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We created the ultimate Naples Pizza Guide after a month of eating pizza in Naples Italy, the home of Neapolitan pizza. Check out our favorite spots for Napoli pizza and then watch our video to learn how to eat the best pizza in the world.
Some people pass through Naples without truly experiencing Naples. Perhaps they’re in for the day during a Mediterranean cruise or maybe they’re freaked out by the grungy Piazza Garibaldi surroundings near Naples’ Central Train Station. Let’s face it – parts of Naples are dirty and chaotic. If you happen to base your opinions on first impressions, we implore you to go further and explore one of the great gems of European travel and of European food.
As for us, we fell in love with the city of Naples and authentic Neapolitan pizza during our first visit in 2014. We felt at home with the city’s charms from laundry hanging off balconies in narrow alleys to nonnas bickering in local food markets. But, most of all, we fell in love with the best Naples pizza. In the following years, we’ve eaten great pizzas in cities like Phoenix, Helsinki, Strasbourg and even New York City, but none were quite as good as the pizza we ate in Naples.
That’s why we just spent a month living like locals in Naples and eating pizza Napoli style almost every single day.
We thought that we might get tired of Naples pizza, but that never happened. The more pizza we ate, the more pizza we craved. From neighborhood joints to some of the world’s best pizzerias, we ate at them all. We even learned how to make Neapolitan style pizza during a fun Naples walking tour.
Naples Italy Pizza History
After a few centuries, it’s fair to say that pizza is no passing fad in Naples.
Starting with the flatbreads introduced by Greek conquerors millennia ago to the invention of Margherita pizza in 1889 for Queen Margherita, Naples has enjoyed a long love affair with its most famous food. Despite this storied history, or perhaps because of it, the pizzaiolos in Naples know how to make some mighty fine pizza. And they make a lot of it. Seriously, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of pizza shops in the city. The key is to find the city’s best pizzerias if you have limited time to eat pizza in Naples.
Naples Pizza Video
If you’re not convinced yet, then watch us eat some of the best pizza in Naples and therefore the world. As a bonus, we demonstrate the proper way to eat Napolitana pizza.
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Naples Pizza Guide
As self-proclaimed Naples pizza experts (with the pizza bellies to prove it), we’ve taken our on-the-ground and in-the-mouth research to create the ultimate Naples guide for all of our pizza-loving friends. Eat at these pizzerias if you want the best pizza in Napoli Italy. We’ve subclassified them into categories from the can’t miss places to some neighborhood joints that we enjoyed during our time in the world’s pizza capital. Depending on your time, you can eat at one or all of them.
The Best Pizza Shops in Naples – You Can’t Miss these Shops
If you’re wondering where to eat pizza in Naples – start here. This is the pizza that you can’t miss when you visit Naples. Warning – you will love the pizza at these three pizzerias so much that you will dream of them long after you leave Italy.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
After eating amazing pizzas in Naples during our initial visit, we avoided this 150-year-old stalwart at the edge of the Centro Historico as a tourist trap, as we were unwilling to wait over an hour to eat at the famous Naples pizzeria. We could not have been more wrong. Fast forward to our recent visit when we were lucky to live just a just a five-minute walk from Da Michele during our second Naples stay. Yes, Da Michele was our local Naples pizza joint, and we enjoyed lunch there at least 10 times during our one month stay in Napoli.
Eating a pizza at da Michele is like channeling pizza history. Think pizzas should be perfectly round? You won’t be disappointed with Da Michele’s round-ish pies. Want to order a pie with lots of toppings? Da Michele only serves two options – the classic Margherita with cheese, tomato sauce and a single basil leaf and the cheeseless Marinara topped with a traditional tomato sauce flavored with garlic and oregano. These pies are the closest connection to Mediterranean flatbreads like pita and laffa and have a heavenly, pillowlike dough that supports the kind of zesty tomato sauce that you can only eat in Naples.
Did we mention that Da Michele only charges €4 for a pie? If there’s a better bargain in Naples, we haven’t found it yet. Naples pizza prices are the best bargain in town, and they’re especially low at Da Michele. If this isn’t the best place to eat pizza in Naples, it’s certainly high on the list.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is located at Via Cesare Sersale, 1, 80139 Napoli, Italy.
In our educated opinion, two pizza restaurants define modern pizza in Naples – La Notizia (see below) and Ciro Salvo’s 50 Kalo. Sure, there are many great pizza shops in Naples, but 50 Kalo stands above the crowd by offering pies with impeccably sourced ingredients like local organic tomatoes, fior di latte from nearby Agerola and pork from Caserta. Salvo’s team executes the pies with world-class symphonic precision. The crusts are beautifully caramelized, just on the edge of black, with a supple texture.
When you eat at 50 Kalo, take note of the tiny dots of brown on the cheese (pictured above). Every pizza that emerges from the pizza oven has this distinct caramelized look. Trust us, it’s a beautiful thing.
50 Kalo is located at Piazza Sannazaro, 201/B, 80122 Napoli, Italy.
Pizzaria La Notizia
Enzo Cocia’s Pizzaria La Notizia, located way up the hill just past Vomero, wowed us during our first visit to Naples, and we’re happy to report that the pizza mecca hasn’t lost its luster.
Coccia actively ‘holds court’ among the guests who sit ‘cheek to jowl’ in La Notizia’s whimsically decorated dining room. The pizzas are amazing, featuring great Neapolitan pizza dough and some of the finest local ingredients from Campania like bright yellow piennolo tomatoes and strutto, a local lardo. The team at La Notizia also make showstopping calzones, dreamy pockets of goodness filled with sausage and ricotta.
Part of the fun of eating at La Notizia is sitting among the local, stylish (and sometimes besuited) bourgeoisie who happily devour Coccia’s tasty pies while enjoying generous pours of local wine. We wondered if we would still see Coccia working the room two years later. As it turns out, very little had changed – he was there, and the pizzas are just as delicious as we remembered. It was heartening to see this dynamic, energetic pizzaiolo still touching tables and wooing guests.
Pizzaria La Notizia has two locations. We ate at the location at Via Michelangelo da Caravaggio, 53, 80126 Napoli, Italy.
Good Pizza Shops in Naples – Not the Best but Still Worth a Visit
Though not the best pizzeria in Naples Italy, each of these pizza shops is serving solid pizza that is well worth eating.
We wandered by foot up a steep hill to the Materdei neighborhood for some solid pies at Starita, a pizzeria with an international reach that extends as far as New York City. We can’t say that their pizzas are the best in Napoli, but Starita is a wonderful place to check out if you’re in the neighborhood or if you want to round out your Naples pizza experience.
During our meal, we shared two pies, including a Marinara pie topped with some of the reddest Pomodoro tomatoes we’ve ever seen, plus some fried treats and craft beer. Needless to say, we walked back down the hill in an attempt to burn off some of the calories.
Starita is located at Via Materdei, 27/28, 80136 Napoli, Italy.
Follow the crowds on Via dei Tribunali to find Gino Sorbillo, arguably the most popular pizza joint in Naples. It should be no surprise that Gino Sorbillo’s self-named pizzeria is so crowded considering the prime location, low prices and tasty pies. During our meal, we especially enjoyed the pie with salty anchovies.
Word on the street is that Gino Sorbillo will soon be crossing the pond to New York City. Although there’s nothing like eating pizza in Naples, we’ll be happy to try Sorbillo’s New York pizza when we’re back in the states.
Gino Sorbillo is located at Via dei Tribunali, 32, 80138 Napoli, Italy.
Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre al Mare is located at Via Partenope, 1, 80121 Napoli, Italy.
We couldn’t leave Naples without trying the Margherita pizza at Pizzeria Brandi, the upscale pizzeria that invented the Margherita pizza recipe in the late 19th century. That’s how we ended up eating pies at Pizzeria Brandi on our last day in Naples. What did we think of the pizza? Truth be told, Brandi didn’t make our favorite pies, and they were twice the price compared to Da Michele and Gino Sorbillo.
We only recommend a special trip to Pizzeria Brandi if you need to make the pilgrimage as part of a large-scale Naples pizza tour or if you’re in the area and your ship is about to leave. That being said, the pizza at Pizzeria Brandi is likely better than any pizza you will eat in your hometown, assuming that you’re not from Naples.
Pizzeria Brandi is located at Salita Sant’Anna di Palazzo, 1/2, 80132 Napoli, Italy.
Pizzeria Dal Presidente
Hidden behind its colorful entrance with a tempting selection of fried treats, Dal Presidente has a dining room where customers can enjoy the pizzeria’s famous pizza. This is the same pizza that President Clinton ate when he visited Naples (although at a different location), hence the name of the pizzeria. We couldn’t resist trying pizza with such credentials, so we grabbed a fried pie on the fly and ate it on the street. Next time, we plan to eat our pizza at a table.
Pizzeria Dal Presidente is located at Via dei Tribunali, 120, 80138 Napoli, Italy.
Neighborhood Pizza Shops
Sometimes we wanted a pizza in Naples without the hoopla and wait that are typical at the popular pizzerias highlighted above. That’s when we went to one of the many neighborhood pizza shops near our Airbnb apartment. With so many neighborhood pizza shops in the city, we were never far away from pizza in Naples.
Neighborhood pizza shops are located all over Napoli. Just walk until you bump into one.
Further Afield – Pepe in Grani
As much as we adore the pizza in Naples, we actually ate our ultimate pizza meal at Pepe in Grani in nearby Caiazzo. Just 50 km from Naples and still in Campania, this pizza shop is making what very well be the best pizza in Italy if not the world. Was this meal worth renting a car and driving through the Italian countryside? Let’s put it this way – if you have the time and wherewithal to travel to Caiazzo, don’t hesitate. Go there now!!
Pepe in Grani is located at Vicolo S. Giovanni Battista, 3, 81013 Caiazzo CE, Italy.
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