !). I never ate such pizzas since.
Have a nice week end,
tyro (19228) 2014-08-31 1:46
What a brilliant story and I knew that Lisa would love this one!
Despite the very poor light and your need for full aperture and a slow shutter speed, you have caught this moment perfectly as the slightly portly baker takes his delicious pizza out of the traditional oven.
A very appealing photograph clearly demonstrating the actions of this man and also showing the interesting tile and mosaic work around his kitchen with good colours and excellent detail.
Gigidusud (14001) 2014-09-03 13:32
Haha ha! J'ai adoré l'histoire! C'est la ville où j'ai le plus d'anecdotes à raconter. J'ai gouté beaucoup de Pizzas à Naples mais je crois que c'est à Marseille que l'on mange les meilleures! :)
Une scène bien capturée avec un beau portrait du Pizzaiolo. Bravo!
Merci pour le partage.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (53902)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-26
- Categories: Humorous
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-26 6:25