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How to Spend a Day Eating Traditional Naples Food (and Lots of Pizza!)

How to Spend a Day Eating Traditional Naples Food (and Lots of Pizza!)

I know many people skip over Naples in order to get to the Amalfi Coast, however, it’s a big mistake! Naples’s supplies culture is one of the most vibrant in all of Italy. It wasn’t that long ago that I used to be scared of going to Naples since you tend to hear a lot of stories well-nigh how rough it is there.

But without I went there with an Italian family and some friends I realized that Naples wasn’t a lion, it was a kitten. And most importantly, Naples supplies is something not to miss! It has a succulent supplies scene…it is the rookery of pizza without all.

Where do the locals eat in Naples, Italy you may ask? Tina from Our Edible Italy, not only teaches you how to melt Italian food, but she will moreover get you familiar with the Italian supplies culture. Her husband, Claudio, is from Naples, and who largest to find out well-nigh Italian cuisine, dishes, and where the locals eat in Naples than with a local?

A day of the weightier supplies in Naples, Italy

Tina, Claudio, and their son Leo took me to Naples to learn increasingly well-nigh the supplies scene in this popping and often overlooked city! I was specifically interested in the Naples pizza culture, but I learned that there is much increasingly supplies there that shouldn’t be overlooked! We walked and ate our way all over Naples!

Here’s how we approached our day of walking and eating pasta. This isn’t a supplies tour, instead, this is simply something you can do on your own. Or you can rent Our Edible Italy to put together a custom tour/walk for you.

Start with an espresso and pastry at a Naples bar

Since it’s a long day, why not start out by stopping at a Naples bar? Surpassing you get alarmed, in Italy, a bar is a bar with alcohol, but it is moreover a place where you stop for pastries and coffee. However, this is no Starbucks where you get big drinks, sit down, and stay forever working on your laptop.

In most Naples bars there isn’t plane a place to sit. Instead, there is a cashier where you tell them what you want, pay, and get a ticket. Then you take that ticket over to the little bar zone and requite it to a barista. The barista makes you an espresso and you stand at the bar and quickly drink it and go on your way!

I suggest you kick off your Naples supplies tour by getting a quick espresso and a little pastry to requite you a little energy.

Seafood at Porta Nolana Market

Since you just had your bar pastry, it’s time to go squint at some traditional Naples supplies markets. The Porta Nolana Market is a local pedestrian market located north of the port in the zone virtually Piazza Nolana. You’ll know you are there when you see the two old towers that used to baby-sit the port archway and are now enveloped with modern buildings.

You’ll moreover know you are there when you smell the fish and hear the fishmongers!

Take your time here and trammels out all of the seafood on offer. It’s impressive, as I think I was familiar with only well-nigh half of the offerings – the rest were all new to me! Napoletanas love their seafood dishes, so this is a unconfined place to come and get educated well-nigh it.

Cuoppo is a popular Napoli street supplies and side dish that often includes crispy deep-fried sardines and squid (calamari). To fully enjoy add just a soupcon of salt and maybe a squeeze of lemon.

Of course, there is moreover a healthy selection of fresh vegetables and fruits there too. Squint for the Vesuvio Piennolo – a small oval-shaped tomato with a unique point at the bottom. These tomatoes are hung in bunches and left to dry. They can be left hanging for several months surpassing they are eaten and are used in preservation for tomato sauce. They’re particularly unconfined with seafood and pasta dishes.

Naples street food

When in Naples, you could make a day full of eating street supplies part of the itinerary, but leave the nutrition at home. Street supplies in Naples is nothing less than a mind-blowing experience.


You’ll likely see Cuoppo in the hands of tourists and locals as they wander the streets of Naples. It’s served in a paper cone that makes it easy to grab and go. Cuoppo Napoletano, which is the traditional version you typically find in Naples, usually sees the cone stuffed with various fried items including potatoes, cheese, ham, arancini, and polenta. Increasingly recent variations include other fried foods, seafood, and vegetables.


Panuozzo is a sandwich that is much like a turnover or Jamaican patty made from pizza dough. Without sultry the small loaf is cut in half and filled with an eggplant, tomato sauce, and cheese combination — parmigiana di melanzane — with variegated unprepossessed cuts or cooked foods.


naples polpette food
Best supplies in Naples, Italy

You’ll find polpette scrutinizingly everywhere in Naples, from supplies stalls to formal restaurants. Polpette is a dish of Neapolitan meatballs that are cooked and smothered in savory tomato sauce. It’s weightier enjoyed as a protein-rich snack on a hot summer’s day.

Meatballs are not served with pasta in Naples. They’re increasingly often eaten with specie in the Italian scarpetta (dipping in sauce) or as a filling in a cuzzetiello (sandwich). If you want to wits this culinary treat like a local, try a ragù-topped version at a traditional trattoria.

Traditional pasta dishes

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e fagioli is one of the most popular pasta dishes to have originated in Naples. This pasta and stone stew is a hearty vegetarian-friendly delight, particularly when enriched with celery, carrots, tomatoes, and onions. Meat eaters can add pork rinds to this flavorful dish. I moreover recommend trying it with mussels.

Pasta al Ragù Napoletano

Pasta al Ragù Napoletano naples
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Pasta al Ragù Napoletano is flipside popular dish of pasta topped with a rich meat sauce. The ragù is a meat and tomato sauce that is prepared slowly over a low flame. The variety that you wontedly find in Naples is made with red wine instead of white wine as it is in other regions. Olive oil and basil are moreover added.

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

This archetype Neapolitan dish is made with spaghetti or vermicelli pasta with tomato sauce and olive oil, anchovies, capers fresh basil, and spices. Legend has it that spaghetti all puttanesca has promiscuous origins in the brothels of Naples. Regardless of its true backstory, this pasta dish has been a staple of the Naples supplies scene since the mid-20th century. In Naples, spaghetti all puttanesca is a menu highlight at traditional diners through to fine-dining establishments.

Spaghetti puttanesca naples food

Pasta Genovese

Pasta Genovese is a Neapolitan supplies staple with no definitive connection to the northern Italian city. Onions take a prominent role in this pasta’s meaty sauce without simmering for several hours. Once the onions melt, the result is a rustic, luxurious, sweet, saucy, meaty bomb.

Naples pizza is the pinnacle of Naples’s food

Margarita pizza is the traditional pizza style in Naples

It’s time to move on to the main show…authentic Neapolitan pizza. “Pizza culture is a sport,” Tina said to me as I marveled at how important pizza was to Naples. She plane told me that on Italian TV there is a pizza war reality show where contestants compete!

Even though I wrote a post well-nigh Naples pizza 6 years ago – I find that you can never do unbearable research when it comes to pizza in Naples! You’ll want to make sure you try out one of their famous pizzas when visiting this crazy city.

The rookery of pizza

Yes yes, I know pizza was ‘invented’ in Naples and was originally a supplies for the poor. Pizza is something you can find all over the world, but Naples is the place where it all began. It’s said to be the weightier place on the planet to dine on this archetype dish that was invented in the municipality when in the 1800s.

While pizza has taken on many modern forms virtually the world and plane in Naples, the traditional versions of pure Napoli pizza are still widely available. But, I wanted to understand why pizza in Naples is so outstanding.

We went to Claudio’s favorite pizza place in Naples – and arguably the weightier pizza in Naples – Gino e Toto Sorbillo. Yes – there are big lines and wait times here, however, if you come on a weekday right when they unshut at 12, you have a shot to get in quickly as we did!

World-famous pizza crust

A lot goes into making an pure Naples-style pizza. An pure Neapolitan pizza should be round, baked in a wood oven at 430 degrees, and have specific ingredients on it. To get that pure taste, you’ll want to pay tropical sustentation to the dough.

According to Tina and Claudio, it’s the husks that makes Naples pizza so good and world-famous. The husks on the outside has to be full of air, super light, crispy, with a little bit of char, and then on the inside it needs to be paper-thin.

I had never really seen a husks that was so soft and gooey in the middle, but that is the signature process – light, crispy outside, gooey inside. Think of that middle as the inside of a cinnamon roll which is moreover undoubtedly the weightier part of the roll.

A closeup of Naples pizza crust
It’s the crust!!

Buffalo Mozzarella

You can’t make pizza without cheese, and one of the most important cheeses is mozzarella. Campania is home to Buffalo Mozzarella DOP, one of the many regulated DOP and IGP products in Italy. Buffalo Mozzarella DOP is a creamy, somewhat milky cheese that tops many pizzas, but can moreover be eaten separately. There are plane small stalls that sell balls of mozzarella to go as a street-side snack.

buffalo mozzarella naples

Pizza Fritta

Claudio asked me if I had overly tried the fried pizza from Naples (also known as pizza fritta). I stared at him blankly as I had never heard of fried pizza surpassing this. Tina went on to explain that the fried pizza was just what it sounded like, a piece of pizza with a husks top on it and then put completely in a fryer.

Just when you think Naples pizza can’t get in better, they deep-fry it! I moreover recommend you try this at Gino e Toto Sorbillos. The husks of the pizza fritta was lightly fried and the cheese was gooey inside. It sort of tasted like a calzone…but much better!

pizza fritta on a plate - one of the weightier Naples foods I tried!

Many people describe it as both chewy and crispy. I describe it as simply delicious. In Naples, popular toppings for this street supplies include ricotta cheese, salami, woebegone pepper, provolone cheese, tomato, and basil.

Margherita Pizza

Of course, in wing to the pizza fritta, you can moreover have the regular pie. There are two types of traditional pizza in Naples – Margherita and Neapolitan. Depending on who you talk to you might take a nonflexible line on Naples pizza and only eat the traditional pizza Margherita, or if you are like Claudio, you get a pizza al’tonno – tuna pizza!

The Margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella (or mozzarella bufala DOP – protected designation of origin) is by far my favorite. It comes with a golf wittiness size of buffalo mozzarella that is heavenly; you can decide if you want to eat it first or save it until last!

How to eat pizza like a Neapolitan

And of course, when they bring you the pie, it’s just a big round pizza without any triangles cut. If you don’t know where to start, then your weightier bet is to ask a local how to eat pizza. I watched Claudio cut his Neapolitan pizza into a typical triangle piece, but then he did something different.

Because the middle husks is so soft and gooey, he rolled up the tip on his fork, pinched the end together, and then ate it with his hands! The gooey middle oozed out and mingled with the crispier part of the husks and it was delicious. And that is how you take the perfect bite!

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The ultimate Neopolitan dessert food: Sfogliatella

I know it’s nonflexible to believe that you could have room for increasingly supplies without all of that pizza, but make sure you save a little room for Naples’s famous sfogliatella! However, I suggest you take this time to walk virtually a bit first. Explore Naples’s points of interest for a while so that you can walk off a bit of that pizza!

Nearly all the bakeries virtually town will have sfogliatella. Sfogliatella ways “small, thin leaf/layer,” and once you know that, you’ll be worldly-wise to pick it out immediately from the bakery case! It’s sort of like a croissant with ridges – many ridges. Its soft-hued outside of crispy layers yields a soft inside filled with custard pastry surf or almond paste.

day-devouring sfogliatella, a traditional Naples dessert food

Talk to any local and they will say it’s weightier when eaten hot, so do your weightier to find a warm one!

Your day of traditional Neapolitan dishes is now complete! With this itinerary, I promise that you won’t be worldly-wise to eat flipside bite.

The weightier way to see and wits Naples is to go with a local – they love to show off their municipality and local supplies culture. Go slow, enjoy the gritty vibe of the city, and see it for the subconscious gem it is. And if you are lucky, you might plane get to take home some of that succulent Sorbillo’s pizza for a midnight snack!

Go local in Naples and try the weightier food!

Contact Tina at Our Edible Italy to learn increasingly well-nigh Neapolitan cuisine and culture. She arranges custom supplies culture tours in Campania!

Get immersed in the local cuisine, Italian living, and supplies culture on Tina’s 9-day Taste of Campania Supplies and Culture Tour. Wits a trappy farmhouse set in the Sorrento countryside and sublet (field) to table cooking, visits to local restaurants, farms, supplies producers, and artisans…. a true triumph of food, farms, and artisans all the while exploring Naples and the must-see attractions.

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