10 Things to eat in Naples and where

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Joel Fulleda

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The cuisine of Naples has brought dishes and ingredients to the world that have contributed to building the identity of Italian cuisine. If pizza is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this city, it means that a trip to the restaurants and the streets of Naples is really necessary. In fact, in the Campania capital there are first and second courses, side dishes, especially fried, sweets and liqueurs that represent a truly unmissable journey for the palate. Here are the 10 things to eat absolutely if you are in Naples!


  1. Pizza
  2. Neapolitan ragout
  3. Pasta and potatoes
  4. Spaghetti with clams
  5. Mozzarella di Bufala
  6. Spaghetti alla puttanesca
  7. Cooked fries
  8. Pastiera
  9. Sfogliatella
  10. Babbà
  11. Where to eat in Naples: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Pizza

It seems that the true recipe of the Neapolitan pizza dates back to 1600. However, history teaches us that the birth of Pizza Margherita dates back to 1889, the year in which King Umberto I and Queen Margherita visited Naples. We know that the pizza maker Raffaele Esposito created three pizzas for the occasion, one of which, the one with basil, cheese and tomato (a tribute to the Italian flag), was much appreciated by the Queen, hence the origin of the name. It is difficult to enter any pizzeria in Naples and leave it unsatisfied, the pizza here is truly an institution.

Also do not forget to taste the tasty variant typical of Neapolitan street food, namely: the Fried pizza.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, salt, water, tomato sauce, mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, basil, oregano

2 - Neapolitan ragout

Ragù, known in Naples as "o rrau" is a dish that requires a lot of patience and skill. A good ragù must cook for at least six hours, slowly and at low heat, and the meat must be whole. If the cooking method is the same for everyone, the ingredients with which to stuff the meat vary according to family traditions, or to the neighborhood.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, pork ribs, belly fat, lard, red wine, smoked bacon, onions, tomato puree, salt, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil

3 - Pasta and potatoes

This dish has poor origins, dating back to the 1600s. Less affluent families share the pasta with potatoes and to enrich the dish they added what they could, such as pork fat, or fresh seasonal tomatoes.
The peculiarity of the dish lies in theadd the chopped parmesan zest, which partially dissolves in the paste gives a strong taste. Often the dish is also served with provolone.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: pasta, potatoes, carrots, celery, salt, tomato, parmesan, lard, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil

4 - Spaghetti with clams

Strong dish of tradition, which sees the sea come into play. The spaghetti, the type of pasta well known in Naples, come seasoned with clams or seafood, and in some variations, they are replaced with scialatielli, a type of fresh and long pasta.
The dish can be served either in white or with the addition of a little tomato sauce.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00.
  • Main ingredients: spaghetti (or scialatielli), clams, garlic, chopped parsley, salt, extra virgin olive oil

5 - Buffalo Mozzarella

Originally from the provinces of Caserta and Salerno, buffalo mozzarella is a dish that is now found everywhere. But take our word for it, you will never find a buffalo mozzarella as good as the one from Campania. With its unique creaminess, it exudes tradition and taste with every drop of milk ... a spectacle for the eyes and the palate. You can eat it "alone", in a sandwich, in pasta, caprese or even on pizza!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: buffalo mozzarella

6 - Spaghetti alla puttanesca

The puttanesca sauce cooked in Naples is based on tomato, black olives from Gaeta, garlic, capers and oregano.
The dish seems to have been born in Ischia, around the 50s, and then spread practically all over the world.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: spaghetti, fresh tomatoes, salted capers, black olives from Gaeta, chilli pepper, fresh parsley

7 - Cuoppo of fries

Neapolitan street food par excellence, the cuoppo is nothing but a foil cone-shaped, full of various types of frying. Mainly you can choose between two variants: the cuoppo di terra, with croquettes of potatoes (cazzilli), arancini, zeppole and battered vegetables, and the cuoppo di mare, with fried anchovies, fried cod, squid rings, crab claws, shrimp .

  • Recommended to: appetizer, snack
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: potato croquettes, grown pasta zeppole, zucchini, aubergines, anchovies, cod, squid, crab, prawns

8 - The Pastiera

Not only salty, Neapolitan cuisine is also rich in sweet delicacies. The first we want to recommend is the Pastiera, born as an Easter cake (originally prepared on Holy Thursday), today it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. As with all traditional dishes, it is rather complicated to trace the origin of the recipe: according to some the authorship belongs to the pastry chefs of Ferdinando di Borbone, according to others it would have been the nuns of the Neapolitan convent of San Gregorio Armeno who created the original cake.

In any case, know that during your stay in Naples you will not be able to escape from tasting this typical sweet made from shortcrust pastry with a filling of wheat, ricotta, sugar, eggs, and citrus aromas.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack, dessert at the end of a meal
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: shortcrust pastry with a filling of wheat, ricotta, sugar, eggs, and citrus flavors

9 - Sfogliatella

The recipe for the sfogliatella has origins dating back to 1600 and was born along the Amalfi coast, and was an invention of a nun in charge of the kitchen in the convent of Santa Rosa. In 1818, the Neapolitan pastry chef Pintauro came into possession of the recipe and modified it, giving life to the current sweet from Campania: the sfogliatella.

It can be curly or shortcrust, based on the crunchiness or softness of the dough and is filled with a semolina-based cream.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 1,30
  • Main ingredients: puff pastry, flour, lard, semolina, water, salt, ricotta, oranges, vanilla, sugar

10 - Babbà

Well, in this list of the specialties to eat absolutely in Naples, we have left room for an "intruder". Few know that the babbà, one of the most popular desserts of Neapolitan pastry, actually has French origins, and more precisely from Alsace-Lorraine. A little like the sfogliatella, even the Babbà has gradually transformed into a "stroll" dessert, that is, to be bought in one of the pastry shops in the center and enjoyed while strolling through the streets and squares.

It is a particularly dry and spongy baked cake with leavened dough (it is left to dry for a whole day) subsequently covered with rum. There are variants garnished with cream and strawberries or cream and sour cherries

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack, dessert at the end of a meal
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: eggs, Manitoba flour, sugar, yeast, rum

Where to eat in Naples: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

It goes without saying how necessary it is to go to Naples and eat pizza, the real one. But after this not just experience, you can dedicate yourself to the discovery of restaurants, trattorias, pastry shops, street food places, where you can get to know and appreciate all the flavors, sea and land, of this warm city at the foot of Vesuvius. Here's where to eat in Naples.

1 - Pizzeria da Michele

  • Description: historic pizzeria, founded in 1870, only two types of pizzas are served, the traditional ones: margherita and marinara
  • specialty: Pizza
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: via Cesare Sersale 1, tel: 0815539204 - Get directions

2 - Ancient Fried Pizza from Aunt Esterina Sorbillo

  • Description: famous pizzeria in the city famous for its fried pizza, especially the very light dough made with organic "0" and wholemeal flour
  • specialty: pulcinella hat (with fried beef meatballs)
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: piazza Trieste e Trento 53, tel: 39 081 19331280 - Get directions

3 - Brandi

  • Description: pizzeria that boasts the birth of the real Margherita pizza, as the plaque at the entrance says. It also offers seafood dishes
  • specialty: Pizza margherita
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: S. Anna di Palazzo 1/2 climb, tel: 081 416928 - Get directions

3 - Ancient Dairy

  • Description: small restaurant in the Chiaia district, which has remained unchanged since the 50s, with typical cuisine and a pinch of innovation
  • specialty: eggplant parmigiana, meatballs
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: vico II Alabardieri 30, tel: 081 012 8775 - Get directions

4 - Veritas

  • Description: refined restaurant located in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, where you can find the menu that varies according to the season
  • specialty: catch of the day
  • Average price: from € 60,00 per person
  • Address: corso Vittorio Emanuele 141, tel: 081660585 - Get directions

5 - Trattoria da Nennella

  • Description: restaurant located in the Spanish Quarters, here the cuisine offers simple traditional dishes at reasonable prices
  • specialty: pasta and potatoes with provolone
  • Average price: from € 12,00 per person
  • Address: vico Lungo Teatro Nuovo 103, tel: 081 414338 - Get directions

6 - Friggitoria Vomero

  • Description: located in the Vomero district, it is the ideal place to taste the typical fried cuoppo
  • specialty: cuoppo
  • Average price: from € 4,00 per person
  • Address: via Domenico Cimarosa 44 - Get directions

7 - Sfogliatelle Attanasio

  • Description: old bakery opened near the station since 1930, where you can find the traditional sfogliatelle
  • specialty: sfogliatelle
  • Average price: from € 1,30 per person
  • Address: vico Ferrovia 1, tel: 081285675 - Get directions

8 - Pastry Poppella

  • Description: sweets laboratory opened since 1920, where you can taste always new and traditional sweets
  • specialty: sfogliatelle, pastiera, zeppole di San Giuseppe
  • Average price: from € 1,50 per person
  • Address: via Arena della Sanità 29, tel: 081455309 - Get directions

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