Naples is one of the only Italian cities that has been inhabited since the Neolithic period, the oldest traces of Greek settlements date back to the 2nd millennium BC.
In 1889 Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy visited Naples and that is when master pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito made a pizza resembling the Italian flag with tomato (red), cheese (white) and basil (green). Margherita of Savoy approved and that’s how the Margherita pizza was born.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Da Michele’s family-owned pizzeria has been in operation since 1870. It’s not unusual to see a crowd of people standing outside the door, waiting patiently for their number to be called. Once inside you will barely have time to sit before someone comes to take your order but with only two types of pizza on the menu, marinara and Margherita, it should be a quick decision and within minutes a piping hot pie will at the table.
With two locations, the second is in Salerno, Trianon offers a wide range of pizzas and makes one of the best Margheritas you’ll ever taste, you can choose to have it topped with cow’s milk or buffalo mozzarella. The staff are very friendly and they don’t mind posing for pictures but make sure to ask first.
Antica Pizzeria Del Borgo Orefici
If you’re in Naples to eat pizza, here is another to add to your list. Antica Pizzeria del Borgo Orefici may be small but their pizza is on point. It’s usually packed with locals so you it’s good.
Gran Caffe’ Ciorfito
Walking down the alleys we saw many cafe delivery people walking trays of coffee and pastries to nearby patrons. We decided to stop in at Gran Caffe’ Ciorfito for a macchiato and baba, a sponge cake soaked in simple syrup, rum or limoncello. While we were there someone asked for a caffè sospeso, we had heard that this was a tradition here. Caffè sospeso or pending coffee is when you pay for two coffees but only drink one. Later, someone inquiring if there was a caffè sospeso available would be served a coffee for free. It’s a tradition that started in working class caffès in Naples but has since spread around the world.
One place we had to search out was Pintauro, known for making some of the best sfogliatella in town. Sfogliatella are a type of pastry stuffed with sweetened ricotta. When you get to the counter you are asked, frolla o riccia, smooth or curly. Both are amazing with their creamy ricotta centres but with the riccia, the pastry is cut many times creating a puff pastry type mouth feel. Try both and decide for yourself which is the best.
We were in Naples for three days, had pizza every day but also saw some amazing art, street scenes and the view of Vesuvius from the port is breathtaking. Naples, whether you love it or hate it, it will definitely make a lasting impression.
Pizza is my favorite, that pizza is looking so delicious. I want to eat it….
I love pizza, and this was the best. I want to eat it every day. I never queue for food but for that pizza I’ll be wait.
A very good and informative article. Enjoyed going through it. Keep it up.
Well, if a pizza place in USA wants to appear authentic, they claim to have Naples style pizza and perhaps even a brick oven from Naples. Ain’t nuttin’ like the real thing, though. Right?
You got that right, here in Vancouver we have two certified Neapolitan pizzerias but still, it’s nothing like the real thing 🙂
Naples is on my list of places to visit. I think the sospeso is a great idea. So many cultural differences when traveling. I love it! I wish they made pizza here the way they make it in Italy.
We just make it at home now 🙂 As far as the sospeso goes, a friend of mine said she was at a drive-through donut shop and the person in the car in front of her had paid for her coffee so maybe we’ll get there.
I should never have read this at supper time! Ooooh…that pizza! Actually, I’d say Sfogliatella was invented just for me! 🙂 All so tempting!
I have not yet been to Naples, but I would love to go. Especially for the Sfogliatella! Thx for the tasty post.
It would be worth it!
How cool to have Margherita pizza where it all began! The pastries look totally tempting. Sfogliatella is a new one for me — I’ll pick the curly version. Hope to get to Naples next time I’m in Italy and follow in your footsteps.
It’s a great city, so much to see and so much history, it’s mind blowing.
As Italy is the mother of pizzas and pastries, so the Naples is must have the fine cuisines to cook or bake them and it looks very delicious in these photographs tanks for sharing them.
Your opening photo of the crowd outside of Pizzeria da Michele has me thinking I’ve been eating all the wrong pizzas over the years! And I loved learning about the caffe sospeso tradition. How nice to enjoy your cup of coffee and treat a stranger too!
Wow! lovely read. I am a big fan of pizza and specially the one you get in Italy. You clicks are amazing. Cheers!
Their dedication for maintaining the traditional authenticity of Neapolitan pizza is something to be respected and looked up upon. Also, eating those freshly made pizza at the beautiful city of Naples is one of the best experience that a pizza lover will have.
Thanks for sharing this… It’s very helpful and informative article.
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How interesting and informative!! Pizza and Italy go hand in hand; now I know where to find some of the best in Naples!!
wow! food is looking so delicious and yummy. Pizza is one of the best. I also want to eat it.
It seems tasty pastries and pizzas, and Naples looks a nice place to visit and a good place to have lots of fun.
All of our family likes pizza including me, as many people I believe best pizza must be found found in Italy, even the images makes me hungry..
Thanks for sharing a delicacies recipe..
What awesome photographs, I can feel water in my mouth after seeing them, thanks for this post.
I am a big fan of pizza, It looks awesome in your post. Thanks.
Wow!!! This is so nice food images .Its very taste food so very amazing photography. Thank you so much.
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As Italy is the motherland of pizza’s and pastries’s, it is our duty to taste them there and give our positive review if it is worth to given, Thanks for sharing this awesome post.
Pizza of naples italy is so famous and people stand in line to get for hours. I also want to eat it.
How many days would you recommend I spend in Naples? 🙂 With the objective of trying their best food!
I have heard from a friend, that you can not find Pizzas in the whole world, as tasty as in Italy.
Naples looks a nice place to visit and a good place to have lots of fun. It seems great pizza in your post.
Naples is must have the fine cuisines to cook or bake them and it looks very delicious and yummy in your post. Thanks.
This article has been added to our bucket list! Talking about pizza, were heading to Midici tonight in Sherman Oaks! Do you have any recommendations for pizza spots in Los Angeles? Thanks! Chris virofly.com
Funny how the title of your post reminded me of a Naples adventure’s title that I wrote about: https://bit.ly/1Kc7UyF
Naples had a specific warmth despite that fact that it felt dangerous. The home of pizza and… if someone doesn’t go beyond Naples to explore Capri, Procida, Positano… then they’re missing out on a lot.
And indeed – that simple, original Italian pizza does taste amazing.
Thanks for a quick history lesson about the origin of Margherita pizza. Great photos by the way, the pizzas are so delicious.
Interesting Blog! Good to find you people having fun. Thanks for sharing your memorable moments with us.
Wow ! It looks so tasty. I can not control myself.
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Naples is must have the fine cuisines to cook or bake them and it looks very delicious and yummy in your post. it looks very delicious in these photographs thanks for sharing them.
Pizza is one favorite dishes. The pictures are looking so beautiful and I know it will be tasty too. I will definitely visit Italy.