World-renowned Neapolitan pizza chefs, Roberto Caporuscio of the wildly popular Kesté Pizza & Vino in New York City, and his maestro, Antonio Starita, third generation owner of one Naples’ oldest and most revered pizzerias, Pizzeria Starita a Materdei, have joined forces to bring authentic Neapolitan pizza to Midtown Manhattan at Don Antonio by Starita.
Located at 309 West 50th Street in New York City, Don Antonio by Starita is where pizza fans can indulge in an expansive assortment of more than 60 traditional and creative, wood-fired Neapolitan pies, crafted from the finest ingredients, including homemade mozzarella. Highlights include a selection of pizze fritte (lightly fried pizza), such as the “Montanara Starita”.
Roberto Caporuscio was born and raised on a dairy farm in Pontinia, Italy, an hour outside of Naples, where he first developed his culinary skills producing and selling cheese. It was, however, in Napoli, the birthplace of pizza, where Mr. Caporuscio went to study the art and craft of this culinary delight with the most talented Neapolitan pizza masters, including Antonio Starita. After training with the best, he established two successful pizzerias in Pittsburgh, PA, then A Mano in Ridgewood, NJ, and ultimately settled in New York City in 2009 when he opened Kesté Pizza and Vino on Bleecker Street, followed by Don Antonio by Starita in Midtown February 2012.
Born to a family of pizza makers in Naples, Italy, Antonio Starita began crafting pizza at the early age of 12, under the watchful eye of his parents and grandparents. Today, Mr. Starita is a third generation owner of one of Naples’ oldest and most revered pizzerias, Pizzeria Starita a Materdei, established in 1901.
During Starita’s proprietorship, Pizzeria Starita has flourished to be become one of the preeminent pizza spots in Naples, a city which houses thousands of pizzerias. Attracting huge crowds from locals to the social elite and star soccer players, fans often wait two hours to indulge in Mr. Starita’s masterful creations.