Fiamme Pizza to Open Brick & Mortar Restaurant in January

Last modified on November 16th, 2016 at 9:05 am

Pizza Bianca, Pizza Margherita, and Insalata Arugula from Fiamme Pizza Napoletana (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mobile pizza maker Fiamme Pizza Napoletana will open a brick-and-mortar location in January 2017 at 4704 E. Sunrise Blvd. in the Sunrise Village Shopping Center.

Fiamme founder, owner, and pizzaiolo Scott Volpe is comfortable working with pizza to say the least. His world-class pizza acrobatics have even earned him the title of the U.S. Pizza Team Acrobatics Champion and will compete at the 2017 World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy.

Regardless of the pizza pizzazz, Volpe produces a pristine Neapolitan-style pizza. The imported Italian Valoriani oven’s 750 degree Fahrenheit floors and 1,000 degree roof creates thin, crisp, leopard-spotted crusts with a chewy, soft interior. The flour and tomatoes are imported from Naples, Italy as well.

Dedication to authenticity is also reflected with the interior design of the tiny space that seats just 15 guests at a time.

“The place is a traditional theme as if you were transported back to a pizzeria in Naples,” Volpe said. “It will have some modern aspects, but the overall feel is a traditional, rustic, Neapolitan pizzeria.”

Even though pizza is at the peak of quality fresh out of the oven, neighbors stuck in offices can still rejoice.

“We’ll also be focused a lot on delivery and take-out since the space is so small,” Volpe said.

The kitchen will include more tools than Fiamme’s mobile setup. While classic pizzas such as the Margherita and Capricciosa will remain on the menu, guests can look forward to new creations such as the Colazione breakfast pizza with eggs, pancetta, and mozzarella.

Non-pizza items will also be available, including insalate (salads) and antipasti such as panini, bruschetta, and a meat and cheese board. Dessert still includes the Nutella Pizza, but Budino di Pane (bread pudding) and gelato will join the fray. Vegan and gluten-free options will also be available.

Prosciutto and Arugula Panino, Bruschetta, and Insalata Arugula from Fiamme Pizza Napoletana (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Prosciutto and Arugula Panino, Bruschetta, and Insalata Arugula from Fiamme Pizza Napoletana (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bottled beer and wine by the glass will be available once the license is approved. In the meantime, Italian San Pellegrino sodas and bottled water will be available.

Pizza will range from $10 – 15, but $7 pizzettas will also be available for smaller appetites.

Operating hours will be 11:30 a.m. until the dough runs out.

Bonus tip: pay an extra dollar to order your pizza cornicione ripieno, which is a cheese-stuffed crust.

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Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He enjoys neon-lit dinners and long crab walks on the beach. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.