Pinsa Romana vs Traditional Pizza

Bringing Ancient Rome to San Diego

When it comes to pizza, most of us think of the classic Italian pie with a thin, crispy crust, topped with tomato sauce and cheese. But there’s another Italian creation that’s been making waves in the culinary world. It’s called Pinsa Romana. This unique pizza variation has a rich history dating back to ancient Rome and boasts a distinctive oval shape. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of Pinsa Romana and share what sets it apart from traditional pizza all while following the journey of Jeff Oliveri, the man behind Tavola Nostra’s Pinsa Romana sensation.

Meet The Founder of Tavola Nostra

Jeff Oliveri 

Our founder’s story is a blend of tradition and passion. Coming from a family deeply rooted in the restaurant business, Jeff’s early life was intertwined with the art of creating mouthwatering cuisine. His mom, dad, and brothers played a pivotal role in shaping the family’s recipes, and their influence is evident in the delectable offerings at Tavola Nostra, San Diego’s premiere Pinsa Romana destination.
However, Jeff didn’t just inherit his culinary skill. He combined it with over 25 years of corporate business experience in operational and executive management. His unique blend of expertise makes Tavola Nostra a standout pizzeria, and it’s Jeff’s dedication to authenticity that sets his Pinsa Romana apart from the rest.
But what exactly is Pinsa Romana? What makes it so special?

Pinsa Romana: The Ancient Recipe and Technique

Pinsa Romana is more than just a pizza. It’s a gastronomic experience. Jeff Oliveri’s version of Pinsa Romana stays true to its ancient origins with a few modern twists.

Three Flour Mixture

Unlike traditional pizza dough, Pinsa Romana features a unique blend of three flours: wheat, rice, and soy. These flours, imported from Italy, give the dough its distinctive flavor and texture.

Long Fermentation

The magic behind Pinsa Romana’s incredible crust lies in its preparation. With an impressive 48-96 hours of fermentation, the dough reaches its peak in flavor and texture. This slow fermentation process ensures a light, airy and easily digestible crust.


One standout feature of Pinsa Romana is its health-conscious approach. Jeff’s recipe doesn’t include any animal fats, and the ingredients are non-GMO. This makes it an excellent choice for vegans and those looking for a healthier pizza alternative.

The Oval Shape

Pinsa Romana is known for its distinctive oval shape. This unique shape sets it apart visually but also allows for the perfect balance of ingredients ensuring every bite is packed with flavor.


In the heart of San Diego, Jeff Oliveri, founder of Tavola Nostra brings you a taste of ancient Rome with its delectable Pinsa Romana. Combining tradition and passion Tavola Nostra offers a pizza experience like no other. If you are in San Diego and craving pizza, make sure to visit us at Tavola Nostra. A pizza experience you won’t want to miss.
Make a reservation today and call us at (619)310-5256 or reserve online here.
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Contact Info

Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina
1040 University Ave. B101
San Diego, CA 92103



Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 4pm-9pm
Thursday: 12pm-9pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-9pm