Recently I visited Ferrara for a cultural trip. Besides the Ducal and Diamanti Palaces and other amenities such as the Botanic Garden and the Estense's villas and retreats, I had the opportunity to eat a Neapolitean specialty called Panuozzo.
In fact, I was visiting a friend of mine, owner of the elegant and polished residence D'Elite, and when I came there she told me she had obtained a small restaurant from one of the bedrooms of the building.
the renaissance building hosting D'Elite residence and Mascolo Ferrara venue in which one can find the Panuozzo
The franchising and license of the shop belongs to Mascolo restaurateur, who, in 1983 invented the so called Panuozzo in Gragnano, a city from the Sorrento area, famous for its pasta and wine.
I asked Laura, the manager of D'Elite-Mascolo for some clarification on it, as I never heard that name before. She explained that Panuozzo is like pizza, stuffed with good and genuine ingredients. It is a clever reinvention and mix between a pizza and a fast-food hamburger, but with the plus of Italian taste. Since the creation, the gourmet dish is still considered an innovation and it is a national trademark, with a secret recipe and cooking method.
I personally tried the trentennale Panuozzo, filled with provola cheese,cheek lard, cherry tomatoes and pecorino cream. On the other hand, my partner tested the Rustico, with sausage, provola cheese and friarielli (a special variety of Mediterranean turnip). We devoured them! You are able to eat half of a Panuozzo for € 8, whereas the entire one costs € 14. Both solutions, dine-in or take-away are available.
We had the pleasure to dine in a comfortable and cosy garden, refresh by the intense red of the furniture, the white flowered architecture, the presence of two gic lanterns and the relaxing blue of the tablecloth. A hint that you cannot refuse: the glass of beer really helps to savour the meal better!
the tiny and delightful interior garden of D'Elite
The Mascolo- D'elite also offers to its customers delicious pizzas, homemade croquettes, fried fish dishes and the typical frittatina napoletana, this one a sort of pressed pasta in a round shape, covered up with egg and finally fried. Delicious! I suggest exercising a bit after enjoying the dinner, but I can guarantee it is all worthwhile.