Author Topic: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA  (Read 2858 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online tinroofrusted

  • Supporting Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1231
  • Location: OC, CA
  • Experimenting....
Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« on: February 06, 2013, 12:38:46 AM »
I finally had a chance to try out Fuoco Pizzeria Napolitana in Fullerton, which is in the northern-most part of Orange County, California. I have been wanting to eat at Fuoco since it opened last fall, but since I live in Irvine, it's not exactly convenient to drive up to Fullerton for a pizza.  I had a meeting this morning in Los Angeles so I had to drive by Fullerton on my way home. It was lunchtime, so the stars came together and I stopped for an authentic Neapolitan pizza at Fuoco.  Glad I did. 

The decor at Fuoco is modern, clean, and very appealing. The kitchen is open, and prominently features a gorgeous, tomato-red Stefano Ferrara wood burning oven, kitted out in gleaming red tiles. Very beautiful oven.  Since I was by myself, I sat at the bar near the oven, and was able to strike up a conversation with Tullio, one of the owners. He is a very friendly and open person who is clearly dedicated to his customers.  Tullio explained to me that his family is from Naples, and their aim is to provide Orange County with a truly authentic Naples pizza experience.  They want to serve the most authentic Naples style pizza in Orange County.  They are currently applying for VPN status, so that tells you something about their dedication. They use Caputo flour, Italian tomatoes, etc.  We talked about the oven quite a bit. They run it at about 900 degrees, and aim for bake times between 60 and 90 seconds.  Their dough uses yeast from the previous day's left-over pizza skins. They try to minimize the amount of yeast they use, and have been cutting down on the amount of yeast gradually as they learn more about their dough.  It made me hopeful for the pizza. 

I opted for a pizza Margherita. French chefs are judged by their omlettes, and Neapolitan pizzaiolos are judged on their Margherita pizza. So that's what I ordered. I don't at all consider myself an expert on Neapolitan pizza, but having read this forum off and on for over six years (and having salivated over the photos from TXCraig and Omid, among others) you can't help but get to know much of what's important about Neapolitan pizza.  I used to not like soggy centers; now I am coming to understand the allure.   I can pretty well make out a good Neapolitan leoparding pattern too.  So I felt as though I was well prepared to evaluate this pizza.  The first thing I noticed was how astonishingly fast it arrived. I ordered, and about a minute later (OK, maybe two minutes) it arrived, steaming and bubbling.  The divine yeasty aroma of fresh hot pizza filled my nose. The crust appeared to have nearly perfect leoparding. The pizza was very generous in size, quite a bit larger that many "personal pizzas" that you would get elsewhere, and served on a very cool white plate that Tullio told me is typical of a Naples pizza place.  A generous pool of mozzarella mixed with sauce and oil bubbled in the center.  I couldn't wait to dig in. 

I sliced into the crust, and grabbed my first bite right from the previously dreaded "soggy center". It was delicious. Sharp tang of Italian tomatoes, tempered by the milky deliciousness of good mozzarella and a hit of fresh basil. The crust was delicious. Maybe it was ever so slightly heavier than my ideal, but the wheaty aroma and salty tang of its taste were most delightful.  I brought about half of it home and had it for dinner and it was equally good crisped up in the toaster oven. 

I can recommend Fuoco Pizzeria Napolitana very highly to anyone who loves Neapolitan style pizza.  There are many more pizzas I would like to try, as well as some really good-looking salads and other items.  I hope to return with my family some time and let them taste what a true Naples pizza might taste, until the day when we might be fortunate enough to vist Napoli in person and dine in Da Michele and some of the other classic Neapolitan pizzerias. 

Best regards,

TinRoof


Offline jeffereynelson

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 1278
  • Location: Los Angeles
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 01:20:25 AM »
Fun you got to give a try. If you scroll down the reviews a little on this same page you will see it was discussed and the owner was apart of the discussions. So it seems as if this is you first time getting to try neapolitan pizza? I wish I lived as close as you do to fullerton, and you actually live very close to Pizzeria Ortica. You should give that place a try. I'm glad you enjoyed fuoco so much, my pizza wasn't all I had hoped it to be. I did see the pizza has gotten better from the more recent pictures, so maybe my wife and I will try to make it back. It's just hard because if we are going to spend that amount of time in the car, we would probably do Settebello.

Offline mkevenson

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2258
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Santa Rosa, Ca
  • Roos! Protector of Fowl
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 11:26:04 AM »
TinRoof, great review!!!! Thank you. I will be in East Whittier in May visiting my Aunt. I usually go to Fullerton on such trips for English fish, but this time it will be pizza. Can't wait.
What is the address?

Mark
"Gettin' better all the time" Beatles

Online tinroofrusted

  • Supporting Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1231
  • Location: OC, CA
  • Experimenting....
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2013, 12:01:50 PM »

What is the address?

Mark

Fuoco Pizzeria Napolenana
Address: 101 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832
(Harbor near at Fullerton, Northwest corner)
Phone:(714) 626-0727


Online TXCraig1

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 12684
  • Location: Houston, TX
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013, 12:33:08 PM »
Pictures???
Pizza is not bread.

Offline bakeshack

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 715
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 01:03:08 PM »
This is the older thread about this pizzeria with some pics   - http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,22070.msg224191.html#msg224191

Marlon

Online TXCraig1

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 12684
  • Location: Houston, TX
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 01:15:04 PM »
Thanks, I've seen that. I'm just surprised a member here would not take a few new pictures.

How does the old saying go... a picture is worth....
Pizza is not bread.

Offline JConk007

  • Vendor
  • *
  • Posts: 3668
  • Location: New Jersey
  • Lovin my Oven!
    • Flirting with Fire
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 03:03:10 PM »
+1 on the pics    :'(
 not only for pizzas but layout and atmosphere as discussed
I Love to Flirt with Fire! www.flirtingwithfirepizza.com

Offline FuocoPizza

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 36
    • FuocoPizzeria
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2013, 04:42:16 PM »
Thank you for the kind words and great review! We look forward to having you and your family here.

As for pictures, I think some were taken of the pizza. Maybe they will be posted later. However the restaurant/décor can be seen on our website...

@JeffreyNelson, We would be honored to have you back in to change your mind on our pizzas!

Online tinroofrusted

  • Supporting Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1231
  • Location: OC, CA
  • Experimenting....
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 06:12:55 PM »
Thanks, I've seen that. I'm just surprised a member here would not take a few new pictures.

How does the old saying go... a picture is worth....

I did take a couple of not-very-good photos with my phone. I have them at home so I will post them tonight. 

Regards,

TinRoof


Online tinroofrusted

  • Supporting Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1231
  • Location: OC, CA
  • Experimenting....
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2013, 04:54:20 PM »
Pictures???

Finally!  These are from my phone so don't judge me too harshly. 

TinRoof

Offline mkevenson

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2258
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Santa Rosa, Ca
  • Roos! Protector of Fowl
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2013, 05:50:01 PM »
Thank you. Your phone takes better pics than mine.

Mark
"Gettin' better all the time" Beatles

Offline dellavecchia

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2628
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2013, 09:24:58 PM »
These pies look very authentic.

John

Online thezaman

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1899
  • Age: 61
  • Location: ohio
  • I Love Pizza!
    • lorenzos pizza
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2013, 12:22:26 PM »
 john, i agree they look like the pies of Naples.

Online TXCraig1

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 12684
  • Location: Houston, TX
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2013, 05:34:01 PM »
Great looking pies. Thanks!
Pizza is not bread.

Offline FuocoPizza

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 36
    • FuocoPizzeria
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2013, 11:29:32 PM »
Thank you all for the kind words. All we strive for is authenticity. No more, no less.

Offline mkevenson

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2258
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Santa Rosa, Ca
  • Roos! Protector of Fowl
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2013, 02:57:50 PM »
In so cal,hope to go today for lunch.will report.


Mark
"Gettin' better all the time" Beatles

Offline bbqchuck

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 381
  • Location: SoCal
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2013, 05:47:29 PM »
I'm in Torrance.  I'll have to give them a try sometime soon.  I'm often passing thru that area.

Offline mkevenson

  • Lifetime Member
  • *
  • Posts: 2258
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Santa Rosa, Ca
  • Roos! Protector of Fowl
Re: Fuoco Pizzeria, Fullerton, CA
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2013, 12:02:42 PM »
I'm in Torrance.  I'll have to give them a try sometime soon.  I'm often passing thru that area.

The pie was good, the service outstanding. I did mention that I was a member here. Spoke to the owner and his son, I believe.
It has been a while and I don't remember the specifics, but definitely worth a go.

Mark
"Gettin' better all the time" Beatles


 

pizzapan