Virginia Dining February 19, 2019
You Have To Try The Virginia Restaurant Serving Up Pizza Certified By Italy
When you’re looking for a delicious pizza, you have plenty of options to choose from in Virginia. But if you’re looking for authentic pizza like you’d get in Naples, you’ll want to head to Ciao Osteria in Centreville. It’s actually certified from an official Italian organization.
Step inside Ciao Osteria for some of the best Italian food in Virginia. You'll find this little gem at 14115 St Germain Dr., Centreville, VA 20121.
The atmosphere here at Ciao Osteria is quaint and charming. With its warm, wood floors, pretty Italian murals, and red-checked tablecloths, this place is the next best thing to a trip to Naples.
In addition to serving up scrumptious pasta and Italian entrees, Ciao Osteria is one of only a handful of restaurants in the state that's certified by a non-profit group in Naples called Associzione Verace Pizza Napoletana. The association requires its members to create pizza Napolatena in very specific ways in order to keep its authenticity.
One of the secrets of the perfect Napoletana pizza is the wood-fired oven. It bakes the pizzas at 800°F-900°F for a very short time - only 90 seconds or less.
The fresh mozzarella cheese that tops these pizza is made by hand, right here in the kitchen.
Every single pizza is lovingly crafted from fresh, authentic ingredients before being placed in the oven. Because the dough is especially soft and pliable, and the fresh mozzarella has a higher moisture content than store-bought cheese, the pizzas are generally made much smaller and more like personal-size pies.
When they come out of the oven, they're pure perfection! The little burn spots on the crust give it that incredible wood-fired flavor.
Because this pizza is so pliable, most people prefer to eat it with a knife and fork.
Stick around for dessert - it's divine! The homemade gelato is hard to pass up...
...and the homemade tiramisu and cannoli are authentic Old World treats.
Ciao Osteria is open seven days a week, starting at 11 a.m. Plan a visit soon!
Ciao Osteria’s website to learn more and see the full menu, and make sure to follow the restaurant’s Facebook page to stay abreast of all the latest happenings.
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