800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria was recently awarded with the title of “true Neapolitan pizza” by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana for its Westwood, Calif., To-Go location.
The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana is a non-profit organization founded in Naples, Italy in 1984, with the “mission to promote and protect the Neapolitan pizza craft in Italy and worldwide.” The certification requires pizzerias to adhere to strict standards, including the use of ‘00’ flour, extra virgin olive oil and fresh mozzarella.
All brand locations are inspected and evaluated by the AVPN on an individual level, with the additional specification that each pizza be prepared independently, as opposed to on an assembly line.
According to a news release, although all 800 Degrees Pizzas are prepared with the same ingredients and cooking method, the nature of one-by-one preparation at the Westwood To-Go location made it ideal for the brand’s inaugural certification. There are currently less than 500 AVPN certified pizzerias in the world, and fewer than 75 in the U.S.
“This is something we’ve been striving for since the beginning,” Founder/Chef Anthony Carron said in the release. “It’s always been of the utmost importance to me that we represent the tradition of the true Neapolitan pizza, and we are honored to be presented with the certification.”