Oakfired at The Royal Oak in Beccles has become the third UK restaurant to achieve an international quality standard awarded by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) in Naples.
This means owners Paul Williams and Paul Jackson can now legally claim to be able to offer its diners ‘real Neapolitan pizza’ and are now officially part of what UNESCO has deemed ‘intangible cultural heritage’.
Following a visit to Oakfired by an assessor, the eatery was awarded AVPN certification, which proves chefs have met all 10 elements of the AVPNs criteria.
The factors include the way chefs cut the mozzarella, where ingredients are sourced from, how to stretch the dough, the temperature of the oven and the cooking duration.
Mr Jackson, also the chef at Oakfired, said: “The UK is way behind other countries when it comes to cooking pizza as they do in Naples. We hope to become ambassadors for Neapolitan pizza, helping the AVPN achieve its aim of establishing a bigger network of AVPN-accredited restaurants in the UK.”
Oakfired joins Casa Mia in Herne Bay, Kent, and Cal’s Own in Newcastle-upon-Tyne as the other AVPN accredited restaurants.