America Bound: Gino Sorbillo Heads to NYC
One of Italy’s most famous pizzaiolos opens his namesake pizzeria in New York this month. Will he affect the pizza landscape like others who came before him?
Gino Sorbillo sets his sights on America.
Gino Sorbillo, known throughout Italy as a master pizzaiolo with three pizzerias in Naples and appearances on Masterchef Italia, is set to open Sorbillo Pizzeria in New York City.
It wasn’t that long ago that America welcomed and embraced Roberto Caporuscio and Giulio Adriani, two more extremely talented Italian pizzaiolos who we still seek out for new recipes and trends in the culinary arena.
Will Sorbillo join the ranks of fellow pizzaiolo such as Stefano Callegari, who brought Trappizino to the states, or Gabriele Bonci who gave Chicago Roman-style pizza by the slice?
There’s no question that we’ll be watching and waiting to see what Sorbillo has planned for his pizza shop.
According to Eater, fans of Sorbillo’s pizza in Italy wait up to two hours for a table, with the pizzeria serving 1,200 pizzas per day.
Many credit Sorbillo for helping to rescue their neighborhood and build it into a tourist destination.
According to the article, “A young Sorbillo living in one of the worst neighborhoods in one of the most crime-ridden cities in Italy, rejected the Camorra as a kid, so much so that by the time he was 18, in 1994, he joined the Carabinieri, Italy’s elite militarized police force…
“After a year in Rome, Sorbillo went back to Naples, purchased the abandoned building, and built the fourth pizzeria on Via dei Tribunali, determined to break the Camorra’s grip on his neighborhood, through pizza.”