Giovanni Santarpia and his pizza Photo credit: facebook

2021 UPDATE!!! GIOVANNI SANTARPIA NOW HAS A PROPRIETARY PIZZERIA AND THE FORMER LOCATION WHICH WAS USING HIS NAME HAS SINCE REBRANDED (THANK GOODNESS!) AND NOW GIOVANNI HAS THIS SPOT ON VIA SENESE– PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN IN 2018 AND HE OPENED IN 2020 I BELIEVE? ANYWAYS CHECK THIS POST LINKING TO HIS NEW SPOT OWNED BY GIOVANNI HIMSELF- CHECK IT OUT AND SUPPORT GIOVANNI AND HIS TEAM!

I know this comes off as reporter-y, and I usually don’t write or update restaurant gossip from Florence- but Giovanni Santarpia leaving the pizzeria branded after him is worth giving y’all a heads up about.

In sum, Giovanni Santarpia is no longer spinning at Santarpia. What’s this pizzeria, you ask? Santarpia is a critically lauded, 3rd wave kind of pizzeria in Florence’s Sant’Ambrogio district originally helmed by Giovanni Santarpia, a revered pizzaiolo from Campania. But 3rd wave doesn’t quite do Giovanni’s pies justice- I’d say gourmet Neapolitan but the pizzas really reflected Giovanni’s imagination and memory of taste. It’s hard to classify the pizzas served here- which is why the news of Giovanni leaving, will leave a hole in the identity and draw of Santarpia. The carb parties thrown here were distinctly Giovanni’s propriety and I’d be curious as to how those left will attempt to recreate them. Continue Reading