Back to All Events

A Tale of Two Pizzas - featuring ELS San Jose and Oak and Rye

  • Enoteca La Storia ~ San Jose 320 West Saint John Street San Jose, CA, 95110 United States (map)

In 1905, Genaro Lombardi, a Neapolitan immigrant and trained pizzaiolo, received the first
license in America to operate a pizzeria. Upon coming to America, he changed a couple of things.  In Napoli, pizza was fired with wood, in America, Genarro fired his with coal. In America, the mozzarella di buffalo, made from the milk of an indigenous Italian Buffalo was unavailable, so Genarro made his pizzas with “fiore di latte”, cow’s milk mozzarella.

Over the years, as coal was replaced by natural gas and oil burning boilers were used to heat buildings in the city, New York pizza started being made in gas deck ovens, just as most are today. There have been some advancements in Napoli as well.  For instance, the development and use of #00 flour, a super fine strain of durum wheat flour.  But for the most part, pizza in Napoli is made in the same way it has been since the 1800’s.

Currently 70% of the pizza dished out globally is New York Style or a close variation of it. Obviously, part of the reason is convenience, but it begs the question - is New York Pizza better than the traditional Napolitano style? Many claim it is! Is that a case of nostalgic east coasters being sentimental about the flavors of their youth? Is it a case of the pizza is good if the person eating it thinks it is? Well we’ll give you a great opportunity to decide for yourselves! 

We’re welcoming Oak and Rye pizza, our neighbor in Los Gatos, and provider of what we think is the best wood fired pizza for miles, to Enoteca la Storia San Jose for a side by side tasting event with their mobile wood burning pizza oven! 

The event will feature a tasting of 30 Italian wines, under $25, specifically chosen to pair with pizza.  The tasting will be $20 for WC and $25 for General.  This will be a casual, walk-up tasting event.  Pizzas will be made to order from your table.  Regular food menu available as well.  No advanced ticket purchase is required, but a reservation and a credit card hold is.  Please make your reservation by calling into the restaurant at (408) 618-5455 or reserving online via Yelp Reservations.  Please indicate that you are participating in the tasting event and provide a credit card.  A reservation without a credit card will not be honored.

**Reservations cancelled within 24 hours of the event will incur a $25 cancellation fee per guest**

The special pizza menu items for the tasting are listed below.  All items, including the tasting, are ordered separately the day of the event.  The regular menu is available as well.

Menu 2 Two pizza's rev 550.jpg
Earlier Event: March 28
Wine Wednesdays Duckhorn Tasting
Later Event: April 11
April Wine Club Pick Up Party