Saturday, September 12, 2009

Julia Roberts Set For an Authentic Pizza Slice in Naples

Naples is set to serve Julia Roberts one of its best pizzas Monday as the actress films a scene from her new film Eat, Pray, Love. The film is based on Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. Roberts, who is also producing the film, along with Brad Pitt, will enjoy a slice of Pizzeria da Michele Naples pizza with a tourist guide played by Italian actor Luca Argentero.

Crew could be seen moving into the Forcella neighborhood of Naples today. Roberts will bite into her slice of Naples' pizza, the cities most famous food, at the historic Pizzeria da Michele a Forcella pizzeria Monday. Of course, Roberts is no stranger to Pizza movies, as one of her early movies was Mystic Pizza.

Michele a Forcella, founded in 1870, is known for its archetypal 'vera pizza napolitana'.

Taken by the city's lure, the filmmakers have added an extra scene in a church, Pio Monte della Misericordia, housing Caravaggio's famous Sette Opere di Misericordia.

''This film will be very important for promoting the image of Naples and the surrounding region,'' said the director of Campania's film commission, Maurizio Gemma, praising the ''great collaboration'' shown by the local community.

Asked on her website ''where can I get that pizza you describe in your book,'' Gilbert replies: ''Pizzeria da Michele. Order the double mozzarella. If you go to Naples and don't eat this pizza, please lie to me later and tell me that you did''.

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