Authentic Neapolitan Pizza is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

Couple in an italian restaurant eating pizza and drinking wine. Selective focus on pizza slices.

February is the month of romance that is highlighted by Valentine’s Day on the 14th. One of the most popular legends behind Valentine’s Day is that Saint Valentine of Rome was thrown in prison for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians. While he was in prison, he healed his jailer’s daughter and before he was executed he wrote her a letter that he signed, “Your Valentine.” While there are a few other connections to different saints named Valentine, they all are celebrated on February 14th.

In the 18th century, England evolved the occasion of Valentine’s Day where lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending cards known as “valentines.” Today, many individuals celebrate Valentine’s Day as a holiday dedicated to the one they love. Chocolates, flowers, jewelry and dinner dates are all very common ways that individuals typically celebrate Valentine’s Day. Instead of following the normal traditions this year, why don’t you celebrate the roots of Valentine’s Day by taking your loved one for a lovely authentic Italian meal at Ironside Kitchen? Since the origins of Valentine’s Day began in Italy, it is only fitting that while you celebrate your love with a delicious Italian Valentine’s dinner.

Ironside Kitchen Pizza & Coffee Co. features a full menu of appetizers, salads, pasta and their authentic Neapolitan pizzas. All of their exquisite dishes are crafted with the freshest seasonal ingredients including organic products, homemade cured meats, mozzarella fiordilatte, and specialty Italian products like flour, tomatoes and olive oil. You cannot go wrong with your choice from their menu but what they are best known for is their authentic Neapolitan pizza.

Made according to Neapolitan tradition, Ironside uses only the finest ingredients for their pizzas in order to provide patrons with an authentic meal. Only the finest “00” flour is used when crafting the dough. This Italian flour is the finest milled flour that you can buy and is perfect for creating the best pizza dough. Keeping with Neapolitan traditions, San Marzano tomatoes are used for the sauce. These tomatoes originated from the small town of San Marzano sul Sarno, which is near Naples, and were first grown in the volcanic soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Once the pizza has been crafted, it is cooked in an extremely hot, traditional wood-fired oven for a very short time to get that crispy, light crust that is highly desired.

The combinations of toppings can be truly endless but if you really want to enjoy a special pizza with your special someone, order the Margherita. Topped with fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella fiordilatte, the Margherita pizza is truly an Italian classic. The story goes that in 1889, Queen Margherita of Savoy and her husband, King Umberto I, visited Naples when chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi was responsible for serving the King and Queen. Raffaele and his wife created a pizza that resembled the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil), to honor the King and Queen and named it Pizza Margherita. Since that day, the popularity of the Margherita pizza has grown tremendously and is one of the most popular types of pizza today.

So if you thought that pizza for Valentine’s could not be a romantic meal, let Ironside Kitchen prove you wrong with their expertly crafted authentic Neapolitan pizzas. The relaxed atmosphere, exceptional staff and the best pizza in Miami truly make Ironside Kitchen a great spot to celebrate your love. To see their full menu visit and be sure to call to reserve your table for Valentine’s Day.

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