Pepe in Grani
Vicolo S. Giovanni Battista, 3, 81013 Caiazzo CE, Italia
This is not just a pizza this is an excellent experience and Franco Pepe is our guide.
In a small alley in the historic centre of Caiazzo, in an historic building from the 18th century, there is “Pepe in Grani”.
Quality lives here, from the furnishing, to the welcoming, the wine list, their beers and the amazing pizzas.
Franco Pepe and his son Stefano are the third and fourth generation of a bakers family who have always loves their land. Their pizza is very well studied, it values this land, it’s mindful – starting from its ingredients – it’s easy to digest and its products are km0.
Every room suggests a different journey: a romantic tête-à-tête to enjoy the sunset, a round table for tastings to share with friends where you can see live how they prepare pizzas, and tables surrounded by the ancient walls and a courtyard.
The menu is rich. Classic, creative, seasonal, fried pizzas and mixed fried coming with wine or beer.
The way they use ingredients is unique, such as their tomatoes passata from Caserta. A simple lush that makes Franco pepe’s pizza a unique product with very little ingredients but that make your mouth dance. A must is the Margherita Sbagliata: the dough is seasoned with buffalo mozzarella campana dop and olive oil. After been cooked this pizza is seasoned with tomato sauce and reduction of basil and oil. To be paired with Bibock. beer.
We have no words. In fact you will stay silent with you eyes closed while eating your pizza.
The mixed fried comes from a very careful study by Franco: light, with a very mindful use of oil, creative and super tasty.
Desserts? A base of fried pizza with apricot jam, lemon ricotta cream, roasted hazelnuts, drained olives from Caiazzo and a little mint. Otherwise straccetti with honey made of fried dough with sugar and cinnamon, full of rosemary honey and orange zeste with vanilla ricotta with a pinch of rosemary and orange.
Such a strong feeling that you need to go just once and you will never forget it!
We will never get bored (or full enough)!
Alessandra Farinelli / Food and Wine Italia
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