One of Naples' Oldest Pizza Makers Headed to Hell's Kitchen

By Mathew Katz on August 11, 2011 8:53am 

Pizza from Kesté Pizza & Vino. The restaurant's co-owner is opening a pizzeria in Hell's Kitchen with the owner of Naples' oldest pizza shop.
Pizza from Kesté Pizza & Vino. The restaurant's co-owner is opening a pizzeria in Hell's Kitchen with the owner of Naples' oldest pizza shop.
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MANHATTAN — The owner of one of the Naples' oldest pizzerias is trying his hand at a New York slice.

Antonio Starita, the owner of the Italian city's 110-year-old Pizzeria Starita, is teaming up with a Manhattan chef to open Don Antonio, a high-end pizza shop in Hell's Kitchen.

Starita's partner in the venture is Roberto Caporuscio, co-owner of Kesté Pizza & Vino in the West Village.

Both men are ranking members of the Association of Neapolitain Pizzaiuoli, an organization that certifies the quality and authenticity of Neapolitain pizza. Starita is the association's vice president.

The two men just signed a 10-year lease for a 2,500-square-foot space at 309 W. 50th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues. The deal was first reported by Crain's New York Business.

Caporuscio told Crain's that Hell's Kitchen is a great spot for his new restaurant. He plans to introduce a "pizza frita" that uses fried dough.

The two owners said they are hoping to open the new restaurant in October.

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