>> Sunday, June 5, 2011
Date of Dining: 4/22/2011
Price: ~$15 per pizza
Location: 4207 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103
The Quick Bit:
+ Great Authentic Pizzas
+ Memorable Pizza Crust
+ Fresh Ingredients used to make pizza
+ Brick Oven Style Pizza
Δ Waiting time for pizza
Δ Tomato sauce could have been seasoned better
Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano is one of those hidden neighborhood gems that only the locals know about. Every aspect of the restaurant is tailored to providing the best tasting and most authentic Naples style pizza.
Bruno starts with the best possible ingredients from fresh hand-made mozzarella to water imported from Italy to create the dough to San Marzano tomatoes for the tomato sauce to locally made artisanal fennel sausage. These ingredients are combined to make the best tasting and most authentic pizzas which are finished in Bruno's special wood-fired brick domed oven. The oven was custom crafted in Naples before being shipped to the US. Finally, Bruno's pizzaiolo (pizza chef) is Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certified to guarantee only the best and most authentic style Naples pizza is made.
The other downside to Bruno is that they only have the one brick-domed oven, which means that on a crowded night you may have to wait up to an hour for your pizza. On the night I went it was moderately crowded and I had to wait 40 minutes for both pizzas to arrive. If one was a Bruno "fanboy," this could probably be construed as a positive since they are making pizzas the right way and not "selling out" to get them done faster.
Despite my minor criticisms, Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano is a neighborhood pizzeria that "gets it." They use the best ingredients to make the most authentic pizza they can, and they take the time to make the pizza properly. Additionally, Bruno has some nice San Diego craft beers on tap that round out the pizza experience.
Based on the excellent pizzas and the attention to authenticity, Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano earns the bit award!