Zafferano & Co. Friends: Michele Iuliano
Family, friendship, tradition and authenticity. These are the words that perfectly describe
Michele luliano as well as the feeling you have while dining at any one of his restaurants in
New York City. Born in Naples, Michele was raised in Italy surrounded by his amazing family -
especially his mother and grandmother who ran a local bakery. This is where Michele's
journey to becoming a top Executive Pizzaiolo began. As a child Michele would spend hours
t his families bakery. At times even falling asleep on the large flour bogs in the early morning
hours while his mother began baking before the store opened. Under the watchful eye of his
mother this was the place where his love of cooking and passion for bread began.
OVER THE YEARS MICHELE HAS MASTERED THE PERFECT DOUGH,
which is the foundation for truly authentic Napoli style pizza. Armed with a passion for food and his knowledge of baking Michele moved to New York City in 2001 with a dream of opening a truly
authentic Neapolitan style restaurant. The dream was realized in 2004 when Michele opened
Luzzo's in the heart of the East Village. Luzzo's creates their amazing hand crafted Napoli style
pizza and bakes them in one of the of the few remaining coal ovens in New York City. The 120
year-old ovens bring together to absolute perfection his carefully chosen ingredients that are all
imported from his native Italy.
SINCE OPENING MICHELE HAS RECEIVED MANY AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
REGARDING HIS PIZZA as well as some media outlets calling it the best pizza in New York City.
located in Chelsea opened in 2010 and then DaMikele in Tribeca in 2011. At the end of the day
the most important thing to Michele is that he stays true to his values. This goes for his everyday
life as well as his restaurants. If you were to ask Michele if he feels successful he would tell you
this: "For me, it's never been about money or popularity. It's just about my passion for food,
especially pizza and bread".
Company - Restaurant: Luzzo's Group
Location: New York - New York