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Oliviero Toscani, 100% Pizza!

Oliviero Toscani is now in Naples, producing  a photo essay to tell and convey the love for pizza.

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Oliviero Toscani is now in Naples, producing  a photo essay to tell and convey the love for pizza.


The project, he called 100% Pizza, will be exhibited in the wine cellars of the Contadi Castaldi during the Franciacorta Festival (19-20-21 September 2014) with the purpose of spreading the knowledge of the true Neapolitan pizza throughout the world of wine lovers . Toscani captured the faces of the  True Neapolitan Pizza masters.



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The contest “Best Pizzeria AVPN 2014

A contest to elect the place that best represents the True Neapolitan Pizza for quality, customer service, atmosphere and selection of ingredients.

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A contest to elect the place that best represents the True Neapolitan Pizza for quality, customer service, atmosphere and selection of ingredients.


Now you can finally vote for your favorite pizzeria by participating in the new competition launched by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association that with this nice initiative will allow to honor the best pizzeria in 2014, or the place that stood out for quality, service, innovation and protection of tradition among more than 400 pizzerias members of AVPN around the world.

You can vote only through the website and each person is allowed to vote for 3 pizzerias but the preference of those who joined the Friends of True Neapolitan Pizza Club will worth twice. The list of the 30 most rated pizzerias will be visible in real time on the website until the last day of the competition, that is May 21, Then a technical jury composed of food and wine journalists, will decide the winner among the first 5 pizzerias in the list.

The award ceremony for the winning pizzeria will be held on May 26 during the press conference "I’m starting from 30" in Piazza Dante, Naples from 10:00 in the morning.

So what are you waiting for, Choose Now your best pizzeria of 2014!



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Pizzafestival Preview, a month of unmissable events

From 8 to 25 May there will be many initiatives around Naples thanks to a tour of workshops for adults and children.

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From 8 to 25 May there will be many initiatives around Naples thanks to a tour of workshops for adults and children.


The Pizzafestival will extend beyond the 4 days in which more than one hundred pizzerias around the world will organize events and special nights to celebrate the True Neapolitan Pizza, in fact, from 8 to 25 May you will certainly meet in the streets and squares of the city the educational and promotional Tour organized by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association with workshops for adults and children on the preparation of pizza, according to the rules of tradition.

The tour will be everywhere in the city, discover the stops on the website to find the event closest to you!



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The Pizza Festival, cultural and entertainment events all over the world

Over 100 True Neapolitan pizza spots around the world will hold, from 27 to 30 May a "widespread" event for the 30th anniversary of AVPN.

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Over 100 True Neapolitan pizza spots around the world will hold, from 27 to 30 May a "widespread" event for the 30th anniversary of AVPN.

Four days to celebrate the pizza in Naples and around the world, not just by tasting it but also with cultural, musical and gastronomic events. It’s the first Pizzafestival that the True Neapolitan Pizza Association (AVPN) launches from May 27 to 30. In more than 100 pizzerias members in Naples and abroad in fact will take place some planned and unplanned events, connected to the tradition of Neapolitan cuisine and to the cultural heritage of the city itself.

“To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the association - says Antonio Pace, president of the AVPN – we’re proposing something completely new, this time it will be not just a moment to enjoy a good Neapolitan Pizza, but in the pizzerias you’ll find musical performances, meetings and tastings”. A widespread festival that will be revealed in the coming weeks through the website www.pizzanapoletana.org, dedicated to the event that will involve and the pizzerias members of True Neapolitan pizza from Naples to Varese, from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo.

But the AVPN is announcing the Pizzafestival also through an educational and promotional tour that started from Piazza del Plebiscito, where, for all this weekend, there will be workshops for children and adults on how to prepare a pizza according to the rules of tradition. The tour will then stop in the following weeks at the Rotonda Diaz (May 16 to 18), via Toledo (May 23), Piazza degli Artisti (24 May) and Piazza del Gesù (May 25).

Once all the approach stages to the four days will be over, there will be Monday, May 26 at 10 am in Piazza Dante a conference entitled "I’m starting from 30" in which, Gastronomy and marketing experts will try to look a little further into the future of the sector in particular regarding the preparation and marketing of pizza. Piazza Dante during the days of the festival will host the Pizza Lab, a great area where you can study and appreciate the quality of the pizza and learn about products from the food supply chain and the correct combinations that contribute to make this dish so popular around the world.

The Pizzafestival came with a series of side events starting from "Vera Pizza Napoletana Photo Awards" a photo contest that invited the fans of pizza to express their vision of the traditional Neapolitan dish through a photo.

The organizers received more than 150 photographs that after a first selection (9,000 votes on the web), reduced to 49: A jury is now evaluating these photos. This jury is chaired by the photographer Vittorio Sciosia and among his members there is the special guest, Oliviero Toscani. The 30 best photographs will be exhibited in Piazza Dante during the days of Pizzafestival in the Pizza Lab.

But the event organized by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association, is also linked to a contest that will elect the pizzeria of the year: from now until May 21 you can choose through the website pizzanapoletana.org the place you prefer for quality of the pizza, customer service, atmosphere and selection of ingredients.

The approach to the Festival will be also marked on TV by Gambero Rosso Channel, that starting from May 26 will dedicate a ten special shows to the Neapolitan pizza, "Margherita and her sisters."



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9000 votes for the Photo Awards, it's up to the jury now

The first part of the international photo contest "Vera Pizza Napoletana Photo Awards" organized by AVPN ends today. Photographers from around the world took part in it by sending 155 photos, which obtained a total of more than 9,000 votes.

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The first part of the international photo contest "Vera Pizza Napoletana Photo Awards" organized by AVPN ends today. Photographers from around the world took part in it by sending 155 photos, which obtained a total of more than 9,000 votes.



Now it's up to the jury to keep the competition alive by assigning a score to the 49 photos that passed the "first round" (50% of the photos with more than 25 votes), finally selecting the best 25 photos that will be exhibited from May 27 to 30 in Piazza Dante, Naples.

The contest jury sees the special participation as Guest of Honor, the photographer Oliviero Toscani, internationally known as the most famous advertiser of the most famous magazines and brands in the world, as well as the presence of Victor Sciosia (Jury President), Luciano Furia Karen Phillips Lucio Rossi, Carlo Fico and Massimo Di Porzio; The contest has been coordinated by Emanuele Di Cesare.

Learn more about the jurors



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PHOTO AWARDS - as the competition continues

On wednesday, May 7th at 1p.m.  the voting was closed and the final list is now online.

The Jury has been announced (you can find the names of the members on the Pizzafestival website). Guest of  honor will be Oliviero Toscani and the Jury President will be Vittorio Sciosia .

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On wednesday, May 7th at 1p.m.  the voting was closed and the final list is now online.

The Jury has been announced (you can find the names of the members on the Pizzafestival website). Guest of  honor will be Oliviero Toscani and the Jury President will be Vittorio Sciosia .

The jury will examine the photos that passed the first round (the first 50% of the photos that obtained more than 25 votes) or the first 49 photos in the final list.


Each juror will draw up a personal list and each photo will be scored according to this list

Example of a list consisting of 6 photos:

1st place 6 points

2nd place 5 points

3rd place 4 points

4th place 3 points

5th place 2 points

6th place 1 points

For each photo will be added up the points awarded by all the jurors so to create the final list.

If two photos will reach the same score, will be considered the votes of the people’s list, and if the score is still the same, Antonio Pace, President of the True Neapolitan pizza Association, will take the final decision.

The first 25 photos of the list will be exhibited in Piazza Dante from 27 to 30 May 2014 during the Pizzafestival.



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VIDEO - Tour around Pizza Expo

Tour around Pizza Expo with Russ & Melody Stein, Owners of Mozzeria with Captions

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Tour around Pizza Expo with Russ & Melody Stein, Owners of Mozzeria with Captions

Tour around Pizza Expo with Russ & Melody Stein, Owners of Mozzeria with Captions

see the video:
http://ideafnews.com/2014/03/31/tour-around-pizza-expo-with-russ-melody-stein-owners-of-mozzeria/


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You Showed Us You Didn't Put Limit on Yourselves

There is so much to tell you but I won't bore you with information that we learned at 2014 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. We got so much information it was overwhelming! I'd like to take few pages out from the whole experience at Pizza Expo, more specially the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) ceremony.

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There is so much to tell you but I won't bore you with information that we learned at 2014 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. We got so much information it was overwhelming! I'd like to take few pages out from the whole experience at Pizza Expo, more specially the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) ceremony.



We found out that AVPN would recognize new members during a ceremony scheduled for that Thursday. We had, however, already booked our flights out of Las Vegas that Thursday morning and we couldn't change it due to our next flight the following evening from San Francisco to Puerto Rico for our family vacation.

AVPN was very kind and hosted a small ceremony at their booth and introduced us to the “AVPN family” - officials and pizzaiolos. Mozzeria became the 483rd member of this distinguished organization - and first Deaf-owned pizzeria in the world with AVPN certification!

During introductions at the ceremony, it hit me that I never knew how or what Peppe Miele, President of VPN Americas Chapter, first thought when he met me...

Peppe had first met us during the 2010 International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas when I inquired about AVPN certification. We kept meeting at Pizza Expo every year and my interest in pursuing AVPN certification grew.

When I informed him we had just opened Mozzeria, he started following our progress. The following year after Mozzeria's opening when I stopped by AVPN booth to exchange "hellos”, he congratulated us on the opening of Mozzeria. He suggested we consider applying for AVPN certification. Whenever we are in Los Angeles, we would visit his restaurant or stop by his office which also happens to be the AVPN pizza training school.

When we submitted our application for AVPN certification, he was excited and he wanted to make sure that we followed AVPN regulations on pizza making method and techniques. You can read our previous post on AVPN certification. http://mozzeria.com/blog/page:2?url=blog

Peppe wanted everyone to know Mozzeria is first Deaf-owned pizzeria with AVPN certificationOnce Mozzeria got AVPN certification, Peppe beamed with pride, and wanted everyone to know that Mozzeria is the first Deaf-owned pizzeria to have AVPN certification. He was really impressed with our determination, passion and effort. He told us that we had set an example by showing everyone that we didn't allow ourselves to be limited.

I never knew how that meant to him as much as it was to us. It does feel good; really knowing that he values our dedication to making "verace" Neapolitan pizzas. At the end of the introduction, we thanked Peppe for allowing our dream to actually happen, and that we couldn't have done without his support over the years.

AVPN hosted a private social gathering the following evening and Peppe, along with Antonio, the founder of AVPN in Italy, presented us a lovely AVPN scroll with the seal on it. They told everyone at the party that we may be Deaf, but we showed the world that we can DO it. Everyone applauded, and even learned how to sign "Pizza" in Italian. As we left the party, we knew we were part of the AVPN family.

You can view the tour at Pizza Expo below. Don't worry if you don't understand American Sign Language, the video is captioned in English. Play Video.

If you are curious about the AVPN, there are more details at

http://americas.pizzanapoletana.org

- See more at: http://mozzeria.com/view-blog/%22You-Showed-Us-You-Didn%27t-Put-Limit-on-Yourselves%22#sthash.sTC168eW.dpuf


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The True Neapolitan Pizza Photo Awards is going to start

Kicks off the awaited photo contest organized by the AVPN

The regulation of the international photo contest organized and promoted by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association on the occasion of the celebrations for its 30thanniversary was published on the Pizzafest website.

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Kicks off the awaited photo contest organized by the AVPN

The regulation of the international photo contest organized and promoted by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association on the occasion of the celebrations for its 30thanniversary was published on the Pizzafest website.

The international contest is going to start officially on April 1, 2014 and its sole leading theme will be the True Neapolitan Pizza.

Any updates about competition will be published on the AVPN and Pizzafest websites and in addition for the photographers involved was created a Facebook group.



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Mercantina the first pizzeria member in Lisbon

Tuesday, February 25th, a delegation of the Association flew to Portugal to certify Mercantina, the first pizzeria in Lisbon and the second in Portugal.

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Tuesday, February 25th, a delegation of the Association flew to Portugal to certify Mercantina, the first pizzeria in Lisbon and the second in Portugal.

The President Antonio Pace, the Vice President Lello Surace and the General director Stafano Auricchio delivered the certificate "True Neapolitan Pizza" during an amazing event which was attended by the Italian Ambassador in Portugal, many stars of the Portuguese football world including the former football player of Naples Vidigal, actors and celebrities of the show business and Russel Stein the first member in Portugal.


An elegant soiree characterized by good pizzas and the excellence of Italian made products.



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