Good day everyone on the wonderful forum
My name is Leon and Iím from Cape Town South Africa.
For the past year Iíve been absorbing everything on this forum regarding Neapolitan Pizza and the one thing that stands out is how unselfish and giving everyone is with their knowledge and experience. I think it is an ode to the pizza. Like Roberto Caporuscio said: It is the only food where a rich and poor man can sit next to each other and enjoy a meal.
Iím currently researching the viability and feasibility of opening a Neapolitan Pizzeria in Cape Town. As we are at the most southern point of Africa one would understand getting the ingredients needed is not only cumbersome but also very expensive. Iíve been able to get quotes for the oven (Stefano Ferraro and Mario Acunti Ė both mobile) and although very expensive to import (shipping costs is mad!) it seems possible. Iíve also located the only importer and distributor of Caputo flour. Iíve also managed to find a guy who in 2008 imported 30 Water Buffalo from Campania and is willing to sell me my Bufala and another company the Fior di Latte.
My biggest problem at this stage is getting hold of San Marzano tomatoes. The DOP tomatoes I can buy from a local distributor(DeCecco) is so expensive it will kill my food cost instantly. Itís a small Italian Deli selling the small cans only as a delicacy. I tried mailing other San Marzano suppliers in Italy to find out if they export to South Africa but is yet to have success.
If this forum can assist me at all (contacts etc) in finding tomatoes it will be greatly appreciated.
(I have also posted on PMQ)
As a matter of interest: Attached is the first oven I built. Please take into consideration this was on our farm (150kms from the nearest town). Itís very small, built with normal bricks we didnít use after renovating and a mixture of cement and clay from the farm. The inside (top and bottom) is two modified washing machine drums and the deck a 2cm stainless steel plate. After heating top and bottom for about an hour and a half, we cooked pizzas, although one at a time, in about 3 minutes. It was a lot of fun and great family time as everyone gets a chance to be the ďPizzaioloĒ!