Apizza di Napoli, an Italian pizzeria in the Centre South Shopping Center in Aiken, has been certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association, an Italian government designation that oversees the requirements of Neapolitan pizza making.

This special certification recognizes those pizzerias that respect the culinary tradition of the Neapolitan pizza. Apizza di Napoli is the first and only restaurant in South Carolina to achieve this certification, according to the restaurant’s owners. “Our goal is to create an authentic Italian experience for our patrons, and the VPN certification truly validates that what you eat at Apizza di Napoli is what you would find in Naples, Italy” said owner and pizza chef Cliff Garzzillo.

In order to achieve this certification, pizzerias must prove they have met the strict guidelines and procedures set forth by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association and are able to produce an authentic Neapolitan pizza. Garzzillo and pizzaiola Kirstyn Thomas both completed an intense three-day, 30-hour training course with a Verace Pizza Napoletana Master Pizzaiolo to receive their official Professional Pizzaiolo diplomas.

Apizza di Napoli earns certification