What is Authentic Neapolitan Pizza?
Brought to life by wood fire and stone, authentic Neapolitan pizza is characterized by dough made only with finely ground Italian wheat flour, natural Neapolitan yeast, sea salt and water. The dough must be kneaded and formed by hand and may be no more than 3 mm (1/8 in.) thick. The pizza must be baked for less than 90 seconds in a 485 °C (905 °F) stone oven with an oak-wood fire.
Neapolitan pizza includes San Marzano tomatoes grown on the volcanic soil of Mount Visuvio, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh mozzarella Fior di Latte (made from cow’s milk) or mozzarella di bufala (made from the milk of Italian water buffalo). All mozzarella Fior-di-Latte is handmade fresh daily at Ah’ Pizz.
VPN Americas is the local branch of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, an international non-profit organization founded in the mid 1990’s by a group of Neapolitan pizzaioli (pizza makers) seeking to cultivate the culinary art of making Neapolitan pizza. This organization has strict pizza-making standards and Ah’ Pizz is one of only 4 pizzerias in NJ and one of only 75 pizzerias in the United States that is VPN-certified.
Opened in 2010, the goal of Ah’ Pizz was to create a pizzeria that serves authentic, Neapolitan pizza and to bring fresh ingredients and the art of pizza-making to downtown Montclair, NJ. Certified by the VPN (see right) to make authentic Neapolitan Pizza, pizza at Ah’ Pizz is delicately prepared using imported, Italian ingredients and cooked for less than 90 seconds in a wood-fired stone oven. This artisan approach to pizza-making was a first for the area, and patrons soon started coming from all over New Jersey to experience it.
In 2011, Ah’ Pizz expanded its facility with a state-of-the-art kitchen and began to churn out Italian dishes with the same respect for ingredients. Experienced Executive Chef Greg Lampariello (formerly of Terrazza in Nutley) came on board and created dishes with the same allure as the pizza. Today, not only does Ah’ Pizz offer an amazing variety of pizza, but this Montclair NJ Italian Restaurant serves a vast menu of dinner choices including appetizers, salads, pasta, chicken, meat, and fish entrees.
In 2013, Ah’ Pizz officially introduced their lunch menu including 3 delicious combos and smaller bites including salads and sandwiches for busy professionals.
On October 14th 2013, Ah’ Pizz opened the doors of it’s second Italian Restaurant and Neapolitan Pizzeria in Denville, NJ. The second location shares the same name and great menu as it’s sister location.