We created the ultimate Naples Pizza Guide after a month of eating the best 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 Italian pizza like a pro. You’ll then be ready to take your own Naples pizza tour!
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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 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 at pizzerias in Naples Italy.
That’s why we returned and spent a month living like locals in Naples and eating pizza Napoli style almost every single day. We figured the best way to truly understand pizza from Naples Italy was to immerse ourselves in its homeland for an extended time.
We feared that we might get tired of Naples pizza, but that never happened. The more authentic Neapolitan 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 food tour. To us, this was the ultimate Italy food travel experience.
Table of Contents
- Naples Italy Pizza History
- Naples Pizza Video
- Naples Pizza Guide
- The Best Pizza Shops in Naples – You Can’t Miss these Shops
- Good Pizza Shops in Naples – Not the Best but Still Worth a Visit
- Neighborhood Pizza Shops
- Further Afield – Pepe in Grani
- Things to Do in Naples
- Research Naples Hotels
- Pin It for Later
Naples Italy Pizza History
After a few centuries, it’s fair to say that pizza is no passing fad in Naples.
Starting with 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 our YouTube video to see us eat some of the best pizza in Naples and therefore the world. As a bonus, we demonstrate the proper way to mangia (eat in Italian) Napolitana pizza.
If you’re wondering if Italians eat pizza with their hands and are curious exactly how to eat pizza in Italy, then this is the video for you!
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 Napoli guide for all of our pizza-loving friends. Eat at these pizzerias if you want the best pizza in Napoli Italy.
We’ve subclassified the pizzerias into categories from the can’t miss shops 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 during your Naples pizza tour. Warning – you will love the pizza at these four Napoli 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. We were unwilling to wait over an hour to eat at the famous Naples pizzeria and doubted it was really that good.
We could not have been more wrong.
Fast forward to our recent visit when we were lucky to live 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 long 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? The Naples pizza menu at Da Michele only has 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, pillow-like dough that supports the kind of zesty tomato sauce that you can only eat in Naples.
Did we mention that Da Michele only charged us €4 for each pie? In our opinion, the combination of price and quality makes Da Michele a necessary stop for food travelers looking for cheap eats in Naples.
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.
Beyond Naples, Da Michele also has locations in London and Hollywood. We still recommend eating at the original location in Naples when you have the chance.
Arrive at Da Michele a few minutes before the Neapolitan pizzeria opens to avoid the hordes of hungry tourists who want to visit the spot where Julia Roberts famously scarfed down pizza in the 2010 film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Eat, Pray, Love.
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 its Neapolitan 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.
Sit on the outdoor terrace at 50 Kalo’s ritzy Chiaia location, just a short walk from the Bay of Naples, and enjoy a couple of pies along with some local beers or wine. You may have to wait for a table, but the wait is well worth it for the opportunity to eat some of the best pies in the world.
50 Kalo is located at Piazza Sannazaro, 201/B, 80122 Napoli, Italy.
Pizzaria La Notizia
Enzo Coccia’s Pizzaria La Notizia, located way up the hill just past Vomero, wowed us during our first visit to Naples. We’re happy to report that the pizza mecca has not 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. We recommend ordering a dreamy pocket of goodness filled with sausage and ricotta in addition to a pizza.
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 – Coccia was indeed 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.
Since it’s a long trek from the center of Naples, take a cab or public transit to Pizzaria La Notizia. Only crazy people like us would walk from Centro Storico.
Pizzaria La Notizia has two locations. We ate at the location at Via Michelangelo da Caravaggio, 53, 80126 Napoli, Italy.
Pizzeria da Attilio
Proving that a month was not quite enough time to fulfill our Naples pizza mission, we never made it to Pizzeria da Attilio. Featured on David Chang’s Ugly Delicious and open since 1938, this pizzeria serves typical Margherita pies as well as uniquely shaped eight-pronged star pizzas filled with ricotta cheese.
Although we have not yet personally eaten at Pizzeria da Attilio, its credentials warrant inclusion on this list. We’ll update this Naples pizza blog when we taste the pizza for ourselves, hopefully sooner than later.
Pizzeria Da Attilio is located at Via Pignasecca, 17, 80134 Napoli,, Italy.
Good Pizza Shops in Naples – Not the Best but Still Worth a Visit
Though not the best pizzerias in Naples Italy, each of these pizza shops is serving solid pizza that’s well worth eating during your Naples pizza tour.
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.
The multi-generation restaurant has been part of the city’s fabric since 1901. Made famous by the Vittorio De Sica film L’Oro di Napoli starring Sophia Loren, Starita has a full Napoli pizza menu featuring a variety of pies plus a range of classic Neapolitan starters.
During our meal, we shared two pies, including a Marinara pie topped with 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 a few calories.
Beyond Naples, Starita has locations in Milan, Turin and New York City.
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 when you consider its prime location, low prices and tasty pies.
We braved the crowds and waited in line to eat at Gino Sorbillo since it’s an integral part of the Naples pizza experience. During our meal, we ate two pies and especially enjoyed one topped with salty anchovies.
Gino Sorbillo crossed the pond and now has a New York City location. 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.
For a change of pace, trek over to Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre al Mare for a meal where you can sit outside and enjoy views of the beautiful Bay of Naples.
We couldn’t leave Naples without trying a 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 very last day in Naples.
What did we think of the pizza at one of the oldest pizzerias in Naples? Truth be told, Brandi didn’t make our favorite pies. Plus, they cost twice the price compared to Da Michele and Gino Sorbillo.
We only recommend a special trip to Pizzeria Brandi if you want 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 you weren’t born in Naples.
Pizzeria Brandi has both indoor and outdoor seating depending on your mood and the weather.
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 pizza fritta (fried pie) on the fly and ate it on the street. Next time, we plan to order off Dal Presidente’s full Neapolitan pizza menu and eat our meal at a table.
Pizzeria Dal Presidente is a necessary stop on any self-guided Naples street food tour along Via dei Tribunali.
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 local pizza shops near our Airbnb apartment. With so many neighborhood pizza shops in the city, we were never far away from pizza in Naples.
Always look at the pizza oven when you’re selecting a neighborhood pizza shop in Naples. If it’s a good oven, then the pizza will likely be good too.
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 has two well-appointed hotel rooms if you want to spend the night in Caiazzo before heading back to Naples.
Pepe in Grani is located at Vicolo S. Giovanni Battista, 3, 81013 Caiazzo CE, Italy.
Things to Do in Naples
Now that you know the best pizzerias in Naples Italy, here are some fun things you may want to check out between pizzas:
- See the best Naples attractions via a Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus.
- Visit Pompei with a Fast Track Entrance Ticket.
- Visit Herculaneum with a Priority Entrance Ticket.
- Swim and Explore on the Amalfi Coast.
- Descend into the Naples Underground.
- Live Large at the Royal Palace of Caserta.
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