After last time’s neapolitan pizza adventure at Nicli, we were at it again. It was like the God’s heard our prayer, Groupon was doing a promo for Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. I called up the pizza fanatics and we were off to a gastronomic adventure!
Any restaurant off Commercial tends to emit a very simple, yet modern-contemporary feel to the decor. This joint is no exemption, not to be hipster or anything, but everything had a uniqueness that worked and brought everything together. From the gelato bar and the process of how one orders, to the beautiful wood fire oven on the far back corner. Even the menu was fun, being printed on what seemed to be recycled stock, it had illustrations throughout showcasing the ingredients that Famoso used and where it came from. It even gave a little history of Neapolitan pizza and how one should actually eat it.
Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Balls; fior di latte wrapped with prosciutto, baked in Campania tomato sauce, fresh basil & pecorino romano
Our Groupon for the night was for $30 worth of food and non-alcoholic drinks, we didn’t want to spurge out too much with hopes of round two in the back of our minds already. We wanted one appetizer to share, just reading the description it sounded delicious. The meatballs came in either 3 or 6, which was a perfect number since we only had 3, it meant that everyone got their individual meatball, which was a good thing as it came out rather small. They were delicious, tender and moist balls of bliss, perfectly seasoned, and not to mention the fior di latte. We died and went to heaven.
Funghi; parmesan crema, fior di latte, roasted white mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, caramelized onions, white truffle oil
To broaden our spectrum, we decided to choose one white and red pizza to try. Famoso’s pizze bianche were topped with their white sauce – EVOO, garlic & oregano – fior di latte, fresh basil & pecorino romano. I chose the funghi mainly for the truffle, partly for my love of shrooms. Even before it landed, you could smell the aroma from the truffle oil miles away. The pizza crust had a good burn on the underside, yet was still fluffy inside. It did a good job holding up all that cheesy-goodness you see in the middle there. They didn’t skimp on the ingredients as well, every bite was filled with mushrooms and sweet caramelized onions.
Capricciosa; italian ham, roasted mushrooms, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, EVOO
The pizze rosse were topped with Famoso’s authentic Campania tomato sauce, fior di latte, fresh basil & pecorino romano. There was actually a substantial amount of ingredients on this pizza, it took me forever to pick away at the olives. It was a good pizza all in all, but it felt like it lacked a little ‘kick’. I had to add my own with Tabasco & chili flakes, it’s the mistress of pizza after all, but I think if they added some chili flakes of their own while baking it would have made this dish that much better.
A bit more casual Neapolitan pizza restaurant, but still serving up all the gourmet ingredients and fixings on each slice. It met our expectations and beyond even though we had a Groupon, they did not cheap out on anything. Service was fast and friendly as well even with the restaurant being full. I would gladly pay full price again for this.