The True Neapolitan Pizza, where to eat the best?

We can’t mention Naples without thinking of its famous Pizza Napoletana! We take you on a journey to discover this cornerstone of Neapolitan cuisine through our selection of the best places in Naples! But before that, a bit of history about this dish that has become the most consumed in the world over the centuries! Pizza was born in the 16th century. Initially, the white pizza, known as “bianca,” was simply topped with lard or olive oil. Then over the years, the red pizza, known as “rossa,” made with tomatoes, came into existence. Tomatoes were until then considered an inedible fruit, intended for medicinal purposes.

The Neapolitan Pizza Marinara appeared in 1730. Made with tomatoes, garlic, oregano, basil, and olive oil, it was created for Neapolitan fishermen who needed a simple meal after their hard day’s work. The Pizza Margherita that we all know was invented by the pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito in 1889. It added all the colors of Italy! The white is represented by the mozzarella, the red by the tomato sauce, and the green by the basil. This pizza was created in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy during her visit to Naples. Since then, this pizza has become famous worldwide to the extent of being included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 2017. Here is our selection of the best places to enjoy the best pizza napoletana in Naples:

GINO SORBILLO, The best pizza in the world This pizzeria, in existence since 1935, is one of the most popular places in Naples. It is considered a true institution by both locals and visitors. The pizzas are baked in wood-fired ovens with a gluten-free dough that smells divine, not to mention its taste! Moreover, the price is affordable: 3 to 6 euros per pizza! L’ANTICA PIZZERIA DA MICHELE Don’t forget to stop by L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele! Made popular by the novel “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, you can choose between two traditional pizzas: the pizza Marinara or Margherita. Both are prepared with fresh ingredients and a delicious tomato sauce on a thin crust.

STARITA Off the beaten path and in a location where tourists never go, you’ll find Starita. It’s one of the best restaurants in Naples for enjoying a good pizza! Located near Materdei, this restaurant became famous thanks to the movie “The Gold of Naples” with Sofia Loren! This place also offers their greatest specialties like the pizza fritta, a fried calzone that you’ve probably never heard of! PIZZERIA DI MATTEO The historic Pizzeria Di Matteo, founded in 1936, is located in the heart of Naples. At Matteo’s, you can enjoy a traditional Neapolitan pizza baked in a wood-fired oven with a raised edge and a crust of just the right thickness, topped with tomatoes, oregano, garlic, mozzarella di bufala, fresh basil leaves, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. A true delight!

ENZO COCCIA AT LA NOTIZIA Here, the excellence of the pizzas is highlighted! The price is slightly higher (up to 8€) but your taste buds will thank you! The pizzas are garnished with quality ingredients: Cetara tuna, white figs from Cilento, or local production olive oil. A unique taste experience! DA DONATO This family-owned pizzeria, founded in 1956, is known for its welcoming and friendly atmosphere. In addition to the traditional pizzas on the menu, the chef prepares a surprise pizza every day! Give it a try! If you wish to bring your colleagues for a corporate retreat to Naples, we will be delighted to introduce you to one of these places. It is by savoring the True Pizza Napoletana in Naples that you will immerse yourself in Italian culture!

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