Ok - what am I missing? On our way back from a fantastic eating voyage in the Amalfi Coast (report to come a bit later) we spent a night in Naples specifically to get pizza. From all the accolades on the internet we honed in on Pizzaria Sorbilla on Via Tribunal.
We were more than willing to wait our share of time, but fortunately, only had to wait about 15 minutes on a busy Saturday night around 9pm. Great - let's do it! We were directed upstairs and shown to a great table where the patrons were happily munching their pizzas and appearing to have a wonderful time. Our server was pleasant enough and took our order for one margherita pizza and one with olives and capers. We were only 2 persons and the pizzas are huge, but they are so inexpensive (3-8 euro each) that we decided to get 2 in order to try a wider variety.
It literally took 5-7 minutes for our pizza to arrive! That should have tipped us off to the main problem. The pizzas were so drastically undercooked that they were not even pleasant. The crust was rubbery and soggy with no sign of the crispness we were craving. The cheese/sauce were and ok taste (nothing fantastic), but so runny from being undercooked. I promise we kept trying to like the pizzas and find what all the hype was about, but we just could not understand.
Unfortunately, we have no other pizza in Naoles to compare this to since we only had one night. Is this a fair representation of Neopolitan pizza and maybe we just don't care for it? Or has the hype been overblown so much that quality has slipped considerably? Did we just catch them on an "off" night?
I do not wish to offend any Sorbillo afficionados with this review, but am honestly curious if our pizza experience was the norm. For now my vote for Best Pizza still remains with Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix Arizona!
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