If you know me in real life, you know I have a love of all things culinary and food-related. There is a solid chance that you even know my absolute favorite cuisine is Italian. Spaghetti, lasagna, and of course, pizza! When I went to Florence in 2016, I was introduced to a whole world of Italian food that I didn’t know existed. But still, the pizza, that thin, perfectly toasted crust Neapolitan-style pizza holds my heart. So when I discovered that there was a Neapolitan pizzeria nearby, I knew we had to try it out. So on the first truly cold night in December, we gathered a group of friends and headed to to experience Neapolitan dining at Noto Pizza.
A bit of background on Noto Pizza. Owned by husband and wife team, Wayne Sieve & Kendele Noto Sieve, Noto Pizza started in 2017 as a mobile pizza trailer, before opening as a brick-and-mortar store in January 2020. While the restaurant focuses primarily on the delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas coming out of their 3-ton wood-fired oven (an eye-catcher for all to see) they offer other seasonal Italian fare using either locally sourced or imported from Italy ingredients. Stop by the bar and grab a drink (I highly recommend the Bardolino Chiaretto rose) and let’s take a look at some of the dishes that featured on their winter menu.
Start with the Quattro Fomaggi Arancini, a fried delight of risotto, pecorino romano, mozzarella, and age provolone served with pizzaiola sauce. If you’re looking to try a pasta dish, I highly recommend the Pacherri. Sweet langostino, fennel, arugula, salmoriglio sauce (think light and lemony), olive oil, calabrese, and sundried tomatoes come together to transport you to coastal Italy.
As far as the pizza goes, did you know that Noto is part of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napolentana? That’s right, a truly certified member of the Neapolitan Pizza Association located in Napoli, Italy! This means you are getting a true, Neapolitan pizza right in the heart of St. Peter’s. Each pizza is roughly 11-12″ in diameter and comes unsliced. How do eat an unsliced pizza? The true Napoli way, with a knife and fork! If you try any pizza from the menu, make sure it’s the classic, can’t-go-wrong Margherita. Other fantastic options? The Nduja and Napoli.
When it’s time to wrap the evening up, cap it off with the Cannoli.
Noto Pizza brings all the Italian charm tucked away in a small restaurant in St. Peter’s. While they do offer carry-out services and can accommodate some walk-ins, for the best experience, make a reservation! They keep the ingredient list fresh, the dough fresher, and the ambiance top-notch! Bon appetit!