Santa Monica Pizza & Pasta Co.

Diner · Italian Restaurant · Sandwich Shop · Pizza Place

A Neapolitan Treat. Pizzette Fritte. Fried Miniature Pizzas.

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The Paddington Foodie


Our last leisurely family dinner before school goes back this week. A very special Neapolitan treat. Pizzette Fritte. Flash fried rounds of pizza dough topped with a simple tomato, oil and basil sugo and a sprinkling of mozzarella or grated Parmigiano cheese. Legend has it that this is how the very first ever pizzas were made. Back in the day when food was scarce and money was even scarcer, necessity was the mother of invention. The resourceful nona’s and mama’s of Naples most likely served pizzette fritte straight from their frying pans. Without sauce or cheese. Just a sprinkling of salt. True cucina povera.

They may have their roots in more frugal times but pizzette fritte are the lightest, crispiest pizzas I’ve ever eaten. Best served straight away. Hot from the grill. With any number of combinations of delicious toppings. Tonight I served my pizzette with a simple sugo and mozzarella topping. It didn’t…

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Author: Santa Monica Pizza & Pasta Co.

We specializes in rustic-style pizzas, calzones and "pastazones," which are calzones stuffed with pasta. We also serve "pizzinis" -- house-made flatbread sandwiches that are "stacked and packed" with fillings like meatballs and barbecued chicken. Our pasta specialties include chicken Alfredo, pasta pomodora, mac & cheese, ravioli and lasagna. Finish it all off with cheesecake, brownies or tiramisu for dessert

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