If only we could order food from Naples everyday! That’s the first thought that hit us while leaving Naples. The food here is so delicious, we suggest you toss your itinerary and just walk around and eat in Naples.
Home to the world’s best coffee, pizza, pasta and cheese, all you need to pack up on your trip to Napoli is an empty and stretchy belly. Here is our list of the top 10 insanely delicious dishes to eat in Naples.
Did you know that Pizza was invented in Naples?
Back Story: Though flat breads long existed in Naples, when Queen Margherita visited in 1889, the occasion called for something special. The dough was topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato puree and basil. At this iconic moment in history, Pizza Margherita was born.
The Neapolitan Pizza’s are the no-frills kind with limited toppings. If your palette demands something more spicy, try the Pizza Diavola.
Where to try pizza in Naples: Channel your inner Julia Roberts at the world famous joint – La’ Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. Another pizza making royalty in Naples is Pizzeria Sorbillo Both these places are busy throughout the year. Take a token and be prepared for the long wait.
NEAPOLITAN FRIED FOOD
When there are deep fried delicacies in all sizes and shapes staring at you from restaurant windows, it is hard not to indulge in them.
Deep fried dishes to eat in Naples:
- Cuoppo- Fried seafood served in paper cones
- Arancini- Deep fried risotto balls
- Panino Napolitano- Puff pastry stuffed with egg, ham and cheese
Pastas are a definite must eat in Naples. Be warned, your typical pastas like Spaghetti Bolognese or Polo Alfredo will not be on the menu here. A coastal town, Naples is known for its seafood pasta’s like Spaghetti Alle Vongole, Risoto Alla Pescatora & Spaghetti E Alici. The ingredients are fresh and the pastas are full of flavor.
This flaky pastry, extra crispy on the outside but soft, gooey and citrusy on the inside is a must eat in Naples. There are two types of Sfogliatelle in Naples, the flaky one called Riccia and Frolla, which has a softer outer shell.
Where to try Sfogliatelle in Naples: Attanasio near the Central station in Piazza Garibaldi. A very popular place among locals and tourists, be prepared to wait.
The coffee served here needs special mention. Strong and thick, coffee is served in tiny cups along with a glass of water. The best way to enjoy this amazing coffee is to first sip the water and then the coffee to enjoy the flavor to its fullest.
This is how heaven might taste like! Made out of Buffalo milk, it literally melts in your mouth. Mozzarella is one of the most highly demanded products among people who visit Naples. It is so popular that you will find at least 2-3 shops at the Naples airport selling them in travel packs.
Baba is a unique shaped pastry that is soaked in rum to give it a sweet and moist texture. It is sold in full sizes as well as mini sizes, some are served with cream or filled with Nutella. Though not our absolute favorite, we preferred the plain one.
Where to try: Attanasio near the Central station in Piazza Garibaldi. A very popular place among locals and tourists, be prepared to wait.
PARMIGIANA DI MELANZANE
Traditionally eaten on Sundays, this dish is made with deep fried eggplants baked with Mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
Where to try: Enotrattoria Casetta Rossa
LIMONCELLO & LEMON CANDIES
A city like Naples, known for its food, sure needs to have signature digestive liquor as well. Served in chilled shot glasses, you are supposed to savor it in slow sips. Brewed with locally grown lemons and a lot of sugar, Limocello has about 32% alc. content. It will not only jump start your digestion but may also leave you drunk.
The lemon candies made from fresh lemons grown in Sorrento are divine and extremely addictive. You won’t be able to stop eating them unless your mouth starts hurting. This is a perfect gift to bring back home.
Where to Try: Limonè is the perfect place to taste a few and you can buy bottles if you plan to bring some back home.
LACRYMA CHRISTIE WINE
Most wines in this region are dry and it is quite hard to find sweet wine in Naples. This celebrated Neapolitan wine from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius in Campania, translates to ‘tears of Christ.’ Though not overly fruity, its flavor has notes of plums and prunes. This wine pairs well with Neapolitan pizzza.
Where to Try: Available at all restaurants in Naples. You can also book a wine tour at the vineyards on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to enjoy the local wines.