The chef Renato Viola, who was born in Salerno, followed the American dream by heading to the United States to do what he knew how to do best: pizza. He arrived in Miami, where sunny Florida welcomed him with an artisanal proposal where the dough is light and crunchy, and where the flavors and products are of true Italian quality. Different from the American pizza, like New York or Chicago, with dense and thick bases, Renato brought the Neapolitan style pizza to the populous city of Miami.
He arrived in Miami at the age of 29 where he only needed eight months to get the special visa O-1, for “people who possess extraordinary abilities in sciences, arts, education, business, and athleticism.” In Renato’s case, his extraordinary ability was making pizza, an art with which he grew up mastering in the southern town of Agropoli.
Taking charge of his dreams, Renato arrived in the United States and conquered the pallets of Miami with his fine pizzas, full of flavor, yet vividly contrasting with the lives of the American people. After conquering this market, he decided to expand his pizzas to around the world, starting with Dubai and eventually arriving in Madrid.
Although the pizza is very obviously the main protagonist on the menu, the salads and starters also leave customers wanting more. Renato puts his machine to work, which brings out the homemade flavor as well as the good prime ingredients. The first example is found in the dough, which is elaborated with ecological flour from south Italy, and guarded as one of the main secrets of pizzaiolo.
To its side are the other two main ingredients of the Italian pizza: mozzarella and tomato, which he also buys from Italian suppliers that he has known for decades, guaranteeing him true success. With this foundation, he has elevated his multinational “tower”, in which a few of famed and “star” pizzas include the Star Luca (with spicy salami, ricotta cheese, and basil) and the Star Michele (with eggplant, zucchini, ricotta cheese, roasted cheese, and basil).
Along with the pizzas already listed, there are 20 other options that make coming back and repeating a pizza at MisterO1 impossible because they all tempt the customers with their many products from La Bella Italia, although some of them include local gastronomy as well. There are three divisions for the pizzas: traditional, special, and extraordinary. These generously large pizzas will allow you to taste the ingredients without filling yourself with the dough; something that each gourmet appreciates, to enjoy the touches of crunchy, light oven cooking. Also, to respect Italian cuisine, Renato includes different calzone options which are characteristic for being closed and soaked in tomato sauce; giving customers the ability to travel to Salerno through their pallets.
There is also a sweet counterpoint that can also be made as a pizza for the chocolate and Nutella addicts, or if you prefer something more fruity, we recommend the banana and Nutella.
Calle Sor Ángela de la Cruz, 22 Madrid.
Telephone: 91 905 77 75.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, from 13:00h to 23:00h. Friday and Saturdays, from 13:00h to 00:00h. Sundays, from 13:00h to 23:00h
Average price: 15 euros.
Text: Jaime de las Heras.
Photography: Nacho Alcalde Ruiz.