10 Things to eat in Salerno and where

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Salerno is a city in Campania that is halfway between the Amalfi and Cilento coasts. IS a city with a long and rich culinary tradition, the perfect place to visit even at the table. It is about 50 km from Naples and, inevitably, it suffers its influences even if it manages to maintain its own food and wine identity. Furthermore, the city is fortunate to be the capital of a province of 4.918 sq km of surface which includes 236 km of splendid coasts, a territory as vast as it is heterogeneous.

In this large area mother nature has been quite generous, which is why the typical dishes of Salerno reflect the abundance and quality of the raw material. Stop in Campania and discover 10 specialties to eat in Salerno and where.


  1. Lemon delight
  2. "Zizzona" of Battipaglia
  3. Pizza "Carmine"
  4. Stuffed spleen
  5. Scazzetta
  6. "Santarosa" puff pastry
  7. Ciambotta
  8. Scialatielli pasta with sea food
  9. Limoncello
  10. Fried bread
  11. Where to eat in Salerno: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Lemon delight

The lemon and yellow color are dominant throughout the Amalfi Coast, the sour but delicious citrus is present throughout the territory and is undoubtedly one of the most characteristic products of the area.

The lemon delight is a dessert created in 1978 by the pastry chef Carmine Marzuillo from Sorrento, and comes with the typical shape of a dome, made with sponge cake and filled with a lemon cream. As decoration, wisps of whipped cream and grated lemon zest are added.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: sponge cake, cream, lemon cream, grated lemon

2 - "Zizzona" of Battipaglia

È one of the most famous and appreciated dairy products of Salerno and of the whole province. The "Zizzona" of Battipaglia, which became famous thanks to the film "Welcome to the South", is none other than a large buffalo mozzarella with a characteristic shape that resembles a prosperous breast.

Usually larger than the classic mozzarella, it comes with a very white color and with a juicy flavor, accompanies numerous dishes but can also be enjoyed alone.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: buffalo mozzarella

3 - Pizza "Carmine"

The pizza in Salerno is a little different from the typical Neapolitan one, it is indeed thin and with a high cornice. The pizza called "Carmine" is one of the most popular in the city, together with the typical Margherita.

It takes its name from Carmine Donadio, owner of the "Carminuccio" pizzeria located in the popular suburb of Mariconda, for many the best pizza in town. Its filling includes tomato, cheese, diced bacon and basil.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: water, flour, yeast, tomato, cheese, bacon, basil

4 - Padded spleen

It is a specialty that is prepared above all during the feast of San Matteo, the patron saint of the city, which takes place every year on 21 September. That of "Meveza" is the perfume that invades all the streets of Salerno, a typical dish that is prepared stuffing the spleen with garlic, chopped parsley and chilli. Cooking takes place with oil and vinegar, it is this step that makes this food so juicy and inviting.

È a street food, as it is served in simple sandwiches and, despite being a traditionally poor dish, it is now much appreciated and inevitable during the celebrations of the patron saint of the city.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: spleen, garlic, parsley, chilli, salt and lemon

5 - Scazzetta

Desserts in Campania are one very important part of the culinary tradition, in fact, another dessert appears in the list of typical Salerno dishes. The famous "scazzetta" is made by the "Pantalone" pastry shop, in the heart of the historic city center, and is a specialty as simple as it is delicious.

It is prepared with few ingredients, or sponge cake, cream, wild strawberries and red icing on the surface. It takes its name from the dialect term that indicates the headdress that the cardinals received from the pope during the investiture.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: sponge cake, cream, wild strawberries and sugar glaze

6 - "Santarosa" puff pastry

The sfogliatella certainly needs no introduction, being one of the best known and most loved Campania products not only in Italy, but in the world.

The origins of this dessert date back to 1700: the nuns of monastery of Santa Rosa in Conca dei Marini on the Amalfi Coast they were expert cooks, but they created the sfogliatella in a completely random way! During the day of making the bread, one of the nuns added dried fruit, limoncello and sugar to the semolina flour cooked in milk. Once cooked, the name "Santarosa" was added to the sfogliatella honor of the convent in which it was first created. In 1818 a cook discovered the recipe, reproduced it and finally the dessert achieved the deserved success. Over time, new ingredients have enriched the sfogliatella, such as ricotta, sour cherries in syrup or custard.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, lard, water, honey, semolina, ricotta, egg, candied fruit

7 - Ciambotta

È a side dish of summer vegetables widespread throughout southern Italy and for this there are many versions. Also called "cianfrotta" or "caponata", it is generally made up of potatoes, aubergines, tomatoes, peppers and chilli, onion and aromatic herbs to taste.

In the Salerno version, however, only peppers, potatoes and aubergines are used. During its preparation, care must be taken of fry the vegetables separately, then add them in a pan and sauté for a few minutes.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: seasonal vegetables, usually potatoes, aubergines and peppers

8 - Scialatielli with seafood

They are a first course of fresh pasta typical of the Amalfi Coast, based on fish. It is about a symbolic recipe of the Salerno summer, easy and fast, where the taste of homemade pasta perfectly matches the freshness and sweetness of seafood, that is mussels, clams, shrimps and squid.

Il pasta shape called "scialatielli" was born from the creativity of the chef Cosentino in 1978, which earned him the entremetier of the year award.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, water, egg, pecorino cheese, seafood

9 - Limoncello

Limoncello is a typical lemon-based liqueur of the Amalfi Coast. Sweet and fragrant, it is obtained from the extract of the peel of freshly picked lemons, in a phase of their maturation that foresees that the color is still quite green.

Its history is linked to several legends, Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri, for example, compete for his invention. The entrepreneur Massimo Canale was the first to register the "Limoncello" trademark in 1988. In Salerno and throughout Campania it is often handcrafted at home and offered as a gift during the holidays.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 10,00 per bottle
  • Main ingredients: lemon peel extract, alcohol

10 - Fried cuoppo

It is a typical Campania street food, the undisputed king of Salerno street food. The fried fish cuoppo is part of the ancient local culinary traditions: it is a more or less large frying cone that overflows with dishes.

Walking through the narrow streets of the center of Salerno it is impossible not to come across a fried cuoppo dealer, which is usually made up of anchovies, shrimps, squid and paranza, all breaded and fried. Younger people also love this street food, which is usually sold for a few euros.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: mixed fried fish

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

To decide where to eat well in Salerno there is only thespoiled for choice, the city is in fact full of restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias and street food retailers that populate not only the center but also the more peripheral areas. To eat well, in Salerno, you don't need a big budget: the local specialties are usually dishes of poor origin that have gained a great reputation over the years thanks to their excellent taste.

The Salerno people do not disdain a "wallet pizza" or other street food to be consumed while strolling along the Lungomare Trieste, maybe something cheap but tasty, like the widespread fried seafood cuoppo, also loved by the youngest.

1 - Cicirinella restaurant

  • Description: located behind the Duomo, specializing in fresh fish dishes and Salerno cuisine
  • specialty: mussels in white wine and lemon
  • Average price: from € 26,00 per person
  • Address: Via Antonio Genovesi, 28 - Get directions / tel: (+39) 089226561

2 - The Only Drink & Food Salerno

  • Description: Mediterranean and innovative cuisine with certified Campania products, fresh fish and seafood
  • specialty: spaghetti with shrimp pulp
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Vicolo S. Giorgio, 14 - Get directions / tel: (+39) 0892962671

3 - The Goiter

  • Description: a few meters from the center and the seafront of Salerno, genuine and innovative cuisine, the result of research and tradition
  • specialty: stuffed squid on a cream of broad beans
  • Average price: from € 40,00 per person
  • Address: Largo Conservatorio Vecchio, 5 - Get directions / tel: (+39) 0899958208

4 - Osteria Angolo Masuccio

  • Description: an institution in terms of fish cuisine, is located in the heart of the historic city center
  • specialty: sea bass with black salt on spinach with salad
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Via Masuccio Salernitano, 45 - Get directions / tel: (+39) 3336953085

5 - Pizzeria Aniello Mansi

  • Description: pizza that combines the Neapolitan tradition with the typical products of Cilento and attention to the innovation of flavors
  • specialty: pizza "The eighth wonder" made with Fior di latte Belfaito dei Monti Lattari, Mortadella IGP Bologna, burrata, pistachio pesto from Bronte, Frantoi Cilentani Serra Marina extra virgin olive oil, pistachio grains from Bronte and basil
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Via Gennaro Stanislao de Crescenzo, 2/4 - Get directions / tel: (+39) 089750802

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