What once started as serving pizza at major festivals such as Lowlands, North Sea Jazz and Pinkpop became a restaurant in the city center of Rotterdam. Old Scuola now also operates a second restaurant at Little C.
This new spot in the Western part of town, with a terrace and a fantastic view of the Coolhaven, is on the rise. Old Scuola focuses on lunch, drinks, and dinner. They offer homemade focaccia, delicious drinks like self-developed craft beers, natural wine, and of course new Neapolitan style pizza. The menu consists of seven wood oven-fired pizzas. They experiment with a lot of ingredients like cod, truffle, kimchi, or bottarga. Their famous classics have already been awarded the Gault Millau. The oven is on during lunch as Old Scuola will offer 5 homemade focaccia sandwiches.
Owner Daniel van der Stel: “Old Scuola is who we are, not what we do. This pizzeria/bakery cafe is a mix between what we show at festivals and between what we show at festivals and our first restaurant. Eclectic, international, and real.”
Craft beer by Old Scuola
Averse to the rigid contracts with large beer suppliers in the hospitality industry, Old Scuola developed its own beer together with Big Belly Brewing in Breda. The result is Senza Etichetta. There are three beers: #SE1 is a pilsener, #SE2 is a NEIPA and #SE3 it a white beer with Sorrento lemons. The wine list consists of purely natural wines from all over Europe. The lemonades are made by Roze Bunker and the coffee comes from Ripsnorter, the coffee brand from Harvest.
All photography: Lieke van der Wel