Naples, Italy, is known for many things: for its beautiful panoramic views, chaotic energy, lively locals, and of course, its vibrant and enticing food scene. Some of the most beloved Italian foods hail from Naples, so you might feel overwhelmed while thinking about everything you need to sample while you’re here. This guide will help you make the most of your culinary experience in Naples with some of the best bites you’ll ever taste.
It goes without saying that while you’re here, having some local pizza is a must. The classic Neapolitan pizza with its famous crust and delicious mozzarella is hard to beat, as this treat has been made here since the early 19th century. Some recommended spots to grab local and authentic pizza include Pizzeria Micehele, which has been dubbed the “Temple of the Holy Pizza,” as well as Pizzeria Sorbillo, which has been open since 1935 and won the Best Neapolitan Pizza Award in 2016. Make sure you book your spots ahead of time! Another option is also Pizzeria Trianon.
There’s a weekly tradition in Naples to enjoy lunch with ragu on every Sunday. Traditionally, mothers and grandmothers would began cooking the sauce early in the morning and allow it to simmer all day. It is served on top of homemade pasta and of course finished with cheese. Once you’re finished with the pasta, you wipe up the remaining sauce with some bread, a practice that’s called scarpetta. You can sample this traditional meal at Tandem, and we highly recommend booking in advance.
Mozzarella Di Bufala
While you might think that you’ve had mozzarella before, forget about it if you haven’t had it in Naples yet. This is the homeland of Mozzarella di Bufala, and it is a DOP product here, which means that in order to be called Mozarella di Buffala, it must adhere to specific laws and specifications. You can buy some authentic Mozzarella di Buffala at Salumeria Rafele o’Lattaro which is found in Via dei Tribunali, which has been around since 1958. You can also try some at Antica Caseraria Fierro, which was opened in 1948.
Pizza Fritta Napoletana
Get ready for a mind blowing concept: deep fried pizza. While this sounds like a fantastical American idea, trust Neapolitans to do it right. Traditional pizza dough is stuffed with ricotta, fiordilatte cheese, pork rinds, and black pepper and then deep fried. Trust us, it’s absolutely delicious. You can find it all over being sold as street food, and best of all it is quite inexpensive.
When it comes to dessert, the south of Italy reigns supreme. One example of a mouthwatering sweet treat is sfogliatella, which has two varieties: frolla and riccia. The frolla kind is filled with ricotta, vanilla, cinnamon, and candied fruit and is crispy. The riccia type is a shortcrust variation with the same filling. Enjoy it with a strong cup of espresso at Sfogliatella Mary, Attanasio, and Pintauro.
Fiocco Di Neve
Another unique dessert you can find here is the fiocco di neve, which translates to snowflake. One of the best places to find these is Pasticceria Peppella, which has been around since 1920. This pastry consists of a soft and sweet dough filled with a light cream, and the whole thing is dusted with powdered sugar. It is purely divine.