Where can you be sure to taste the real Neapolitan pizza, the one that is different from all the others, with a puffed, honey-crusted and light crust, the classic Marinara and Margherita pizzas, or the famous deep-fried pizza?
The Municipality of Naples created a large pedestrian zone that starts at the Cathedral and ends at Porta Capuana passing along Via dei Tribunali. An area that can be enjoyed completely on foot and where many of the city’s pizzerias are located.
Here is our choice of 10 pizzerias to try in Naples, a guide that certainly does not presume to exhaust the wide selection of traditional and high-quality eateries found in the Neapolitan city.
1 – PIZZA GOURMET – Viale Michelangelo 77/81. Phone +39 081 229 2227.
Every day from 12.00 to 15.00 and 19.30 to 00.30.
For Giuseppe Vesi, pizza is a family tradition. Yet there are different ways to make pizza and he chooses something different. His pizzeria is in Vomero and is oriented toward a selection of high-quality select flours made from integrated and sustainable products, using only stone-ground Italian wheat as well as natural and organic yeasts. An innovative technique to enhance the natural quality, a return to the past, also confirmed by the use of zero-mile ingredients made from organic products. This pizza is unique, light, flavorful and baked in a sublime manner. Prized by Chef Alessandro Borghese on his television program on Sky Uno called 4 Ristoranti
2 – DA ATTILIO – Via Pignasecca, 17. Phone +39 081 552 0479.
Open from 12 to 15.30 and from 19 to 23.30. Closed on Sundays.
Attilio is a historical pizzeria in the center of Naples, in the Piazza Carità area, a district where the folklore of Naples lives. A characteristic eatery, a fragrant pizza, above all the classic pizza Margherita, or the Carnevale, a sun-shaped pizza stuffed with ricotta cheese, as well as the pizzas with sausage, fiordilatte cheese and tomato sauce, or provolone cheese and walnuts from Sorrento. Lastly, the Cannolo pizza, which recalls the Sicilian pastry, yet stuffed with ricotta cheese, sausage and mushrooms. For dessert, baked cassata.
3 – 50 KALÓ – Piazza Sannazzaro 201/B. Phone +39 081 1920 4667.
Every day from 12.30 to 16.00 and from 19.30 to 00.30.
Kalò means good dough. A good pizza is created here, just like Ciro Salvo’s pizza, which is the fruit of passion and testing. Above all, a careful selection of the right low-protein flours; so a lot of water, just enough to make the dough workable, and a long leavening time in order to obtain a soft dough that is very light and highly digestible.
4 – SORBILLO – Via dei Tribunali, 32. Phone +39 081 446 643.
Open from 12.30 to 15.30 and from 19.00 to 24.00. Closed on Sundays.
Descending from a family of historic pizza makers for generations, Gino Sorbillo skillfully combines tradition with innovation. His pizza is excellent, the pizzeria is always packed and there is an obligatory waiting time. The ingredients are chosen carefully and the dough is soft, with a leavening and cooking times followed to perfection.
5 – LIEVITO MADRE – Via Partenope, 1. Phone +39 081 1933 1280.
Every day from 12.30 to 15.30 and from 19.00 to 24.00.
A pizza with a panoramic view. Found on the promenade, this pizzeria offers a wide selection of pizzas with traditional and gluten-free flours all prepared with top-quality products, such as the famous Naples tomatoes, mixed buffalo fiordilatte cheese, Mastroianni extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil. The dough is light and the toppings are a triumph of flavors. The atmosphere is young and very welcoming. Excellent fried dishes as well as the desserts.
6 – PIZZERIA STARITA – Via Materdei 27/28. Phone +39 081 557 3682.
Every day from 12 to 15.30 and from 19 to 24. On Sundays open only for dinner.
Don Antonio Starita is a pizza master. The pizzeria is located in the historic center of the city. Excellent pizzas, with a different dough, soft and tasty, no charring, and cooked to the right point. A must is the Special pizza with ricotta and broccoli. To end the meal, fried pizza dough, called straccetti, with Nutella chocolate cream. Smaller portions compared to others.
7 – TRIANON – Via Pietro Colletta, 42/46. Phone +39 081 553 9426.
Every day from 11 to 15.30 and from 19 to 24.
The pizza paradise in Vomero. A soft pizza, with perfect leavening served in a simple yet welcoming environment. Historical tradition and enhancement of the values and flavors of the Neapolitan culinary culture. The fried dishes are truly excellent: crocchè (croquettes) and deep-fried pizza.
8 – ANTICA PIZZERIA DA MICHELE – Via Cesare Sersale 1/3. Phone +39 081 553 9204.
Every day from 11 to 23. Closed on Sundays.
The pizzeria is located between Corso Garibaldi and the beginning of the Forcella district and serves only two exceptional pizzas, the traditional ones: Margherita and Marinara. The pizzeria is furnished with shared wooden tables, very spartan. Very fast service and honest prices. The walls are covered with saying and proverbs in the Neapolitan dialect. The cinema world also loves this pizzeria: one of the latest films shot in the pizzeria was Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts. Queues and waiting lists at all hours.
9 – PELLONE – Via Nazionale, 93. Phone +39 081 553 8614.
Open from 7.30 to 24. Closed on Sundays.
Extra-large and good pizzas. Excellent Marinara and Margherita pizzas, just like the dough and the toppings. This is also the right place for excellent fried dishes. An absolute must is the deep-fried pizza, light and flavorful, not oily at all, not to mention the fried calzone with ricotta and cicoli (pressed fatty pork cakes), the stuffing with escarole and the famous pizza a libretto (folded pizza). The pizzeria is always packed, so expect to wait.
10 – DI MATTEO – Via dei Tribunali 94. Phone +39 081 455 262.
Every day from 9 to 24.
A cult pizzeria and Italian-style fish and chips eatery in Naples. Customers come here for a pizza after a walk in the center of the city, but above all for the excellent fried dishes. Their deep-fried pizza is incomparable. Pizza a portafoglio (small folded pizza), frittatine (small fritters), crocchè (croquettes) and arancini (fried rice balls) can also be eaten at the counter. An out-and-out traditional street food, whose fame is noted throughout the world.