Del Lusso Napoletana Pizzeria in Carlsbad takes its pizza very seriously. All of its pizza flour, tomatoes, olive oil, cured meats and cheeses are imported from Italy, and its pizza recipes were developed on-site by Naples-born consulting chef Gianni Gallucci of Chicago, who won first place in the Neapolitan division at the 2017 Caputo Cup Championship, one of the largest pizza competitions in the U.S.
So why is one of the most popular items on the 20-month-old restaurant’s menu a poutine appetizer?
That’s the creation of Walter Wong, the restaurant’s Canadian-born owner and convivial host. A child of Chinese immigrants, Wong is a self-trained chef who grew up in an ethnically mixed neighborhood of Montreal around Italians, Greeks, French and Arabs. From a young age he developed a passion for Mediterranean cuisine, and after a long career in the software and retail industries, the Carlsbad resident achieved his lifelong dream