Saturday, June 1 • Arrangiarsi (Pizza . . . and the Art of Living). This screening of Matteo Troncone’s film about Naples, pizza, and Italy is a benefit for the
Saturday, June 1 • Arrangiarsi (Pizza . . . and the Art of Living). This screening of Matteo Troncone’s film about Naples, pizza, and Italy is a benefit for the Lord’s Cupboard’s summer food program for kids. 2 & 7 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 121 W. Broadway., Fairfield. $12 at the door.
“Arrangiarsi (pizza… and the art of living)” chronicles my journey in search of the secret of the pizza in Naples. There, I also discovered “arrangiarsi”: the art of making something out of nothing.
Only the Italians have a common verb for this art form and the Neapolitans are known all over Italy as being the masters.
During the making of this film, I lived for five years in my camper van in California and in a tent in Naples, Italy where I made a total of nine trips for filming. I worked, bartered and “arranged” my life to create this film that I wrote, directed, produced, photographed, narrated and edited.
To truly understand the film’s subject matter, it was important for me to actually “live it” — not just go to Naples for two weeks with a big budget, a film crew and be a “tourist,” but to immerse myself and deeply experience the culture.
The film also explores each element of Neapolitan pizza: the tomato, wheat and olive harvests, as well as Italy’s only organic buffalo mozzarella farm. In addition to each ingredient, the film examines the skill of the “pizzaiolo” (pizza-maker) and reveals their secrets.