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Carlo heads to his home country, the birthplace of his favorite food, in hopes of finally discovering the answer to his burning question, "Why Pizza?"

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- This is it. In essence, the journey begins here and ends here. Forget everything you've seen so far. Naples, the birthplace of pizza. If you can't find an answer here, we have to confront the possibility there might be no answer at all. - [Carlo Voice-Over] If there was an essential truth to be found about pizza's universal, almost mystical appeal, it would be found in Naples. But more than that, I was returning to Italy. The birthplace of both pizza and me, Carlo, to unlock the mystery of my own obsession. If I could truly understand pizza, maybe I could understand myself. Invented in the city, and legally protected by a designation of origin, you can only get real Neapolitan pizza here. And the streets are full of people from all over the world, hungry for it, looking for it. Heading from one bite to another. But to see a truly Neapolitan eat pizza is to understand joy. A cheap, honest food, created for the poor, but equally adored by the rich, it brings a smile to one's face, no matter their circumstance. These folks are enjoying traditional pies, folded for the street. But my first stop is another specialty of the city, fried pizza. Oh my God. The history of the fried pizza is particular because it's cheaper to fry the pizza than actually bake it in oven, because you don't need an oven, you just fry the dough inside the oil. And then this comes out, and you just put tomatoes and mozzarella and basil, that's it, that simple. And it tastes incredible. Can you find me some napkins, please? - [Carlo Voice-Over] There it was, my ultimate destination, Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba. Widely believed to be the oldest pizzeria in the world. Began as a stall for itinerant workers in the 1700s, it became a tavern in 1830. In this very spot, famed pizzaiolos have created pies in an oven lined with volcanic rock from Mount Vesuvius, for over 180 years. Wow, no, that's incredible. That's my pizza. Wow, oof. - [Carlo Voice-Over] It was indeed, the best pizza I'd ever eaten. The essence of simplicity. Just the best dough, the best sauce, the best cheese, cooked by one of the best pizzaiolos, in one of the world's oldest ovens. What else is there? But that was just the problem. What else was there? I had come to the end of my journey, and I was no closer to the truth. I wasn't enlightened, I was just a man who had eaten a lot of really good pizza. Suddenly, nothing made sense. What was I doing here? Why had I traveled halfway across the world for a pizza? I found myself wandering, with no clear destination. I just knew I had to keep going. Had to keep looking until something made sense. Soon, I found myself in a strange seaside town. Where was everybody? Empty streets, empty houses. Like the set of a film waiting for actors, I had come to a place with no people and no pizza. And I began to crack up. It was obvious, I was going through pizza withdrawal. Forget answers, if I didn't get a pie soon something much worse could happen. Cold, hungry and afraid, I wandered back into the strange town. Blow Up? Hello, old friend. I was saved. ♪ Take on me, take on me ♪ ♪ Take me home, take on me ♪ ♪ I'll be gone ♪ - [Carlo Voice-Over] Restored by the holy duo of pizza and music, I resolved to start my journey anew. The answers were out there, I just had to find them. Soon I came to a strange complex, populated entirely by buffaloes and dogs. Was I still hallucinating? Hi! - Hi. - How are you? Sorry, it's freezing outside. - How can I help you? - Walked by these beautiful buffaloes, what is this? What do you guys make here? - We makes cheese, we makes buffalo mozzarella cheese. Can I have your bag? - Yeah, thank you. - I'm sure you wanted to see insight, how we make the mozzarella cheese. - Yeah, I would love to see that. It looks incredible. - First, we need to change our clothes. - Yeah, I see that. - Getting this on-- - Yeah, let's do it. - For safety reasons. - Do I need one for my beard? - Now let me show you our gadit-- - OK, let's do it. - I will show you the process-- - Yes. - Before I feed you. - This is amazing. - [Carlo Voice-Over] Buffalo milk has twice the fat of cow's milk, and when it's turning to cheese, it creates a consistency between solid and liquid that almost defies physics. ♪ You bella come to me ♪ ♪ For my heart is longing for you ♪ ♪ Mia bella say you will ♪ ♪ For it's you that I adore ♪ - [Carlo Voice-Over] In mechanical production, the cheese is molded into what they call "the pearl of the table", but there is an older way. - And now, I have a surprise for you. I will show you how we used to make mozzarella cheese. - So no machines-- - By hand. - Oh my God. - By hand. And not everybody is allowed to do this job. - This milk, it's just straight from the buffalo that I saw before coming here. - Exactly. - Those buffaloes look so happy and beautiful. This is a process that's been happening for centuries. - They are making a braid. - Oh my God, this is incredible. - So now, they're making double braid, made by two lines of mozzarella. - How do you call it? Double...? - Double braid, treccia doppia. - Oh. - Look. - Oh my God. It's like holding the Holy Grail and a baby, combined together. - Hey you, this is not a baby, it's a mozzarella. - But it is. There's so much love here. I love you. - Yes, yes. - Go back to your world. I am so excited. The most beautiful food thing-- - Finally. - I've ever seen in my life. - This is your time. - This...incredible. - You can also bite it, yeah. OK, that's the way. That's the way, man. - This is the best mozzarella I've ever had in my life, I feel like I'm in heaven right now. It doesn't need anything. It feels like somebody put a little of extra-virgin olive oil and salt and... It doesn't have that but it's that tasty. Benero, I was cold, I was hungry, you fed me, you took me in, you showed me your beautiful craft. Now I feel, after I saw that, that I understand pizza more. I'm closer to pizza now. - That's nice, that's very nice for me. - And I'm not afraid, anymore, for my journey. - What's you next journey? - I'm gonna follow my luck, see what happens. I'm gonna head north. - So then, keep this. - Thank you. - Buona fortuna. - This will keep me alive. - It will give you good luck. - [Carlo Voice-Over] After a short time, I came to another factory. Seemingly abandoned. But what was being made inside? - Hi, I'm Carlo, nice to meet you. - Maximo, nice to meet you. - What do you guys make here? - We produce flour, you are in the Polselli flour plant. - OK, that's very good, because I'm on a journey to answer pizza. - Do you wanna have a tour? See what we do? Come. - [Carlo Voice-Over] In the laboratory, they test the purity and elasticity of the flour and dough. That is so cute, it's like a mini, tiny pizza. Whoa. - Don't worry. - [Carlo Voice-Over] They sat me down, and painstakingly explained all the science behind a properly made Neapolitan pizza. They even had their own pizzaiolo on hand to demonstrate. This is nice. We have a Margherita, we have fresh cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula, and then we have a dessert pizza, with Nutella, strawberries, on a turmeric dough. - Yes, correct. - Let's start from the beginning. - Yes. - Let me cut this. Cheers! - [All Together] Cheers! - Mm, I can't believe my luck. I've been very lucky in this journey, and you guys are part of this beautiful thing that's happening in these days. - You're welcome, Carlo. - Next, this looks like a summer edition of a pizza, right? There's a fresh tomato, fresh mozzarella. - Exactly. - Oh my goodness. - I love it. - This one has prosciutto from Parma. - Arugula and Parma ham, fantastic together. - I'm very excited, actually, to try this because I've never had turmeric dough. Oh my God, OK. - Now, taste-- - Whoa, whoa, whoa. Oh my God. I'm very confused right now, because this is... What's happening? - It's incredible. - It's an explosion of taste. - Wow. What a day. - What a wonderful treat. Thank you for your time, this is a gift. - Grazie, I'll do great things with this. I promise. - I'm sure. - [Carlos Voice-Over] Fortune was smiling upon me. I still didn't know where I was going, but I was starting to think that there were forces beyond nature, propelling me towards the answer to pizza. All I had to do was keep walking. - Good guy. - Let's work. ♪ Take on me, take on me ♪ ♪ Take me home, take me home ♪ ♪ I'll be gone ♪

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