We were in Naples just long enough to discover the perfect Naples breakfast – coffee and sfogliatella.
Our time in Naples was too short.
So, instead of eating a last breakfast at our charming B&B, we walked into the heart of Naples in search of a light bite to fuel us for the drive to Matera. Before long, we stumbled upon Caffè Spaccanapoli where we ate the perfect Naples breakfast.
Caffè Spaccanapoli on Via Duomo is a typical Neapolitan morning spot – a combination bake shop and cafe featuring a range of classic Southern Italian pastries and cakes, not to mention a full bar. The house-made pasties include popular favorites like sfogliatelle and cornettos, and there are refrigerators filled with beautiful fruit tarts and cakes.
First things first, we ordered coffee. Coffee in Naples is traditionally served in a small cup and is quite strong. We had been drinking various versions of espresso since our arrival and were happily addicted to the potent potable. Since the coffee is so strong, people often add sugar. We don’t add sugar to our coffee, but we were tempted by the big bowl of red packets placed in front of us at the bar.
Tasting Tip: In Italy, it’s not cool to order a cappuccino in the afternoon or evening. If you want a cappuccino, then order it with your breakfast. Otherwise, it’s more appropriate to order a coffee or other beverage.
Pastries in Naples are dangerously good, especially the sfogliatelle which were created in Campania. The layered pastry sports a flaky crust on the outside with a semi-sweet rich, slightly tangy ricotta filling. We had eaten sfogliatelle before. They’re a ubiquitous items in many Italian American bakeries, but they are so much better in Naples. As a bonus, this perfectly constructed, golden brown sfogliatella was hot out of the oven and served on a pretty flowery plate.
We visited more famous cafes in Naples, but there was something special about little, unassuming Caffè Spaccanapoli. Open since 1920, almost a century ago, it was a perfect spot for us to share our last bites and sips in Naples.
Caffè Spaccanapoli is located at Via Duomo, 87, 80138, Napoli, Italy.