Dean Martin had it right when it came to ‘old Napoli’. In order to express my adoration for this vibrant gem of southern Italy I, alongside my trusty Erasmus companion Paola, have collated some data on a subject very close to my heart. Prepare yourselves for the pizza challenge, 2 days and 6 pizzerias, this blog post aims to provide a comprehensive list of some of the best pizzerias in Naples.
The best street to sample Naples’ finest pizza joints is Via dei Tribunali, and that is where we began.
1 – Name: Unfortunately I forgot to note down the name of this one, but after some google street view searching I think it’s ‘Buongusta’.
Taste: Good of course, a perfectly acceptable introduction to Neapolitan pizza though not the best we tasted.
Dough: Not bad, a bit heavy. Sauce: Good, the fresh tomatoes on Paola’s were particularly good.
Price: 3 euros 50
A note of advice at this point, despite the sheer exquisiteness of the pizza before you, do not feel obliged to eat the whole thing, in fact please don’t, there is a long way to go and the road is uphill, save yourself for doughy gold.
2 – Name: Pizzeria di Matteo.
Taste: Authentic and satisfying. I gather that di Matteo is noted as one of best pizzerias in the city, there is no indoor seating, a queue spills onto the street and customers take their margheritas away with them.
Sauce: Not terribly well spread and a little more bitter than some of the others, but still delicious.
Price: 1 euro for a cheeky (and enormous) slice.
3 – Name: Pizzeria dal Presidente
Taste: “Absolutely Banging”
Sauce: Delicious and quite sweet, reminded me of Heinz tinned spaghetti hoops (and not in a bad way).
4 – Name: Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo
Taste – Can only be described as the most delicious pizza that I have eaten in my entire life.
Dough: So thin, subtle and delicious and yet not at all soggy. Sauce: Sweet, full of flavour but not heavy, the mozzarella cheese was also particular tasty. Mozzarella can often be stringy and milky without much taste, depending on whether it is buffalo or not. This was perfection.
If I could recommend one pizzeria, in let’s say, THE WHOLE WORLD, it would be this one. The chief pizzaiolo was even on Master Chef.
There were two or three other pizzerias along the way as the photos will prove, the last one was even at the train station. However the ones listed above really make the cut, and to be honest after half a dozen pizzerias things start to get a little hazy. This challenge really made me appreciate the margherita pizza. Previously I thought of it as the pizza for people who are fussy eaters, it was the ‘boring one’. Now, when I think of ham and pineapple toppings, I shudder. Pizza lovers out there, we must teach the world of Dominoes eaters to appreciate the simplicity and perfection of a well made margherita.
Naples is fantastic city in its own right, full of culture and character, but if all you do is eat pizza you’ve still experienced a slice of authentic Neapolitan Italy.