Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria
2303 4th St SW
Famoso is a Neapolitan Pizzeria that originated from... Edmonton? The owners trained with the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) in Naples to learn the ways of the Neapolitan pizza. From the '00' Caputo flour to the San Marzano tomatoes grown in the Campania region of Southern Italy, the hand stretching and tossing of the dough, the fior-di-latte, bell-shaped fire ovens that cooks your pizza at 900°F in 90 seconds, everything screams authenticity.
I had to pepperoni and roasted mushroom pizza. Quite possibly the least authentic of them all. But it was good. The oven has a "lazy susan" type contraption inside that spins the pizza around the flame. The result is a crispy yet tender crust that is evenly cooked and not burnt. That was one of my complaints at Pulcinella; The dough was sometimes too soggy or too burnt. The San Marzano tomatoes is less acidic, results in a much sweeter taste for the sauce.
Famoso describes themselves as a "fast casual style restaurant". Food is ordered at the counter similar to most fast food places but the food is brought to your table like traditional restaurants. It's kinda weird... like do I tip? I'm not sure... I did anyway to not look like an ass. The restaurant features a "dome" roof with full floor to ceiling windows that lets in ample natural light. A large monochromatic painting hangs on the wall along with 2 large flat screen tvs. The painting likely depicts the eruption of Mount Vesuvius near Naples. Yeah?