V Pizza and Tap Garden
V Pizza is the idea, creation, and funding of three Jacksonville natives with the goal to bring true Neapolitan pizza to our home town. While we were excited to bring authentic, very high-quality food to Jacksonville, we also had concerns that the general opinion of what pizza was would be different from what we were serving. Cheese from a buffalo? Pizzas that aren’t perfectly round? Burn marks on the crust? We were certainly taking a risk doing something different, but we felt confident that our community was ready for the taste of something that has been perfected by Italians for hundreds of years.
What makes our authentic Neapolitan pizza so good?
Our Ovens The first part of delivering a TRULY authentic pizza is the oven. Our search for the best of the best led us to Stefano Ferrera in Naples, Italy, where he and his family have been making these ovens for hundreds of years. Within 3 months, our first 3 ovens, named Felice, Amore and San Marco, were bound for Jacksonville. These amazing ovens reach 900°F to finish your pizza in about 90 seconds!
Our Dough Our dough is made every morning in our dough room exclusively from 00 flour imported directly from Italy. The ingredients are simple: flour, sea salt, distilled water, fresh yeast, and nothing else!
Our Mozzarella Mozzarella Di Bufala, a drawn-curd cheese made exclusively from whole buffalo’s milk, has a springy texture and a pleasant taste with a faint mossy smell, reminiscent of the humid grazing fields of Campania in southern Italy. If you’ve never had the real Mozzarella before, it’s definitely time you tasted this sublime delicacy.
Our Sauce Our sauce is made from San Marzano tomatoes, widely considered the best and most flavorful tomatoes in the world, which are shipped directly from Italy. We then add our house made basil pesto (no nuts). That’s IT.
Our Prosciutto By definition, Prosciutto di Parma is the gold standard of Italian prosciutto. It is produced in the province of Parma, Italy, using only four ingredients: specially-bred and nurtured Italian pigs, sea salt, air and the most important ingredient, time.
Our Bacon What V serves is called Pancetta, and is often called Italian bacon. Unlike American bacon, which is most often smoked or chemically cured, pancetta is unsmoked pork belly that is cured in salt and spices and then dried for several months.
Our Peppers The best peperoncino in Italy can be found in Calabria. The Calabrian pepper is used in the rustic cooking of southern Italy, where it gives a kick to simple preparations and considered one of the most flavorful peppers along with a subtle and tasty heat.
Our Meatballs Our meatballs are 100% natural without breading making them a celebrated appetizer without guilt OR gluten! Whether they are listed here or not, all of our ingredients have this in common: NO artificial preservatives, all natural ingredients, no GMOs. We hope that you enjoy your experience at V Pizza and appreciate the taste of old world Italy wherever you find us!