Renato Nazzaro is without a doubt the best-known pizza chef along the Moselle. The story behind the hype surrounding the native Italian, why the 41-year-old is virtually a piece of world heritage and his plans for the future.
It’s a sunny day in April when Renato Nazzaro is standing behind his original Neapolitan pizza oven – as he almost always does. This time on wheels. For about a month now, the Italian-born chef has been preparing his infamous pizzas not only in the Café um Moart on the “place du Marché”, but also in his brand new food truck in the car park of the Remich swimming pool. And business is good: “On evenings on which we have been in the food truck, we have sold around 180 pizzas, ” he says. If the restaurant in the centre was open at the same time, the total number was just below 400. There is hardly anyone on the Moselle who doesn’t know Renato and his pizza. Word has even spread to the capital: “If you want a good pizza, you have to go to Renato’s in Remich”, is what was recently said at a colleague’s dinner table at home.
Dusted from bottom to top with flour, the 41-year-old juggles between pizza dough, waiting customers and his two daughters Gaia and Angela, who are just dropping by with their mother and grandfather. Renato’s father moved to Luxembourg two months ago to join his son and granddaughters. “My mother died two years ago and my father was all alone in Italy. I organised an apartment for him and he now lives very close to us”, Renato says.
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A piece of world heritage in Remich
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