Diego Vitagliano opened a pizzeria with SerieT Moretti Forni in Doha on the occasion of the World Cup
The Italian team is not playing in the World Cup in Qatar, but there are many Italians in Doha, and several of them are engaged as standard-bearers of our country, cooking delicious things. For sure there is Neapolitan pizzaiolo Diego Vitagliano, now busy on many fronts: just under a year ago we wrote about his 2021 full of projects and successes, but Vitagliano seems to have no intention of stopping. And he spent the past few days putting the finishing touches before opening his pizzeria in Qatar.
An oven with a 100% Italian technology, produced by the Marche-based company Moretti Forni, a leader in leavened product baking technology, also arrived in Doha with the Neapolitan pizza chef.
Diego Vitagliano and the serie T Moretti Forni which he will use in his new pizzeria in Doha
Ready, steady, go: all it took was a visit, like an assist shot to perfection by a fantasist, to trigger this project, of which the protagonist is very enthusiastic. ‘It's an opportunity that fills me with joy, because Doha is a booming city, still very attached to its traditions, so bringing my pizza to a place where there is this solid relationship with traditions is both a great professional challenge and an enormous pride. Neapolitan pizza, which is my tradition, the one to which I am strongly attached, arrives in Qatar with me: I couldn't be happier'.
The building that houses Vitagliano's Qatari pizzeria
As Diego Vitagliano rightly pointed out, it is no small thing to bring Neapolitan pizza, and his contemporary but faithful interpretation, to a country like Qatar, which has very different traditions from ours and also strict rules that apply to food. But the Neapolitan has very clear ideas: 'The request I received was unambiguous: they wanted me to replicate the offer of my pizzeria in Naples. So there will be both the classic interpretation of the Neapolitan pizza and my crispy pizza'.
The football games have begun, the line-up that will take the field is in shape: let Diego Vitagliano’s game in Qatar begin.
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
This article is curated by Identità Golose, the publication that organises the international fine dining congress, publishes website www.identitagolose.com and the online Guida Identità Golose, on top of curating many other events in Italy and abroad