Silvio Miceli, Head Pizzaiolo and owner of Pizza Artigiana, was born in a hospital in the picturesque steel town of Piombino, Tuscany. Silvio was born into a food and culture loving family, a father from Rome and a mother from a small medieval town Castagneto Carducci on the Costa degli Etruschi. The area was to be a constant inspiration through his life and career.
Silvio’s family immigrated to the shores of Australia in the early 1980’s and from there created a new home in Canberra. After a long period without going back to Italy, at 13 Silvio had a life-changing trip back to Italy. It was during this trip that he re-embraced his Italian culture for the first time in a decade. The 1990 football world cup was hosted in Italy at this time. He spent his days playing football in the park with his cousins and nights watching and learning how to make many traditional Italian dishes with his Nonna and other family members. They would all chip in and help and also enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Over the next 8 years he would return during the school holidays. During these trips he was introduced to a pizzeria in Castagneto called “Il Cappellaccio”. It had become very well known in the area for their amazing and enormous pizzas. This was the beginning of the love affair that would culminate after many years of learning, practice and dedication to craft, in the establishment of Pizza Artigiana.
Silvio has had the advantage over the years to be able to look at things from a different perspective from his home in Australia. This has however reaffirmed his belief and ours that the secret to truly amazing pizza is quality of ingredients and the human touch. This is an art form not a job!