Bomb explodes outside historic Naples pizzeria

The Local Italy
The Local Italy - [email protected]
Bomb explodes outside historic Naples pizzeria
Outside Pizzeria Sorbillo in central Naples. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

This is an Italian language learner article. Test your vocabulary by trying to guess the Italian for the words highlighted in bold, then check the translations provided at the bottom.


An explosion was reported outside one of Naples' most famous pizzerias early on Wednesday, forcing the popular eatery to close its doors.

"Closed for bombing," read a sign held by the Pizzeria Sorbillo's owner, Gino Sorbillo, alongside the promise: "Reopening soon".

Photo: Gino Sorbillo/Facebook

The late-night explosion, which occurred when the popular pizzeria was closed, did not injure anyone, but damaged the restaurant's entrance on the busy Via dei Tribunali.

It comes seven years after the pizzeria suffered a devastating fire, rumoured to have been set by the local mafia as punishment for refusing to pay protection money.

"After the fire ... now come the bombs," commented Sorbillo, one of Italy's best known pizza chefs.

"What saddens me most is that they set a bomb in a place that's a symbol of this city's rebirth: I've been working for years to put the old town back in the spotlight, with tourists, with local and foreign customers, and all of a sudden they force me to close like this," he told the Corriere della Sera.

"I'm afraid it's a warning to other businesses, that they targeted me to say: 'If we did it to Sorbillo, we can do it to anyone.'"

Inside the Pizzeria Sorbillo's kitchen. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

His pizzeria is one of the attractions to have brought tourists into the working-class neighbourhoods of Naples, which has long been dogged by organized crime and deprivation. 

After the success of his original location, Sorbillo has since opened other venues in Naples, Milan and New York, and regularly wins accolades for making some of Italy's best pizza.

Police are examining footage from surveillance cameras in hope of identifying the culprit. Meanwhile, Sorbillo said that his restaurant would be serving pizzas again "within a few days".


famousfamoso, celebre

signun cartello

protection moneyil pizzo

pizza chefsi pizzaioli

rebirth – la rinascita

all of a sudden – all'improvviso

warning – un avvertimento

working-class (adj.) – operaio

venues i locali

surveillance camerasle telecamere

READ ALSO: What makes Neapolitan pizza one of the world's cultural treasures?

Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP


Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also