Did You Know That They ‘Certify’ Comfort Food In Italy?

It’s no secret that the Italians take food quite seriously. So much so that the classic, Neapolitan way of making pizza is a piece of UNESCO-certified “Intangible Cultural Heritage.” The original ‘pizza’, as we know it today hails from Naples, Italy where it was developed as a cheap, street food. However, it rocketed to fame when King Umberto I and his wife Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples and her namesake pizza was born. Simple ingredients prepared perfectly is what makes Neapolitan pizza so special and why the certification, “Verace Pizza Napoletana” exists.

Verace Pizza Napoletana

Verace Pizza Napoletana means ‘true Neapolitan pizza’ and this certification was created in 1984 by the oldest pizza-making families in Naples. According to their website, “Later on, the association was officially established by the Italian government as a denomination of control (DOC), a designation that made AVPN a legal entity able to give special designation to pizzerias who meet strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making.” In Naples you’ll see a little plaque on the walls of the certified pizzerias, but the organization also certifies those abroad as well. Their website lists all members in Italy and elsewhere.

MAST’ Boston

In Boston, there has been a “Verace Pizza Napoletana” hiding in plain view for over six years, but now is its time to shine thanks to its fabulously historic downtown patio. MAST’ opened in mid 2014 just as Downtown Boston’s renaissance was taking place. As the only certified Naples-style pizzeria in Massachusetts, MAST’ has been humbly crafting perfect pizzas for half a decade and now thanks to its gorgeous patio overlooking Province Street, it is truly a must visit during the times of social distancing.

Outdoor Dining in Boston

The spacious patio offers views of the historic neighborhood as well as the striking Millennium Tower and on a sunny day, there really isn’t a better spot to enjoy a spritz with a view and a side of authentic pizza Napoletana this side of the Atlantic. For Bostonians, now is the time to finally visit MAST’ for some tasty and distanced dining, especially since there is nothing like a good slice of pizza to lift the spirits.  

The menu reads like any good Southern Italian menu should—the food is made for enjoying with family and friends. And while we can’t gather with as many family and friends as we would like right now, any time together should be cherished. Marco Caputo, the owner of MAST’ Boston, believes that food helps to bring people together. “Food has always brought me the best memories with my family and friends. At MAST’ we just want to help our guests feel that sense of togetherness in a year of being apart over some great food.”

Massachusetts COVID-19 Dining Rules

MAST’ is open for lunch and dinner and like all other restaurants in Boston has implemented some changes to the dining areas in accordance with the state’s COVID-19 guidelines. All tables are socially distanced, waitstaff wear masks throughout service, guests are required to wear masks when they are not seated, and additional sanitization processes are in place. If there was ever a time for certified quality comfort food, a chilly Fall day in 2020 is that time, so if you are able to safely visit Boston, head to MAST’ for a belly warming slice of the old world.

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