Photo by Valerio Capello. 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 through 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
Photo by Angelica Bianco. It seems that the true Neapolitan pizza recipe 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 chef 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 don’t forget to taste the tasty variant typical of Neapolitan street food, that is: the Fried Pizza .

  • Recommended for : lunch, dinner
  • Average cost : €4.00
  • Main ingredients : flour, salt, water, tomato sauce, mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, basil, oregano

2 – Neapolitan
ragu Ragu, known in Naples as “o rrau” is a dish that requires a lot of patience and skill. A good ragu 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 the traditions of the family, or the neighborhood.

  • Recommended for : 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
Photo of angelica bianco. This dish has poor origins, dating back to 1600. Less wealthy families share 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 adding the parmesan peel cut into pieces , which partially dissolving in the dough gives a strong taste. Often the dish is also served with provolone.

  • Recommended for : 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 traditional dish, which sees the sea come into play. Spaghetti , the well-known type of pasta in Naples, is seasoned either with clams or with seafood , and in some variations, they are replaced with scialatielli, a type of fresh and long pasta.
The dish can be served either plain or with the addition of a little tomato sauce.

  • Recommended for : 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 can now be 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 eye and the palate. You can eat it “alone”, in a sandwich, in pasta, caprese or even on pizza!

  • Recommended for : lunch, dinner
  • Average cost : €7.00
  • Main ingredients : buffalo mozzarella

6 – Spaghetti alla puttanesca
The puttanesca sauce cooked in Naples and based on tomato, black olives from Gaeta, garlic, capers and oregano .
The dish seems to have been born in Ischia, around the 1950s, and then spread practically all over the world.

  • Recommended for : lunch, dinner
  • Average cost : €9.00
  • Main ingredients : spaghetti, fresh tomatoes, salted capers, black olives from Gaeta, chilli pepper, fresh parsley

7 – Cuoppo di fritture
Photo by angelica bianco. Neapolitan street food par excellence, the cuoppo is nothing more than a cone -shaped foil , full of various types of frying . Mainly you can choose between two variants: the cuoppo di terra, with crunchy potatoes (cazzilli), arancini, zeppole and battered vegetables, and the cuoppo di mare, with fried anchovies, fried cod, squid rings, crab claws, prawns .

  • Recommended for : appetizer, snack
  • Average cost : €4.00
  • Main Ingredients : Potato Croutons, Ground Pasta, Zucchini, Eggplant, Anchovies, Cod, Squid, Crab, Shrimp

8 – The Pastiera
Not only salty, Neapolitan cuisine is also rich in sweet delicacies. The first that 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 paternity would belong 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 avoid tasting this typical pastry based on shortcrust pastry with a filling of wheat, ricotta, sugar, eggs, and citrus aromas.

  • Recommended for : 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 filled with a semolina-based cream .

  • Recommended for : breakfast, snack
  • Average cost : €1.30
  • Main ingredients : puff pastry, flour, lard, semolina, water, salt, ricotta, oranges, vanilla, sugar

10 – Babba
Photo by angelica bianco. Well, in this list of the specialties to eat absolutely in Naples, we have left room for an “intruder”. Few people know that the babba, one of the most loved sweets of Neapolitan pastry , actually has French origins, and more precisely from Alsace-Lorraine. A little like the sfogliatella, also the Babba 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 for : 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: cheap 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 : well-known pizzeria in the city famous for its fried pizza, particularly the very light dough made with organic “0” and wholemeal flour
  • Specialty : the 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 – Antica Pizzeria 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 trattoria in the Chiaia district, which has remained unchanged since the 1950s, with typical cuisine and a pinch of innovation
  • Specialties : 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 – Antica Osteria Pisano

  • Description : typical inn in the heart of Naples, in Forcella where you can breathe family air. Fried panzarotti and ricotta, roasted cod, eggplant parmesan, baba and panna cotta
  • Specialty : Fried panzarotti and ricotta
  • Average price : € 25.00 per person
  • Address : piazzetta Crocelle ai Mannesi, 1 / Tel. 0815548325 – Get directions

8 – A Taverna do Re

  • Description : tavern in the portico in front of the Maschio Angioino. Dairy products from Campania and fresh fish are just two of the specialties that can be tasted here.
  • Specialty : spaghetti alla cetarese with escarole cream
  • Average price : € 25.00 per person
  • Address : Fondo supportico di Separazione 2/3 (piazza Municipio) / Tel 0815522424 – Get directions

9 – Attanasio Sfogliatelle

  • Description : ancient oven 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

10 – Pastry Poppella

  • Description : sweets laboratory opened since 1920, where you can taste always new and traditional sweets
  • Specialties : sfogliatelle, pastiera, zeppole di San Giuseppe
  • Average price : from € 1.50 per person
  • Address : via Arena della Sanita 29, tel: 081455309 – Get directions
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