Perched on the corner of Date and India Streets, Napizza is not only one of the newest establishments in Little Italy, it also has a new concept that is gaining attention.
Green certified and committed to utilizing locally sourced, organic ingredients with no preservatives or chemicals, this is not your typical pizza joint. But that new philosophy is underscored by one of the oldest traditions in pizza-making techniques. Pizza la taglio, a centuries-old art of utilizing special four, yeast and water, and allowing for a slow rise to create a product with no equal. The large, square-cut pieces are familiar to anyone who’s sampled street food from Italy’s larger cities.
Produce is sourced daily from local and organic farmers, whether you enjoy on a pizza, or sample from the organic salad bar. Napizza is one of the few Little Italy restaurants that sells by the slice, with plenty of interesting options to satisfy even the pickiest customer. Homemade soups and salads are also a great choice for fresh flavors. One of the more favorite menu items is the oven-baked Focaccia Panini.
Not only are they serious about baking techniques, supporting sustainability is a critical component to their business, as Napizza works hard to lower the carbon footprint in every aspect of the business. All food scraps are sent to the Miramar Greenery for composting, and they recycle all paper and cardboard products. In addition, their to-go packaging is compostable and recyclable.
About the book: As ethnic neighborhoods in other cities assimilate to American life, the exuberant local flavor of San Diego’s Little Italy remains both culturally and culinarily distinct. Tucked between Interstate 5 and San Diego Bay southeast of San Diego International Airport, the blocks surrounding the landmark Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church contain many of the most notable eateries and gourmet cafes in America’s Finest City.” Join Maria Desiderata Montana, a daughter of that Italian heritage and one of the city’s most notable food writers, on this savory tour through the zesty Italian food traditions, businesses and recipes both in Little Italy and across San Diego.