Right on the main drag, Corso Italia, in the heart of Sorrento, Italy is a tiny pizzeria not big on decor but grand with its customers. They line up day and night until two in the morning. Yet, Pizzeria Da Franco (Corso Filangieri, 96, Vico Equense) was not born in Sorrento but in nearby Vico Equense, home of The Boss’s (Bruce Springsteen) Nonno and Da Franco’s.
So, when the opportunity presented itself and a friend invited me, how could I resist? Now, in Vico Equense, this was a true pizzeria complete with a ceiling just dripping with prosciutto crudo curing inhouse.
Most Neapolitans will order traditional Pizza Marguerita, without the toppings that Americans and Brits are so fond of, so when in Rome and all that I venture forth into the land of virgin pizza. Wow, this pizza is the stuff dreams are made of, with a crust just crispy enough around the edges and full of fresh tomatoes and mozzarella that literally melt in your mouth.
Folks may line up at Da Franco’s in Sorrento, but do yourself a favor. Bypass the line; hop on the train for 15 minutes; and enjoy a true taste of what pizza in Naples is meant to be at Pizzeria Da Franco’s in Vico Equense.