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Naples Italy – The Best Pizza in the World

In Italy, Restaurants by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch46 Comments

We went to Naples Italy to eat the best pizza in the world. While there, we found the best pizza in Naples and therefore the world. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!

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Our first pizza in Naples - Note the vibrant, fresh ingredients. best pizza in the world. best pizza in naples italy

Our first pizza in Naples – Note the vibrant, fresh ingredients.

We had many reasons to visit Naples, a real Italian city that’s filled with graffiti and history. Naples has more than its share of art and culture.  The city also has an impressive assortment of beautiful churches on almost every block. And there’s the steaming Mount Vesuvius, majestically situated in the blue Bay of Naples.

Who are we kidding? We went to Naples for the pizza.

We can get excellent pizza without getting on an airplane. Of course there’s great Neapolitan pizza in New York at Motorino and Kesté. And it’s not just Manhattan. We did a pizza crawl in Staten Island, of all boroughs, a few years ago that blew our pizza-loving minds. More importantly (at least to us), there’s world-class pizza in our home city of Philadelphia, with the closest Neapolitan style pizzeria located just two short blocks from our house.

As the birthplace of pizza, Naples has more than its fair share of pizzerias. But, really, would the pizza be that much better than the pizza that we eat at home?

Naturally skeptical but culinarily curious, we were literally compelled to go to Naples in our quest for a taste of the perfect pie.

A Taste of the Perfect Pie. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

A Taste of the Perfect Pie

Upon our arrival in Naples and before we unpacked, we immediately enlisted the assistance of our gracious hotel host to help us plot out our pizza quest. We didn’t want to waste any time.

Ken, our gracious Naples host, helped us to map out our route based on the pizza research that we did in advance. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

Ken, our gracious Naples host, helped us to map out our route based on the pizza research that we did in advance.

Enough Already, How Was the Pizza???

We ate a lot pizza during our time in Naples, and we didn’t have one bad pie. Not one. It’s fair to say that the worst pizza in Naples is better than most pizza anywhere else in the world.

For us, though, two pizzerias stood head and shoulder above the others as the best pizza in Naples.

The Best Pizza in Naples

Without further adieu, we present the best pizza in the world. (Cue the drum roll…)

Pizzaria La Notizia

Pizzeria La Notizia - Bustling at 10:00 on a Tuesday Night. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

Pizzaria La Notizia – Bustling at 10:00 on a Tuesday Night

Not messing around, we ate our very first meal in Naples at Pizzaria La Notizia.

Even though we were jet lagged from the three flights that had transported us eight time zones and almost 6,000 miles that very day, we ignored the recommendation for “perfectly good” pizza right near our hotel. (Sorry Ken!)

Instead, we journeyed to the pizzeria helmed by Enzo Coccia, a self-proclaimed pizzaiolo and world-renowned pizza expert. This journey involved a walk plus subway and bus rides to the Vomero neighborhood. We arrived at Pizzaria La Notizia, tired and hungry, to a 30 minute wait. We looked at each other and wondered if our trip had been worth the extra effort.

We peaked through the window and saw a room full of casual yet stylish locals happily eating and drinking. As we waited on the sidewalk with a small crowd of romantic couples and cheerful families, the initial signs were certainly favorable.

It was when we went inside, though, that we knew that we were in the right place.

Was it the tantalizing aroma of pizza wafting in the air? Was it the genuinely warm greeting that we received from Enzo himself and every member of his staff?

Warm and welcoming Pizzaria La Notizia pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia poses with Daryl during an impromptu tour of the pizzeria located in Naples' Vomero neighborhood. best pizza in naples italy

Warm and welcoming Pizzaria La Notizia pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia poses with Daryl during an impromptu tour of the pizzeria located in Naples’ Vomero neighborhood.

Was it the tour of the tiny kitchen with the domed brick oven before we were seated in a prime location right next to the kitchen?

Domed Pizza Oven at Pizzaria La Notizia - Where the Magic Happens. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

Domed Pizza Oven at Pizzeria La Notizia – Where the Magic Happens

Or was it the generous pour of local wine?

You can't go wrong with house wine in Naples. This red was an ideal pairing for our pizza. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

You can’t go wrong with house wine in Naples. This red was an ideal pairing for our pizza.

No. It came down to one thing and one thing only. And that was the pure and total bliss that we experienced when we bit into food made by a true pizza master.

Mindi Experiencing Bliss at Pizzaria La Notizia. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

Mindi Experiencing Bliss at Pizzaria La Notizia

We devoured a bruschetta, a pizza and a calzone. Each dish was artfully crafted utilizing the freshest available local ingredients which, thanks to its extraordinary volcanic terroir, gives Naples a home team advantage in the international food league. Only in Naples will you find basil the size of shiso leaves and sweet, bright red tomatoes that taste like they’ve been kissed by the sun. As good as the pizza was, the calzone was a revelation – a puffy torpedo of goodness featuring creamy buffalo ricotta covered with fatty strutto, a Neapolitan form of cured lard.

We expected a small appetizer when we ordered bruschetta. Instead, we got a pie topped with local ingredients like olive oil, red peppers, prosciutto and basil leaves. And, yes, the basil leaves really were that big. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

We expected a small appetizer when we ordered bruschetta as a starter. Instead, we got a large pie topped with fresh, local ingredients like olive oil, red peppers, prosciutto and basil leaves. And, yes, the basil leaves really were that big.

Our excitement built as we cut into our first pizza in Naples. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

Our excitement built as we cut into our first pizza in Naples.

The Calzone con Cigoli with Ricotta di Buffala and strutto at Pizzaria la Notizia.Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

The Calzone con Cigoli with Ricotta di Buffala and Strutto at Pizzaria la Notizia.

We ended the meal by chatting with Enzo. He doesn’t speak perfect English, and we barely speak any Italian. Somehow, though, we communicated with the language of pizza. As we left the restaurant and jumped into a taxi, we looked at each other and smiled. Yes, the trip to Pizzaria La Notizia had definitely been worth the journey.

Pizzaria La Notizia is located at Via Michelangelo da Caravaggio, 53-55, 80126 Napoli, Italy.

50 Kalò

Relatively new, 50 Kalò is located in an elegant building in the ritzy Mergellina neighborhood. There’s a large dining room with a pizza oven right smack in the middle of the room and also outdoor seating which is where we sat. Since we arrived for a late lunch, there was no wait for a table perfectly positioned for prime people watching.

50 Kalò - Naples Pizzeria Serving up World Class Pizza in a Trendy Setting. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

50 Kalò – Naples Pizzeria Serving up World Class Pizza in a Trendy Setting

We ordered wine, as one is pretty much required to do at every meal in Naples, and wondered how the pizza would taste. We weren’t too sure if perhaps the restaurant was too refined to serve up good pizza. Would this be yet another case of style over substance? Before too long, we had our pizza and our answer.

This pizza at 50 Kalò is topped with Caserta Black Pork Salami and Squash Blossoms Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

This pizza at 50 Kalò is topped with Caserta Black Pork Salami and Squash Blossoms.

The pizza at 50 Kalò is the real deal. The pies are made with purposefully sourced local ingredients like organic extra virgin olive oil from Don Alfonso 1890 as well as the best available cheese, tomatoes, meat and fish from local producers. But it’s what Ciro Salvo does with these ingredients that makes the pizza so special. His pillowy crust creates a perfect base for these wonderful ingredients. In other words, the pizza tastes good. Really good. Really, really good.

50 Kalò is located at Piazza Sannazaro, 201B, 80122 Napoli, Italy.

Tasting Tip

If you have limited time, skip the long wait (2+ hours!) at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and instead go for pizza at one of the many pizzerias on Via Dei Tribunali. We especially liked the pie with salty anchovies at Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo.

Although not a contender for the best pizza in the world, the pie at Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo is excellent by normal standards. Naples Best Pizza in the World. best pizza in naples italy

Although not a final contender for the best pizza in the world, the pie at Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo is excellent by normal pizza standards.

L’Antica Pizzeriada Michele is located at Via Cesare Sersale, 1/3, 80139 Napoli, Italy.

Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo is located at  Via dei Tribunali, 32, 80138 Napoli, Italy.

And the Best Pizza in Naples is…

Both Pizzaria La Notizia and 50 Kalò are serving up amazing pizzas. We can’t pick just one winner, and that’s okay. Trust us. Go to Naples soon, and go there hungry.


Comments

  1. This is amazing! During 2 weeks in Emilia Romagna we only had one pizza. It is just not a speciality up there like it is in the south. We have yet to go to Naples, but this is definitely making me want to go. My favorite thing in Rome is sitting outside at a cafe with a pizza and a bottle of wine (or, a liter of house), so this looks amazing to me!

  2. It is early morning as I read this post and if I could have one of those pizzas right now I would; they look delicious and your photos do them justice.
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  3. I love pizza. Every day could be pizza day.I live in NYC and we have a fair amount of good pizzerias, but if you’re saying that the worst pizza in Naples is better than most pizza anywhere else in the world, I def got to try those!
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      We know you’ll love Pizzaria La Notizia. Even though we drank wine, most people were drinking beer!

  4. I’m going to have to try those places out! I’ve never been to Naples but my first time I ever traveled was when I went to study in Florence and I remember this one amazing and tiny family run pizzeria simply called ‘la pizzeria’ right below my apartment and it still remains the best pizza I ever had!

  5. I recently had a discussion with a Italian friend who says that pizzas in Naples are the best. It’s tough for me to accept that though, as I’m from São Paulo and we think we have the best pizza there haha
    I promised her that’ll be visiting Naples soon to try pizza there and will definitely check these pizzerias (:
    Thanks!
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  6. I visited Italy about a decade ago, but have no memory of eating pizza there…what was wrong with me that I didn’t know to check it out? It would be my first stop if I went now! Looks delicious.
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      It sounds like you have a perfect reason to plan a return visit to Naples!

  7. Yum! Make me want to go back. I took a food tour with this place: foodtoursofnaples.com. So good! Mouthwatering pasta, fish, pizza.. and don’t get me started on the desserts.

  8. We absolutely loved the pizza and people in Naples! Those photos sure whet my appetite and make me want to go back for more.

  9. Love the post. I much prefer authentic Italian style pizza, the stuff we get at places like Dominos has too much of everything. Sometimes simplicity is best. I didn’t get to spend much time in Naples when I was there a few years ago, it was basically just off the cruise ship over to Pompeii and back again. Next time I’m in Italy Naples is on the list!

  10. Researching the best tasting pizzas – boy its a tough gig but someone has to do it. The pics are great – and all of a sudden I’m in the mood to go to Italy to discover this for myself. Actually, we were thinking about going to Italy next year- so this type of info is really handy.

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      We’re spending the entire month of January in Naples – stay tuned for lots more tips and delicious food photos.

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