A Memory from Naples


One of the coolest things I brought back from Naples last month, an oliera. Every single pizzeria in Naples uses one of these copper vessels to drizzle olive oil on the pizza before it bakes. Many have more ornate and intricate designs than mine, but this one is special too.

After a week of asking many a pizzaiolo where to buy one (no one would tell us) we found one restaurant owner who not only told us, but walked us over a dodgey alley where a craftsman was making them by hand. After the maker put the finishing touches on this oliera, our new found friend did some haggling (which, in Southern Italy involves shouting and wild gesticulation) and it was mine to take home.