Pizza Popeye, one of the most popular at Gennaro Battiloro’s Battil'oro in Seravezza (Lucca), topping of «baby spinach, cinta senese sausage, toasted hazelnuts and mayonnaise of beetroot on a base of fiordilatte». The dough is classic, PetraViva with wheatgerm, sourdough, and 36 hours of leavening
Gennaro Battiloro went against the current of the river of the Covid-19 emergency. While most pizzaioli planned innovative delivery services to offer excellent products, he gave Battil'oro ("subtitle": Fire + Yeast + Spirits) in Querceta a break. A reasoned one. «Delivery would have made no sense, financially, because we wouldn’t be able to keep afloat. And it would have also changed the image of the restaurant, which is very neat, and this is very important to me. So I waited to get Battil'oro back to business at the right moment», the pizzaiolo from Torre del Greco with “home and job” in the heart of Versilia explains.
The right moment arrived on the 15th of June, three months after that crucial 8th of March when Italy closed everything. «And the rebirth was unexpected!», he says with the contagious enthusiasm of someone who knew what he was doing. His words flow: «Honestly, I wasn’t expecting the warmth we’ve received, I was very much afraid of masks and social distancing. Instead, people showered us with love». A love that was reciprocated by Gennaro Battiloro, best chef pizzaiolo for the Guida Identità Golose 2019, who decided to start – culinary speaking – exactly from where he had to stop.
Battiloro at work
One of his delicious pizzas
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
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