North Ender Promoting Pizza Festival at City Hall Plaza

By Phil Orlandella

Festival Directors Raffaele Scalzi and Giancarlo Natale

Festival Directors Raffaele Scalzi and Giancarlo Natale

On July 8 and 9 the first-ever Boston Pizza Festival a one-of-a-kind two-day event featuring live music, beer and wine and some of the best local and international pizza vendors, will be held on Boston City Hall Plaza.

“This event takes the pizza lover through a mouth-watering experience of a variety of thirty types of pizza,” said North End resident Giancarlo Natale one of the organizers of the fastest moving pizza scenes in the country.

Natale and Raffaele Scalzi, festival directors have created a pizza dynamic that could rival any city in the world.

“The event will give attendees the chance to try all of the delicious pizza that the city has to offer,” Scalzi said.

Natale and Scalzi have used their ties in Italy and here in Boston to secure partnerships.

Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN), a Naples based organization and Maria Forni is supplying 30 handcrafted pizza ovens for the pizza festival.

“With the partnerships that we have formed and now have the credentials to be one of the most recognized pizza festivals outside of Naples,” Natale said.

Festival goers can purchase tickets for $15. The special event is open to all ages.

Both Natale and Scalzi (of Revere) have worked in the food and beverage industry for a number of years.

Scalzi is the owner of Casa Mia Cucina Italiana in Marblehead and Natale has an extensive background in event coordination.

Using family ties in Italy, they were able to create this unique event to showcase Boston’s best pizza and to show their Italian roots.

The pizza festival is expected to draw thousands of people into the city.

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