Monzù is the Neapolitan interpretation of the French word ‘Monsieur’. According to legend, servants found it hard to pronounce the French word so the modified ‘Monsieur’ became ‘Monzù’ and a whole new genre of cooking was born.
At the heart of Neapolitan cuisine is their long-held passion for pasta. Introduced during the reign of Frederick II of Swabia in the Middle Ages, pasta remains an essential element to every Neapolitan meal.
But it was not until the eighteenth century when King Ferdinand IV of Naples married Maria Carolina of Austria, who was the sister of Marie Antoinette of France, that the Monzù tradition began. Unimpressed by what she regarded as the lack of sophistication in the Spanish-influenced court, Maria Carolina brought chefs to Naples and began a food revolution that would forge the distinctive Neapolitan cuisine from its French and Spanish influences.
Monzù chefs today are experts in this unique style of cuisine.
At Monzù Restaurant, diners can enjoy this authentic style of Italian cooking under the expertise of Monzù Gaetano and Monzù Flavia.