LIGHTING of the SANT'ANTUONO FIRE
Board-member Paolo Surace will kick off the Vera Pizza Day with the lighting of the propitiatory fire from the AVPN offices in Capodimonte.
It is certainly one of the countries where True Neapolitan Pizza is achieving great success. This is mainly thanks to Johnny Di Francesco, one of the first students to graduate from AVPN and today president of the AVPN Australasia delegation, who immediately imposed high quality standards with his 400 Gradi pizzeria.
Best pizzeria in Oceania for the 50 Top Pizza Guide, 400 Gradi continues its triumphal march also in the USA and Kuwait.
A special connection from a special location: Ritsumeikan University, one of the oldest and historic in Japan. In fact, it is in this university that the AVPN School Japan is located, whose course in true Neapolitan pizza is an integral part of the degree in Food Management. The protagonists of the connection are the AVPN Japan president, the training responsible Manabu Odawara and Prof. Ishida Masayoshi.
If every year many Koreans reach the AVPN headquarters in Naples to learn the art of pizza-maker, it is not only thanks to the UNESCO recognition they received at Jeju in 2017, but also to Doowon Chung, the first AVPN member in Korea. He will lead the live masterclass from Volare pizzeria.
Paolo Vitaletti will lead the masterclass from Thailand. After the course of studies at AVPN, once back in ancient Siam, he opened Peppina pizzeria, achieving such success that it quickly became a real chain. Alongside Paolo will be his head pizza-maker Thanwa Seesaed, alias M, who brought Thailand to the podium of the last Olympics.
The story of Aniello Beneduce is a nice one: he left Naples and arrived in Siberia years ago as an engineer for Gazprom, the good Aniello no longer able to eat a good Neapolitan pizza decided to open his own pizzeria. Today Pizzot° success of is such that it has given life to a business project which already foresees, in the coming years, several new openings.
Brilliant student of AVPN courses, Ozgur Kilinkar, has not only the spirit of a pizza maker but also that of businessman. Having started with Nappo pizzeria, he has already prepared an important project that includes expansion throughout the Turkish territory. He will be the one to conduct the live masterclass from his first pizzeria in Istanbul.
Dareen Akkad is a citizen of the world. And during one of her trips she stops in Naples and falls in love with the True Neapolitan Pizza. Thanks also to the collaboration of her husband, she opens a pizzeria in Cairo, which immediately becomes a successful case history. She, the first AVPN member on the African continent, will have the honor to carry out the first pizza masterclass in Arabic, live from her What the Crust pizzeria.
Directly from the AVPN offices in Capodimonte one of the most anticipated Vera Pizza Day masterclass. The protagonist Ciro Salvo, undoubtedly one of the best pizza-makers in the world as shown by the many awards obtained in recent years by his two pizzerias 50Kalò in Naples and London. At his side, the AVPN Vice President Massimo Di Porzio.
Another country where pizza is experiencing a real Golden Age. Thanks to the AVPN School of Poznan and the Forni Rossi group, whose head pizza-maker Marcin Garbowski will lead the masterclass with passion and professionalism alongside the school director Ewelina Przygocka.
Fredo Boubessia is the latest affiliate, in chronological order, to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. He will be the one to lead from the splendid Marseille the first of the two French-language masterclasses of the day from La Salle à Manger pizzeria.
The pizzeria of Guillaume Grasso, an AVPN student, is an essential point of reference for Parisians who love True Neapolitan pizza. After all, Grasso is a historical name in the sector, as those who frequent and love the two Gorizia pizzerias in Napoli will know well.
Andrè Guidon is an engineer and as such loves precision. And since he could not digest the São Paulo style pizza, he decided to open his pizzeria verace Leggera and treat himself with a product that lived up to his expectations. Success and the important awards obtained prove him right and, a few months ago, the AVPN Brasil delegation president opened his second restaurant. The Masterclass in Portuguese will take place from the AVPN School Brasil offices.
Antonia Ricciardi, AVPN brand ambassador, will be responsible for leading the Spanish masterclass. An idiom so spoken in the world that it is easy to imagine that it will be one of the most popular meetings of the day.
USA – EAST COAST
Unity is strength: and thus the east coast of the United States offers a winning combination. Ettore Rusciano of Menomale pizzeria in a team with the Mozzeria team, a place where everyone, from the pizza-maker to the waiter, is deaf-mute. It will be therefore the first masterclass to describe pizza with sign language.
USA – WEST COAST
From Los Angeles, California, a long-awaited connection from AVPN's oldest office outside Naples. Peppe Miele, VPN AMERICAS President, will lead this important masterclass. Successful chef, true Neapolitan, he is unquestionably the pioneer of the True Neapolitan Pizza in the States.
SOUTH AMERICA / NAPOLI
Directly from the AVPN offices in Capodimonte, a masterclass in two languages, Italian and Spanish, dedicated above all to Latin American fans, increasingly in love with the True Neapolitan Pizza.
On a day that will hear the pizza told in many languages, one could only end with the one language that represents it more than any other. So a lesson in "Parlesia", the ancient Neapolitan pizza-makers slang. The most musical way to close this beautiful initiative to which the two instructors Enzo Esposito and Salvatore Santucci will give "True" voice.