Brandi Pizzeria finds its origins in Naples Italy, founded by Pietro Calicchio, his father, the famous Giovanni Calicchio, having established his pizzeria in 1780.
Pietro became famous for having created the infamous Pizza Margherita for Queen Margherita in 1889. Pietro passed away without leaving any heirs and his business was passed on to Enrico Brandi, a loyal employee, who then handed it down to his daughter, Maria Giovanna, who married Raffaele Esposito.
In June 1889, the new sovereigns of Italy were in Naples for the ReclamaRon of the City and when Queen Margherita of Savoy expressed her desire to try the favourite dish of the people, the Head of Dining Services at the Royal Palace, Camillo Galli, called for the most famous pizza chef of the period, namely Raffaele Esposito, husband of Maria Giovanna Brandi. Esposito went to Capodimonte with all the necessary ingredients and prepared three different types of pizza, The Queen especially liked the one he had prepared with tomato, mozzarella and basil, a pizza which also brought to mind the colours of the Savoy flag and in which, in her honour, was christened the “Margherita”.
Following this event, the “Ufficio di Bocca” (Cuisine Office) of the Royal Palace sent a le_er to Raffaele Esposito in which it confirmed that the Queen had enjoyed this pizza.
Leaving no children, the management of the business which had now become “Pizzeria Brandi” was entrusted to Maria Giovanna’s nephews, Giovanni and Pasquale Brandi, who transferred the management to Pietro Pagliarulo, whose daughter Anna later married Pasquale Brandi who returned to take the reins of the pizzeria.
Of the four children between Pasquale Brandi and Anna Pagliarulo none followed in the family business. Upon the passing of Pasquale, however, the pizzeria was passed on to Vincenzo Pagnani, the nephew of Pagliarulo. Currently Brandi Pizzeria is run by the children of Vincenzo Pagnani, and sRll offers delicious pizza prepared in accordance with the Neapolitan recipe.