Wallet Pizza – A New Hotspot in Haarlem

Published on 25 July 2021

The name Wallet pizza caught my eye. So why not pay a visit to the shop, located in the city center?

The Italian owners, Ivan and Chiara, gave me a warm welcome. You could feel the passion and enthusiasm when they started to tell their story.

Wallet Pizza is introducing a new style of pizza to Haarlem.

How it all started

As a fourteen-year-old boy, Ivan, raised in southern Italy, started to work in a restaurant as a dishwasher in his spare time. After a while, he became a waiter. And later on, he became the chef, managing his team in the kitchen, the heart of the restaurant.

He truly loved his work in the restaurant. But it was time to fulfill school obligations. After high school, Ivan went to university in Genua to study natural sciences. That’s where he met his girlfriend Chiara.

Ivan found that cooking was his passion. He dropped out of university and started to work as a chef in Genovese restaurants.

in the summer of 2018, Ivan and Chiara, were ready for an adventure together. They drove to the Netherlands and started a new life in Alkmaar. After three weeks, they found themselves a home in Haarlem. Ivan started to work in different restaurants as a freelance chef.

When Covid-19 came he lost his job. However, to him, this was the beginning of his business. He was already selling pre-cooked pizzas when, on July 8th, 2021, his dream came true. Ivan and Chiara opened Wallet Pizza in the Zijlstraat.

 A new style of pizza

Pizza a Portafoglio Haarlem

Ivan likes to introduce people to Italian street food. The Pizza a Portafoglio also known as the Wallet Pizza is such an example. It’s a popular type of pizza in southern Italy. The Wallet Pizza is folded and portable, making it easy to eat while you are on the move.

As well as Wallet Pizza, you can order Pan Pizza, or slices of it, with all kinds of toppings. Furthermore, Ivan also offers Roman-style pizzas for thin-crust lovers.

He uses Italian ingredients only, such as olive oil from Puglia. And even the zucchini is imported from Italy.

You can tell that Ivan goes for high-quality and nothing more.

Has this story whetted your appetite? Visit Wallet Pizza, order online via the website, or order via the app.  Buon Appetito!



Wallet Pizza

Zijlstraat 35





On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.