About Catalano's

Our family is Italian. Growing up in a big Italian family is quite an experience. Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs was the only fare when the entire clan got together every Sunday back in Dayton, Ohio. When we did go out for pizza, it was always to the same place – Marion’s – where only the best pizza could be found.

Growing up, we were taught to do the best we could at whatever we did. As a result, here at Catalano’s we use only the best ingredients and the freshest products. Our dough is made fresh daily, using only imported Italian flour. Our Parmesan and Asiago cheese are also imported from Italy. We grind our own imported Italian tomatoes and cheeses, and our meats are never frozen. We take pride in our heritage and we make sure our food not only honors our family traditions, but tastes the way it ought to and would make our grandmothers proud.

Our goal is to provide great food with fast service at an affordable price. We’re glad to have you as our guest. Mangia!

The History of Pizza

While certainly ancient, the earliest origins of pizza are no at all clear. One interesting legend recounts that the Roman soldiers returning from Palestina, where they had been compelled to eat matzoh among the Palestinian Jews, developed a dish called picea upon gratefully returning to the Italian peninsula.

Most sources, however, agree that an early form of pizza resembling what is now called focaccia was eaten by many peoples around the Mediterranean rim.

These dishes of round pita-like, cooked bread with oil and spices on top, are the ancestors of pizza, but are not, properly speaking, pizza. The tomato was unknown and the Indian water buffalo had not yet been imported to Campania, the area around Naples.

With the discovery of the New World, the tomato made its way to Italy through Spain. It was considered a poisonous ornamental, and so in the first centuries of its import, was not eaten.

The Neapolitan people seem to be the first to wholeheartedly adopt the tomato into their cuisine. So much so that in our day, the (plum) tomato is the most characteristic element of Neapolitan cuisine.

Over the centuries, a veritable tradition of pizza was developed among the Neapolitan poor. It is not surprising then, that a modern pizza – that is, with mozzarella di bufala and tomato – was made in 1871 in Naples for Princess Margherita of Savonia by Raffaele Esposito. This patriotic pizza, of basil, tomato and mozzarella made in honor of the new tri-color Italian flag’s green, red and white, became the pizza alla Margherita. This form of pizza was made known, popularized and adapted in all the world through waves of emigration from Naples in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

HOURS OF OPERATION

11 am – 8 pm TH-MO

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  • 603-846-5510
  • 100 Route 302 East, Twin Mountain, NH 03595
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TESTIMONIALS
Got there in their busiest time and had to wait for 45 minutes. Decided not to and went to Fabyan's Station (catastrophic). We return the day after at lunch time this time and....great pizza for a very reasonable price. A large cost just $15.99. Very fresh and very good, ...

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markmicallef67
A shining star on the side of the road offering delicious pizza subs and sandwiches. The portions are large and reasonably priced (considering they have no competition). Try the Tuscan turkey, it is excellent. Won't be driving by without stopping on future trips to north Conway!

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Michael P
Already said it – this place serves the best pizza in the area! The owner imports most of his ingredients from Italy, and if he isn't personally cooking, he has trained several young people to toss dough and cook like he does. This is a must try!

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Jodi P
The place doesn't look amazing at first glance but those are usually the best finds and that rang true with Catalano's. Simply THE BEST pizza I've had in a really long time. It’s New York style, extra greasy (but in a great way), with a crispy crust. It’s a deli ...

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KiLeeLuv
Stopped on our way to Canada. Kids had great chicken nuggets (real white meat) and my wife and I split the best club sandwich ever. Fresh sliced turkey and wicked good bacon (as we used to say in Maine). We’ll be back.

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magivey
After a long day of rafting and summer dog sledding in the rain we were looking for a casual meal. Saw this pizza spot and decided to give it a try. Were told the wait would be about 30 minutes for pizzas which we said would be fine and the ...

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