Taking A Trip To The Heart of Italy, Naples? Here’s An Essential Guide

Perched along the Bay of Naples, the city of Naples boasts stunning views of Mount Vesuvius and the Mediterranean Sea. It's a city where the past and present coexist harmoniously. Narrow cobblestone streets wind through ancient neighbourhoods, revealing hidden mediaeval churches, bustling markets and artisan workshops, but Naples also exudes a youthful energy, with a line-up of lively piazzas, trendy boutiques and a vibrant arts scene. But let’s be honest, if you’re planning a trip, what you really want to know is where and what to eat. So, let us take a (culinary) journey through the romantic city of Naples - 

What to Eat in Naples

Neapolitan Pizza

When in Naples, it is absolutely essential to savour an authentic Neapolitan pizza. Characterised by its thin, soft and slightly chewy crust, topped with simple yet exquisite ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil, Neapolitan pizza is a taste of pizza perfection.

Spaghetti Napoli

Spaghetti Napoli

Naples is renowned for its pasta dishes, and Spaghetti Napoli is a prime example. Al dente spaghetti tossed in a tomato sauce bursting with the flavours of fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil and a touch of olive oil—it's a celebration of simplicity. As opposed to other Spaghetti Arrabiata, the Spaghetti alla Napoletana is tossed in a lighter, less spicy sauce and makes for a sumptuous meal.

Lasagna Napoletana

Dive into layers of pasta, rich ragù, creamy alfredo and the goodness of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Lasagna Napoletana is a hearty and indulgent dish that showcases the mastery of Italian cheese. Made using semolina durum wheat and not with egg,unlike other iterations of this recipe, this dish is the best pick for all the vegetarians who enjoy the cuisine wholeheartedly.

Buffalo Mozzarella

Naples is famous for its delectable mozzarella, especially the creamy and fresh buffalo mozzarella. Enjoy it in Caprese salads, on pizza or simply with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of basil.

Where to Eat in Naples

L'antica Pizzeria da Michele

This historic pizzeria, founded in 1870, is where you can taste some of the world's best pizza. You must try the classic Margherita, as the recipe has been perfected over the years and yet has not lost its original taste from back in the day.

Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba

Dating back to 1830, this pizzeria claims to be the world's first one. Once you step into the cobblestone-floor cafe, you must give its authentic Margherita pizza and flavours of Amalfi pizza a try!

Trattoria Da Nennella

A family-owned gem serving traditional Neapolitan cuisine. Don't miss their delicious pasta dishes and seafood specialties like croquetas, Berenjenas fritas with honey,  Gambas al ajillo.

Osteria da Carmela

Nestled in the heart of Naples, Osteria da Carmela is a culinary gem that beckons with its authentic Neapolitan flavours and welcoming ambiance, and is also touted to be a charming spot for seafood lovers. While here, don’t forget to indulge in their heavenly Gnocchi alla Sorrentina.

While you’re in Naples…

Explore the Street Food Scene

Naples' streets are a treasure trove of street food delights. Seek out a local "friggitoria" (a street food vendor) and indulge in fritters like "pizza a portafoglio" (folded pizza), "panzerotti" (deep-fried calzones), and "sfogliatella riccia" (flaky pastry filled with sweet ricotta).

Embrace Sweet Temptations

End your meals on a sweet note with Neapolitan desserts. Don't miss the velvety "Tiramisu" or the indulgent "Baba au Rhum," a rum-soaked pastry. Pair them with an espresso to end your day on a dolce note.

Visit Vibrant Markets

Vibrant Markets in Naples

Naples is home to countless bustling markets like "Mercato di Porta Nolana" and "Mercato di Pignasecca." Explore them and find the freshest produce, seafood, cheeses and more. It's an absolute sensory overload of colours and flavours.

Sip Local Wines

Naples is surrounded by vineyards producing excellent wines. Pair your meals with regional wines like Aglianico, Greco di Tufo, or Lacryma Christi. The local wine complements the flavours of Naples beautifully.

As we've explored the culinary hotspots and delectable dishes, we've discovered that Naples is a city that knows how to celebrate life through food. It's a place where the simplest ingredients are transformed into masterpieces, where each meal feels like a celebration of flavours and culture. Naples is more than just a city; it's an experience for the senses. So get, set, explore this city and savour the world’s finest pizza on your next trip to this breathtaking city.

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