Pizzeria Azzurri is truly a family restaurant. Owners Jon & Lara Eddleman, along with their children, Madison and Davis, make terrific brick-oven pizza and other delicious dishes every day. Personally serving their customers is a distinctive of dining at Azzurri. The mission is simple: to craft fine pizza and excellent food, offer exceptional value, and have each and every customer leave truly satisfied with their experience at Azzurri.
The name AZZURRI is a nod to the Eddleman's Italian roots. Azure blue (azzurro, in Italian) is the traditional color of Italian teams and athletes, due to the “Azzurro Savoia” (Savoy Blue), the color traditionally linked to the royal House of Savoia dynasty which unified Italy in 1861. Their national sports teams are referred to as “The Azzurri.”
While pizza’s exact origin is not known, its roots date all the way back to 1000 AD. The first commercial pizzerias were in Naples, where brick oak-burning ovens, baked the dough covered with lava stones from Mount Vesuvius. Tomatoes, introduced to the Italians by the Spanish in the 16th century, were then added to pizza recipes, creating what is most closely related to what we enjoy here today. Simple and economical, pizza became a very common food among the peasant people, even sold on the streets by street vendors. But it is rumored to be Naples’ King Ferdinand IV who really popularized it when his wife, Queen Maria Carolina, loving pizza so much, convinced her husband to allow pizzas to be made in the royal ovens. Thus, pizza was exalted from peasant food to royal cuisine! Since then, pizza has become the world’s favorite food, an everyman’s dish fit for kings!
Like the Sicilian crust, pizza’s history is deep and thick. Pizzeria Azzurri is filled with history as well, as the earthy, casual atmosphere is set with the rough hewn tables and bar shed, personally crafted by Jon. The summer of 2009, Jon acquired several tons of heart pine timbers and beams, salvaged mostly from the floor of the original Athens/Clarke County Cotton Exchange, circa 1800. Jon transformed the wood, in pretty rough condition, into Azzurri’s beautiful bar and tables, bringing a whole new meaning to “a floor you can eat off”! The other reclaimed materials you see, including the bricks and tin-roof metal, were originally part of an 1800’s Forsyth county farmhouse.
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