Welcome from Annamaria

Annamaria Forgione

Fire And Ice Pizzeria

It has always been my dream to own a chain of restaurants all around the world. A friend wrote “Pizza makes the world go round” and I believe this to be true.

I first arrived at Kathmandu in 1988 and immediately fell in love with Nepal. Six years later I found the inspiration to start my own business and Fire and Ice Pizzeria was opened to public in 1995.

In 2004 I received an invitation from the Italian general consul in Kolkata to attend the celebration of the Italian National Day and during the evening I was told that the only existing Italian restaurant at that time in the city was operating in a five star hotel. I jumped with joy at the thought of the challenge to start my own restaurant right there in Kolkata, but I had to go see for myself. The time I spent exploring the city lead me to discover Kolkata to be very similar to my home city of Naples and certain aspects of it took me back to childhood; particularly the spirit of the people, for Bengalis and the Neapolitans have so much in common. They are resourceful, passionate, and gregarious and share a love for food.

It was the realization that motivated me to test the Bengali’s palate with some of the authentic Italian cuisine. Then, only a later, in July 2005, did Fire and Ice Kolkata open its doors.

Today I would like to thank all my Patrons and Friends who have supported Fire and Ice, whether in Kolkata or in Kathmandu throughout these long years. For many, Fire and Ice has become their favorite restaurant and it’s the place where they like to spend some of their special evenings.