Salvatore Cuomo at Manza Beach serves best Napoli pizza

Although local ingredients are used for freshness, everything else is authentic Napoli.

Salvatore Cuomo’s name is synonymous with Napoli Pizza in Japan, and his creations are stirring plenty of attention at the ANAIntercontinental Manza Beach Resort.

Patrons can watch their pizza to take shape and then fried in the Italian made oven behind the counter.

Salvatore Cuomo is the pioneer who made the Napoli Pizza famous in Japan. He has also produced 66 restaurants all over Japan, and less than four months ago opened the first on Okinawa inside the Manza Beach Resort.  He’s calling it the Salvatore Cuomo & Bar Manza Beach, with a combined indoor and outdoor space of 482 square meters and a total of 99 seats. The indoor area has counter seats, tables, and a sofa, all together 35 seats facing into the kitchen with its first-class oven.

The outdoor seats are the bar and sofa seats surrounded by palm trees, giving it a private and resort atmosphere. The restaurant is open from March through November and wedding receptions and dinner parties are also available. Daily lunch and dinner service is provided, and the restaurant says it’s flexible to cater any event.

Bar and sofa seats outdoors are arranged to create private resort atmosphere.

Lunch service runs noon to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. ~ 9 p.m. March through June and October & November.  For now, the hours are a bit extended, with lunch starting at 11 a.m. and running to 3 p.m. through September.  There’s a café time 2 p.m. ~ 5 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. ~ 9 p.m., and extended bar service 9 p.m. ~ 11 p.m.

The newly opened restaurant features a ¥2,100 lunch special with an appetizer, pizza or pasta, dessert and a drink.  The lunch pizza is margherita, marinara No. 1, capricciosa, while the pasta is a choice of Spaghetti Bolognese, Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Shrimp and Bitter Melon, and Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato and Basil.

In the Salvatore Cuomo & Bar Manza Beach, the genuine Napoli Pizza is baked in the handmade oven that was made by a famous oven maker in Napoli, which brings out the taste of the Napoli Pizza as it should be.

There’s also an antipasto, which is a great combination with wine, not to mention grilled dishes made with fresh vegetables, fish and meat. There are also dishes made with Okinawan ingredients such as Okinawan red pepper, aguu, the black pork meat, sea grapes known as umi budou, and more.

Dinners at Salvatore Cuomo & Bar Manza Beach get even better.  In the antipasto category, Assorted appetizers are ¥2,500, Smoked seafood cold plate ¥2,600, Minestrone ¥1,000, Gazpacho served with Olive Crostini ¥1,200, and Buffalo Mozzarella Caprese ¥1,600.  Pesce, the restaurant’s specialties from the sea, are Charcoal Grilled Smoked Swordfish ¥2,200, Charcoal Grilled Homard Lobster with Fresh Tomato Sauce ¥2,800, and Charcoal Grilled/paper wrapped/Neapolitan Bouillabaisse ¥2,400

Meats, or Carne, include Chicken and Vegetable Skewers with Parsley Sauce ¥2,300, Pizzaiola style Okinawa Pork ¥2,600, Charcoal Grilled Motobu Beef Steak ¥4,800, and T-Bone Steak (600g) ¥5,800.  There’s a variety of Pasta, including Penne with Spicy Tomato Sauce ¥1,380, Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato and Basil ¥1,480, Spaghetti Peperoncino with Sea Grapes and Yuzu Pepper ¥1,500, Spaghetti Carbonara ¥1,600, Parmesan Cheese Risotto ¥1,700, Fettucine with Porcini Cream Sauce ¥1,800, and Linguine with Prawn and Cream Sauce ¥2,300.

The restaurant also offers Assorted Fries for ¥2,000, a Seafood Salad ¥1,800, and Assorted Prosciutto and Salami ¥2,300.  Salads, Insalata on the menu, include Wild Rocket Greens and Parmesan Cheese Salad ¥1,200, Salami and Papaya Salad with Honey and gorgonzola Flavor ¥1,300, as well as Okinawa Pork and Goya dressed with Yellow Carrots and Pineapple ¥1,480.

There are 13 different pizzas ranging in price from Marinara ¥1,300 to Bianca Neve (Prosciutto, Rucola, Grana Padano & Mozzarella) ¥2,100. The rest cost in between. Desserts from Tiramisu to Gelato and everything in between, are all ¥800, and Assorted dessert snacks are ¥1,500.