Home / Reviews / International / Pizza Adventures In Italy (Part 4): Caputo Flour Mill in Naples
Pizza Adventures In Italy (Part 4): Caputo Flour Mill in Naples

Pizza Adventures In Italy (Part 4): Caputo Flour Mill in Naples

After hitting up Da Michele and Pizzeria Brandi during day one in Naples, our palates were salivating for some more pizza when we woke up on Thursday. But first we decided to pay an important visit to an institution without which much of the world’s best pizza might taste drastically different. For nearly a century, Caputo has been producing what is widely considered to be the most optimal flour for making pizza dough. In fact, their line of high-quality custom blends of flour can be found in restaurants, bakeries, and other food establishments throughout Italy and beyond.

Although not open to the general public, the folks at the Caputo headquarters and flour mill (55, Corso San Giovanni a Teduccio) invited Scott and I by for an inside peek at the process behind producing their renowned flour blends. It was one of the highlights of my trip and provided me insight into a world about which I had almost no knowledge. After a 15 minute ride on the 256 bus coming from the Central Naples Train Station in Piazza Garibaldi, we arrived at the factory.

The production process is quite intensive and I won’t detail every step, but I would like to share some general tips about the flour making process and what enables Caputo to stand out from its competitors. These days — more than ever before — a greater emphasis is being placed on the quality of food products and where they come from. Along with that, comes greater competition. But the Caputo brand has remained strong, as it has been for decades, while other companies are fighting for even a small portion of Caputo’s market. Below, you’ll find out why.

We started off our tour in what I can only describe as a grain lab. You see — each customized Caputo flour blend (there are about a dozen of them) contains a mixture of wheat grains from 8-10 different countries. So Caputo’s pizza flour, for example, might contain a mixture of grains from the United States, Germany, Croatia, Italy, etc. Caputo’s pastry flour would contain a different mixture. But it’s not quite that simple…

Because the harvests in the countries that make up these blends can vary, the blends themselves can change too. Thus, is important to closely monitor which grains are going into which blends. If it rains a lot in a certain country during its harvest, for example, you’ll get a different type of grain that during a drier harvest. In turn, the ratio of the grains used from each country might change. Or, quite often, grains from different countries are swapped in and out of blends.

So how do the different grains from all these countries get to Caputo in the first place? Well when a shipment of grains arrive at the harbor, someone from the company will go and take a sample. The grains will be analyzed and if it meets the company’s needs and standards, they’ll make a purchase. The grains are then delivered to the flour mill, where they are sucked up by the large machine below. It’s at that point when the actual flour making process begins.

The Caputo factory is organized in a vertical fashion. The grain starts out on the second floor of the factory where the grinding takes place. It then shoots up to the third floor where the shaking take place. This process happens 13 times. Grind, shake, grind, shake, grind, shake. It’s almost like the flour is busting a move on the dance floor.

This is considered to be a slow milling process (1-2 hours). Typically, grain goes through this process only about five times (maximizing the amount of flour production), but the method used at Caputo ensures that the company is producing the finest flour on the market. It’s about quality, not quantity.

The final step of the vertical production process takes place on the first floor where the flour is packaged. Each blend has a different color label (some pizzerias have even been known to mix different blends). After that, it’s onto a truck and off to a pizza place near you!

Our tour ended back in the “grain lab,” but the space is actually used for more than just analyzing grains. Of particular interest to me was a machine that tests the elasticity of dough made using different blends of Caputo flour. You might be wondering what makes a dough better for pizza as opposed to, say, pastries. Well a lot of it has to do with the strength of the dough (determined by the different grains that go into it). A pizza maker might be wondering the extent to which dough can be stretched before it breaks. It’s in this lab, where those types of tests are run.

Even though Caputo has been around since 1924, they’re still producing new products. The lab gives them a space to test out these products. An example of this is a current blend they’re soon hoping to begin exporting to Brazil. Because many Brazilians suffer from iron deficiency, the government has regulations that require all flour sold in the country to contain a certain amount of iron. Thus, Caputo is currently experimenting with the best way to incorporate iron into their flour.

It should be noted that when Caputo was founded, they only made one blend of flour with local grains (in a red bag). But when the Marshall Plan was implemented following World War II, they began to import grain from the United States which was higher in protein. Currently, most of the grain they import from the United States is from North Dakota and Minnesota — close to the Canadian border. The pizza blend — which can be found in Caputo’s blue bags — actually has a little less protein in it than the standard blend. When the pizza blend became available, some pizzerias switched over. Others, stayed loyal to the red bags. And some mixed the two together. It’s clear that sales and marketing are strong forces behind the development of these customized blends. Whether or not you use a blend that’s best suited for your needs, you can be sure you’ll be using high quality flour if it has the Caputo label on it.

What was perhaps the most memorable part of my visit to the Caputo headquarters had nothing to do with the flour production process, but rather the attention and generosity that was extended to both Scott and myself. The folks at Caputo went out of their way to accommodate us. They spent a good part of their day showing us around and even drove us to a nearby pizza place for lunch (more on that in the next posting). It’s a family run business and while we were there, we felt like part of the Caputo family.

The above piece is the 4th article in a 13-part series about my pizza adventures in Italy (January 2011 – February 2011). You can access the other parts of the series here:

Introduction (Part 1)
Da Michele – Naples (Part 2)
Pizzeria Brandi- Naples (Part 3)
Caputo Flour Mill- Naples – (Part 4)
Salvo- Naples (Part 5)
Pizzeria Starita – Naples (Part 6)
Buffalo Mozzarella Tour – Caserta (Part 7)
Di Matteo – Naples (Part 8)
Sorbillo – Naples (Part 9)
Dar Poeta – Rome (Part 10)
Forno Marco Roscioli - Rome (Part 11)
00100 Pizza – Rome (Part 12)
Pizzeria Pellone – Naples (Part 13)

About I Dream Of Pizza

Some guys dream about winning the Powerball jackpot, making love to Kate Upton, or scoring the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. But personally, I spend most of my time dreaming about digging my face into a mouth watering slice of pizza. Fireworks are ignited. Music comes out of nowhere. And just like that, I’ve fallen in love once again. Since 2008, I've chronicled my pizza eating adventures in New York City and around the world on I Dream Of Pizza -- the web's most popular blog dedicated entirely to pizza.


  1. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same
    comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that
    service? Thank you!

    My blog … GTA 5 for Android (Blaine)

  2. I love Pizza Adventures In Italy (Part 4): Caputo Flour Mill in
    Naples | I Dream Of Pizza
    Helpful information. Lucky me I found your web site unintentionally, and I am stunned why this coincidence did not took place in advance!
    I bookmarked it.

  3. Let’s say you’ve just purchased the all-new
    Apple Apple iphone 3GS. Your Iphone is sleek, beautiful and completely gorgeous than all the
    other phones you have had so much. Yes, you can flaunt it
    everywhere you go – at function, at home and at community places.

    You can brag about it to everybody you know. But,
    is your Apple iphone the wonder-telephone it is claimed to be?
    Have you improved it with hi-tech add-ons to double its features and
    make it truly cellular?

    I imagine, especially when the OS upgrade that allows universal multitasking on the iPad comes this Drop, that the iPad will be a extremely
    helpful tool in classrooms. Textbooks can be carried on
    the device. Notes can be made in the Webpages app. I can even envision a time
    when builders will produce a piece of software program
    that will allow an instructor to give an instantaneous quiz or test and have it
    graded immediately on the spot, while retaining the dynamic interpersonal
    studying atmosphere of a live lecture and discussion.
    If the textbook producers are prepared to cooperate,
    then using notes and books on a field journey ought to
    become a breeze.

    After a moment of thought, it becomes obvious why e-books would make a
    lot of sense for guide producers. The truth is they are less expensive to produce.
    With out all of the trouble of printing and bodily creating books, Publishers can
    make much more money and get the item to you cheaper.

    The exact same method is what has made iTunes store this kind of a achievement.

    Numerous of us, however, will be shocked to hear that the system really doesn’t reduce the cost as much as we’d
    expect. Most of the cost of a book comes from the extensive work of the
    editors and authors, not the manufacturing and
    distribution. Nonetheless, digital publications are less expensive
    to create than physical types, so the market has been opened.

    To install jailbreak in ipod touch is not extremely difficult.
    You have to download the software to have this services in your ipod touch.
    Guarantee period of jailbreak is also a delicate matter. Unjailbreaking
    your ipod can also be done. Ipod contact jailbreak can customize the
    look of your ipod. Jailbreak can repair bug like mail software crashes.

    It can provide you with fuller disk accessibility.

    I require a great iPhone four video clip editor for Mac, and after attempting numerous applications on Mac, I find Aunsoft Video
    Converter for Mac the better one with additional
    option like converting TiVo videos. Even although most my sources are from my Iphone 4 when recording, I
    also re-encode movies from my friends phones. Aunsoft Video Converter
    functions like a charm for me.

    Unlike the Iphone four/4S, which has an remarkable ability
    to slide off even the flattest-searching surface area, the Apple iphone five has a better grip and is simpler to
    hold, many thanks to its anodized aluminum back. This feature was
    also intended to make the phone scratch-resistant.
    Unfortunately, this does not really occur. When aluminum is
    anodized, it goes via a finishing process that is
    basically an etch and dye procedure that gives it color. There is no protecting finish on top of that to conserve it from scratches.
    This is the reason that many customers, particularly the ones with the black version, complained of chipping.
    Many times, eager customers received their Iphone with scratches and nicks throughout

    Just recently, Dash had reduce Apple iphone costs as well on its 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.

    Apple has reportedly been matching their personal costs to these
    of merchants as well, but they’ve been performing so in peaceful
    fashion. For customers to get a offer inside an Apple shop, they ought to mention how the latest iPhones are becoming offered for
    less at other retail shops.

    Meanwhile, more and more more and more seem to question whether or not the judgment
    of the California court is right. Each Apple and Samsung, in the past, have been globally
    with numerous patent lawsuits. Samsung has now taken dominance
    of the mobile device marketplace. Apple hopes to gain floor with the
    Iphone five launch day, which is scheduled for Sept.

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about factoring.


    Feel free to surf to my web-site: best skateboard decks

  5. Kwanzaa exhorts us to do something for society after the seven-night winter festivity is over.
    Florida would like to see small experiments that could add
    up. Both studies highlight the overuse of CT scans in children, asserting
    that as many as one-third of pediatric CT scans are not medically

  6. Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue together with your website in web explorer,
    would test this? IE still is the market chief and a big
    portion of people will omit your magnificent writing because of this problem.

  7. Remarkable ideas. Investigation has proven that it is productive
    in direction of appetite suppression excess fat using up and increased electricity metabolism.
    Saffron Extract can be loaded with vital vitamins, fibers, minerals and different healthy
    vitamins the body requires. Presently the question will be what just are usually
    the advantages to deciding on and using Garcinina? Let’s take a closer seem at Saffron Extract success stories

  8. Someone essentially help to make significantly articles
    I’d state. This is the very first time I frequented your
    web page and so far? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this actual post extraordinary.
    Excellent activity!

  9. I want to to thank you for this great read!! I certainly loved every bit of it.
    I have got you saved as a favorite to check out
    new stuff you post…

  10. It is regarded as most fashionable mobile phone case that is favored by numerous.

    Whilst other consumers are apprehensive that the expression F-r-e-e is equivalent to the idea fraud.
    Want a customized wallpaper on your home screen?

  11. Soap opera would be to girls as Action Television would be
    to guys. The right example wouldbe outsourcing the
    making-of an unique form of vehicle to an automobile company.
    The complete country laughed and cried with

  12. You will find stations for news, family entertainment,
    activities, and Infotainment. The exhibit pairs qualified expertise
    against beginners. Other styles may do it for others, but romantic movies really do it for me.

  13. The moment the overall game is ripped, you’ll be directed to
    remove the burned content. The activities with this specific rating
    are suitable for children age 3 years and below to

  14. This Really Is your daily life, and it’s ending about a minute at any given time.
    Liz breaks up with Shaun, when he resolves to put his life back
    on course and that is. The result is we leave the web
    site in frustration.

  15. Nicely right here are 5 of the most useful I’ve arrive across to
    day. That is the moment you will know that this app is for you.
    With a two mega pixel camera you can take good pictures with the gadget as well.

  16. It took lengthier for hackers to jailbreak the iphone five and iOS six.x than for any previous phone.
    It depends on you that how far you are prepared to go.
    The Contacts icon is a brown option on the second page.

  17. The casting crew will be helped by this to get
    in touch with you in the event of anything. MindBody Sequence offers you a true option to phamraceuticals.
    Bending the known physics laws is pardonable somewhat.

  18. Today, I figured I’d be coated and currently I’m flyin solo.
    You will appreciate this 1, if you like comedies. All taking place of course within the same renowned zipcode.

    PsP shows are entertaining and easy to download.

  19. While it appears odd to have a pc make your choice for you it could come
    in useful. Nevertheless the apple store does have some dreadful programs but that can’t hide the
    ingenious ones.

  20. Sunday’s games will be on ABC, so listen in beginning at 10 a.m.
    You simply have to find the correct shows.What are yours?

    MindBody Line gives you a true option to phamraceuticals.

  21. As a result, present people of the Apple iphone 3G want to more
    current Apple iphone four, and why not? You can find how to
    use ultrasn0w one.two.3 right here. Probabilities are that they will finish
    up being corrupted as well.

  22. Numerous people that wish to make exercise good turn to dancing.

    Most people are unaware of it & drift through life
    unaware of the self- harm. , and still not be guilty of overwork
    could just prove be the impossible feat.

    My blog post; venus factor.com

  23. Kirk, Spock and the other members of the initial Star Trek series.
    But do we really think they are able to keep it-up not only for Spiderman 3 but three more shows from then on?
    It’s one of many must see movies of 2010.

  24. This situation, my good friends, is what the producers of Apples brand new Apple iphone are relying on.

    It is advised to use great quality leather-based Iphone wallet instances to
    maintain your Apple iphone.

  25. Today attain Redsn0w typically 0.9.6 any release variety or release.
    Next, press the button labelled “put” to enter: http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com inside of the foundation section.

  26. You may also switch to various radio stations while driving or
    flying. The decision will undoubtedly be finally left up to the prosecution as
    how to charge you. You are in a position to travel round the city
    by car or base.

  27. Whatsapp is accessible on the Iphone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and a entire great deal of other
    cellular methods. Most of these apps are totally free with the exception of two…
    maybe 3.

  28. Undercover mode may be the story mode itself. History of the game revolves around a family
    located in Los Santos part of a city named San Andreas. This holds
    true using the town itself.

  29. Check out part one and part two for more hip apparel ideas for toddlers!
    Having something is read by a buddy or simply talk to you can
    help you keep your secrets safe. Cut her hair really short or preserve its long

  30. Există , totuși , un mijloc simplu de a rezolva această problemă, să învețe cum să DoItYourself .

    Cineva caută pe net pentru abordări ale pieței pentru gratuit

  31. The Defender sequence case in Black or Pink is available to fit your 1st Era Apple iphone perfectly.
    If youre Iphone-less, head to your local SF Apple Shop to get
    in on the motion.

  32. What’s up, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this article.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

    My site – ครีมรักษาสิว

  33. After the jailbreak and Cydia installed you require to
    install Veency iphone VNC Server. Step 12: On this page,
    select the boot logo you want to use. Apple has created numerous devices but iPad2 is the best one.

  34. It is also anticipated that the new device will be officially known as
    the ‘new Iphone’. Unfortunately, it is nonetheless unidentified that Z10 uses Gorilla Glass or not.

    Tango is 1 hell of an impressive app.

  35. Hi, i believe that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to go back the prefer?.I am
    trying to to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to make
    use of some of your concepts!!

  36. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where u got this from.
    thanks a lot

  37. Dacă credeți că sunteți trezit desimplu noțiunea de swinging , pur și
    simplu așteptați până când sari in . Văzut
    vreodată un om a obține o băutură aruncat în fața lui ?
    Dar eu încerc să-i ia ceva bun de tot ceea ce am citit .

  38. Cel mai frecvent greșeli de scriere este ” literotic ” , cu 939 de
    ortografie incorecte pe zi .
    Omul tău trebuie să fi căzut cap -over- tocuri în dragoste cu tine
    pentru că ești uimitoare , inteligent și independent .

  39. With private purchasing, you’ll discover which stores to see.
    The erogenous zones on women are sometimes a constant source of delight and pleasure.
    There’s nothing that is considered taboo or impossible for Gemini.

  40. Thanks designed for sharing such a good thinking,
    piece of writing is good, thats why i have read it entirely

  41. It’s difficult to find experienced people for this topic, but you sound like you know
    what you’re talking about! Thanks

  42. My brother suggested I might like this website.
    He was entirely right. This publish truly made my day. You can not believe simply
    how so much time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

  43. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It insulation contractors in ct fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to far added agreeable from you!
    However, how could we communicate?

  44. Remarkable ideas. Research has proven that it is reliable toward appetite suppression fats burning
    and increased vigor metabolism. forskolin weight loss studies can be loaded with critical vitamins, fibers, minerals and
    many other healthy nourishment the human body requires.
    Finally the question will be what precisely will be the positive aspects to
    deciding upon and implementing Garcinina? Let’s have a
    closer search at Forskolin success stories

  1. Pingback: ArcheAge RMT

  2. Pingback: AION ギーナ

  3. Pingback: FIFA 14 RMT

  4. Pingback: FIFA 14 RMT

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Scroll To Top