Mill Valley man brings secrets of Neopolitan pizza to the Dance Palace

Jan 05, 2018 622

BY: Silas Valentino

Matteo Troncone’s life came undone over the course of a few weeks back in 2006. The Mill Valley actor was in the running for a part in “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” only to be cut at the last minute. Then he had a falling out with family, and was almost killed by a Muni bus on Haight Street. “The big kicker,” he said, “was when I got an email from my girlfriend saying she had a new lover.”

Distraught, Mr. Troncone began a course of self-reinvention. He purchased a 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia to live in (dubbed the “Brown Bison”) and flew to Italy after a friend hooked him up with a free plane ticket. (He’s 100 percent Italian; his mother’s side is from Venice and his father’s half is from Naples.) While wandering the streets of Naples in the spring of 2009, he was struck by the city’s take on a culinary classic. 

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