I just ordered a forno piccolo in red from Forno Classico.
I spoke (in Italian) to Giuseppe (the owner), and he sounds like a true artist with a passion for making outstanding brick pizza ovens........
Now......all I have to is learn from you all how to make good pizza dough......
Dear Mangia, welcome to this wonderful forum, and congratulations on your Forno Piccolo Rosso. It is a delight to have an Italian member in this forum. Perhaps, you can help us!
In my opinion, learning how to make Neapolitan pizza is akin to learning a new language, meaning that when one learns a new language, one learns more than just grammar and vocabulary. One also inevitably
learns about the history and culture of the people to whom the language belongs. For instance, if a person chooses to learn Hebrew, she or he will also inescapably learn about Judaism and its history. Likewise, based on my ongoing research, the Neapolitan pizza is not just an oral culinary tradition and art. The Neapolitan pizza, viewed from a phenomenological perspective, manifests itself as a historical/cultural ontogeny
(a way of being). The Neapolitan pizza, in a very subtle manner, serves as a symbol
which deeply expresses a sentiment that is not even immediately or consciously grasped by average Neapolitans, yet they participate in it whether they know it or not! My point, which is foundational
, is that understanding the Neapolitan history and culture can enhance one's understanding of the Neapolitan pizza tradition, although they may seem irrelevant at first glance. Naturally, the Neapolitan pizza would be nonexistent today without the underlying historical and cultural ontogeny which serves as the foundation for the culinary tradition that we immensely enjoy.
So, since you come from Italy, please share with us any knowledge you may have in respect to the Neapolitan history, culture, customs, conventions, myths and traditions in connection to the beloved pizza of Naples. Anything will be appreciated! And, although I am no authority on the Neapolitan pizza, I would be glad to help you in your pizza quest. This forum is like a potluck to which we contribute what we can. Have a great weekend!