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Naples Pizza Guide | The Best Pizza in Naples Italy

We created the ultimate Naples Pizza Guide after spending a month eating the best pizza in Naples Italy, the home of Neapolitan pizza, and then we returned for a week to eat even more. Check out our 11 favorite spots to eat authentic Napoli pizza and plan your own Naples pizza tour!

Pizza at Starita in Naples

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Modern Pizza in Naples
Neapolitan pizzaiolos create some of the best pizzas in the world. We ate this pie topped with Caserta Black Pork Salami and Squash Blossoms at 50 Kalò.

Some people pass through Naples without truly experiencing the rustic, provincial city. 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 with amazing food and great gelato.

Our love began for 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.

Da Michele Selfie 2020 in Naples Italy
Eating pizza is our favorite thing to do in Naples. We ate these ginormous pies at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele.

But, most of all, we fell in love with the best Naples pizza. In the following years, we ate great pizzas in cities like New York, Phoenix, and Lisbon, but none were quite as good as the Italian pizza we ate at pizzerias in Naples Italy.

That’s why we booked an Airbnb apartment in 2017 and spent a month living like locals 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 amount of time.

We feared that we might get bored with 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 it all and loved every bite.

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.

Pizza Oven in Naples Italy
We didn’t just eat Naples pizza, we made it too!

When we returned for a third round of Naples pizza in 2020, we re-visited our favorite pizzerias. Then we expanded our reach by eating at even more pizzerias.

We’re pleased to report that our favorite pizzerias have retained their greatness. We’re also pleased to report that two of the new entries in our Naples Pizza Guide rank among our favorite pizzas in Napoli.

In other words, the Naples pizza game is stronger than ever. The city’s competition is fierce due to a cadre of pizzaiolos who have refined their craft over many generations and have access to amazing ingredients.

Naples Italy Pizza History

Margherita Pizza at Pizzeria Tutino in Naples
Margherita pizza was invented in Naples back in 1889 and is still popular in the city today. We ate this version with mozzarella di bufala at Pizzeria Tutino.

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 alleged 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, pizzaiolos in Naples know how to make some mighty fine pizza. And they make a lot of it.

Pizzaiolo at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
We always peek into kitchens to see pizza ovens in Naples. At Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi great pies are always on the menu.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of pizza shops in the city. The key is to know the city’s best pizzerias if you have limited time to eat pizza in Naples.

Naples Pizza Video

If you’re not convinced, 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

Il Sole della Sanita Pizza Pizza at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi adorns its Il Sole della Sanita pizza with juicy piennolo tomatoes and locally sourced buffalo mozzarella.

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. You need to eat at these 11 pizzerias if you want to eat the best pizza in Napoli Italy.

For ease of use, we’ve sub-classified our guide into three main categories – the best pizzerias, solid pizzerias and historic pizzerias. Depending on your time in Italy’s pizza capital, you can eat at one or all of them. We also include a further afield pizzeria that obsessed pizza travelers will want to visit.

The Best Pizza in Naples

Margherita Pie at Pizzaria La Notizia in Naples
House wine and pizza are a winning combination at pizzerias like Pizzaria La Notizia.

If you’re wondering where to eat pizza in Naples – start here. These are the five pizzerias that you don’t want to miss during your self-guided Naples pizza tour.

Warning – you will love the pizza at these Napoli pizzerias so much that you will dream of them long after you leave Italy.

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Da Michele Dining Room in Naples Italy
There’s rarely an empty seat at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Go early to avoid a long wait.

After eating amazing pizzas in Naples during our initial visit, we avoided the 150-year-old pizza stalwart at the edge of the Centro Storico as a tourist trap. We were unwilling to wait over an hour to eat at the famous Naples pizzeria and doubted L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele was really that good.

We could not have been more wrong.

Margherita Pizza at Da Michele in Naples Italy
Mindi enjoys a Margherita pizza at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele with Julia Roberts in the background. Roberts starred in the 2010 Eat Pray Love movie which filmed pizza scenes in the classic Napoli Pizzeria.

Fast forward to our second Naples pizza tour of duty when we were lucky to live just a five-minute walk from L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele for four weeks. Yes, L’Antica Pizzeria 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.

But then we started hearing rumors that L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele had declined. A few people opined that the pizzas weren’t the same.

After returning to L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples in 2020, we’re loud and proud to keep this pizzeria at the top of our guide. The shop’s excellent pizzas remain unchanged. And despite a recent move into franchising, the pizzas are still made the same way we remember.

In fact, during our triumphant return visit, we encountered the same sage-like pizzaiolo working the restaurant’s wood fired red brick oven, carefully coaxing each pie into melty, lightly charred bliss. The only difference we noticed was a one euro price increase.

Pizza at Da Michele in Naples Italy
Who needs a round pie with tons of toppings when you can eat a classic Margherita pizza like this one at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele?

Think pizzas should be perfectly round? You won’t be disappointed with L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele’s round-ish pies.

Want to order a pie with lots of toppings? The Naples pizza menu at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele has two basic options – classic Margherita with cheese, tomato sauce and a single basil leaf or two and cheeseless Marinara topped with a traditional tomato sauce flavored with garlic and oregano.

These pies provide a connection to Mediterranean flatbreads like pita and laffa. They also have a heavenly, pillow-like dough that supports the kind of zesty tomato sauce that you can only eat in Naples.

Marinara Pizza at Da Michele in Naples Italy
Daryl enjoys a Marinara pizza at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Or is he eating both pies?

Did we mention that L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele currently charges €5 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 L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. If this isn’t the best place to eat pizza in Naples, it’s certainly high on the list. Whether or not it’s your favorite, this is the pizza to which you’ll want to compare all other pies.

Beyond Naples, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele also has gone global with locations in cities like Barcelona, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. We still recommend eating at the original location in Naples even if you live in one of these cities.

Pro Tip
Arrive at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele a few minutes before the Neapolitan pizzeria opens to avoid inevitable 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.

Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi

San Marzanno Pie at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi, in Naples’ Borgo dei Vergini neighborhood excels at the art of pizza making. This San Marzano pie, with a light pillowy dough and locally sourced ingredients, tasted as good as it looked.

Ironically, Naples’ most innovative pizzeria has been operating in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods since 1951. Decades later, fourth generation pizzaiolo Ciro Oliva runs Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi with a fresh attitude, an innovative rethinking of pizza and the best available ingredients.

It all began when Concettina Oliva started frying pies in the vibrant Borgo dei Vergini (part of Rione Sanità) neighborhood. Still known for its generously sized fried pizza, the younger generation now specializes in crafting a variety of pies in a wood-fired oven.

We loved Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi’s pizzas so much that we visited the pizzeria twice in two days.

Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples Italy
While colorful masks adorn this wall at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi, other walls are decorated with museum prints.

Despite its historic location next to a shrine, Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi’s dining room maintains a modern vibe with design elements like exposed brick, museum prints and colorful masks. An open kitchen near the entrance sets the tone since eating pizza is the primary reason that families and business colleagues fill the restaurant every day of the week except Sunday.

Ciro Oliva’s pizzas run the gamut from simple Margherita and Marinara pies to more complicated creations with intriguing toppings like smoked provolone, eggplant, clams and even dehydrated sea algae. Fried starters are equally satisfying and shouldn’t be skipped.

Fondazione San Gennaro Pizza at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
Named after Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi’s fourth generation pizzaiolo, the Ciro Oliva pie is a meal on a plate. Ingredients include bufala mozzerella ricotta, provolone and panchetta.

We started our first meal with two fried treats – a squash blossom oozing with hot ricotta and a classic frittatina loaded with spaghetti, tomato, peas, smoked provolone cheese and pepper. Both primed us for the main event – the pizza.

As we bit into a classic San Marzano topped with tangy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella di bufala, big green basil leaves and a spritz of EVOO, we declared the crust to be like a heavenly pillow. Our more unique ‘Ciro Oliva’ pie incorporated bits of lemon zest as a subtle counterbalance to rich bufala mozzerella ricotta, smoky provolone and fatty panchetta.

Fondazione San Gennarro Pizza at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
With its top layer of crumbled taralli and a meat-stuffed crust, Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi’s Fondazione San Gennaro pie is as unique as it is filling. While this isn’t our favorite pie in Naples, we appreciate the pizzeria’s bold creativity displayed in its execution.

After ordering two different pies (Il Sole Della Sanita and Fondazione San Gennnaro), we started our second visit with a Frittatina Genovese, the pizzeria’s crunchy pasta fritter filled with ziti and covered with outstanding Genovese sauce.

We tasted the classic Neapolitan stewed onion meat sauce at three different restaurants during our recent visit and Oliva’s version was the best. The pizzeria even serves a side of its delectable sauce in a tiny copper saucepan for extra dipping.

But what about the pizza? Though we adored the Il Sole Della Sanita pie, a colorfully yellow Margherita variation, the creative Fondazione San Gennaro proved to be a satisfying oddity. With a crust stuffed with Neapolitan salami and smoked provolone and a top layer of crumbled taralli, this white pizza provided a simultaneously crunchy and meaty experience with every bite.

Beyond pizza and fried snacks, Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi’s menu includes soup, salad and desserts as well as a curated selection of beer and wine. The pizzeria also offers a 12-course tasting experience for diners who make advance reservations and arrive with big budgets and even bigger appetites.

Pro Tip
Save room for dessert and stop by nearby Pasticceria Poppella for a fiocco di neve. Named after snowflakes, this cream-filled Neapolitan pastry not only gets our vote for the best pastry in Naples but for all of Europe.

Pizzeria Concettina Ai Tre Santi is located at Via Arena della Sanità, 7 Bis, 80137 Napoli, Italy.

Pizzeria da Attilio

Sol Nel Piatto Pizza on Sidewalk at Pizzeria Da Attilio in Naples
Pizzeria da Attilio’s star-shaped pizzas are as fun to eat as they are to photograph.

We knew we were in for serious pizza at Pizzeria da Attilio the moment we walked through the door. Just feet away from the entranceway, we were greeted by a large, wood burning oven where legendary pizzaiolo Attilio Bachetti was hard at work prepping vegetables and shaping the stuffed crust pies that make his pizzeria magical.

Pizzeria da Attilio is a must-visit for pizza fans who make the journey to the city where modern pizza was invented. The third generation pizzaiolo runs his family’s pizzeria in a cozy space just off Via Toledo and mere steps from the street’s cavalcade of caffes and gelaterias.

Featured on David Chang’s Ugly Delicious and open since 1938, this pizzeria serves typical Margherita pies as well as uniquely shaped eight-crimped star pizzas.

These star shaped pies are no gimmick. Attilio’s pies are the real deal with each fluffy prong stuffed with luscious ricotta cheese. You’ll want to eat every morsel of the crust. The rest of the pie is equally worth eating.

Pizzaiolo at Pizzeria Da Attilio in Naples
Attilio Bachetti hasn’t slowed down after achieving global pizza fame for his star-shaped pies. We encountered the acclaimed pizzaiola working next to his stone-covered pizza oven upon entering the pizzeria.

While the Pizza Carnevale with sausage and fior di latte is Attilio’s most famous star-shaped pie, the pizzeria offers additional star-shaped options including the Sale Nel Platto. We ordered this version topped with piennolo tomatoes, fior di latte and porcini mushrooms. We rarely skip porcini in Italy when they’re in season.

If you’re dining with a partner, we recommend ordering a standard pie in addition to a star-shaped pie for the full Pizzeria da Attilio experience. This approach will give you the chance to fully appreciate Bachetti’s expert pizza skills.

With more than two dozen pizza options, narrowing the choices can be a challenge but you can always order a Pizza Attilio with nine unique slices. We instead opted for a flavorful Campagnola pie with San Marzano tomatoes, anchovies, capers, olive, garlic and oregano.

Campagnola Pizza over Sidewalk at Pizzeria Da Attilio in Naples
Pizzeria da Attilio’s Campagnola pizza reminded of Napoli pizzas we’ve eaten around the world thanks to toppings like anchovies, capers and olives.

The team at Pizzeria da Attilio offers a comfortable dining experience in addition to serving excellent pies. Service is among the friendliest we’ve encountered in Naples and the bi-lingual menu with both Italian and English is easy to navigate.

If we had time for one more meal in Naples, we would have returned to Pizzeria da Attilio and tried more pies for ‘research’ purposes. Instead, this pizzeria is now at the top of our list for our next visit.

Pro Tip
Start your meal with rolled bacetti ‘kisses’ and potato croquettes filled with sausage, provolone cheese and friarielli.

Pizzeria da Attiilo is located at Via Pignasecca, 17, 80134 Napoli, Italy.

50 Kalò

50 Kalo Pie - Naples Pizza Guide
A simple pie at 50 Kalò isn’t so simple. The pizzeria sources top quality ingredients including the tomatoes piled on this pie.

Ciro Salvo has been a leading force in defining modern pizza in Naples since he opened 50 Kalò in 2014. Sure, there are many great pizza shops in Naples, but 50 Kalò stands above the crowd by serving pies with impeccably sourced ingredients like local organic tomatoes, fior di latte from nearby Agerola and pork from Caserta.

Although the name 50 Kalò sounds like an address, it’s actually a loose translation of ‘good dough.’ As a pizza master, Salvo takes pride in crafting his dough with a special flour blend and a slow fermentation process. As for us, we enjoy eating his dough once it’s transformed into pizza.

Frittatina at 50 Kalo in Naples
Be sure to order a Frittatina to start your meal at 50 Kalò. The pizzeria’s version of the popular street food includes bucatini and béchamel.

Situated in tony Mergellina, 50 Kalò is an hour walk or half hour train ride from Centro Storico. This location doesn’t deter pizza fans from crowding the pizzeria every day. The pizzeria has a second location but that one is further away in London.

Most regulars start their meals with frittatinas, typical fried pasta fritters in Naples. We ordered one too after seeing them fly by our table in rapid fashion. But without a doubt, pizza is the star at this acclaimed pizzeria.

White Pizza at 50 Kalo in Naples Italy
Who need tomatoes when toppings include artichokes and capocollo? Eating this pie in 2020 provided as much joy as the 50 Kalò pies we ate in 2014 and 2017.

Salvo’s team executes 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. Every pizza that emerges from the pizza oven has this distinct caramelized look. Trust us, it’s a beautiful thing.

Pro Tip
Sit on the 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 beer or wine. You may have to wait for an outdoor 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

Pizza Slice at Pizzaria La Notizia in Naples
If you want to eat pizza made by a world-famous pizzaiolo, then Pizzaria La Notizia is the pizzeria for you.

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 hasn’t lost its luster after more than six years .

Coccia actively ‘holds court’ among the guests who sit ‘cheek to jowl’ in Pizzaria 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 Pizzaria La Notizia also makes showstopping calzones. We recommend ordering a dreamy pocket of goodness filled with sausage and ricotta in addition to a pizza.

Calzone at Pizzaria La Notizia in Naples
Pizzaria La Notizia offers more than just pizza. The calzones are excellent too.

Part of the fun of eating at Pizzaria 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 when we returned two years later.

As it turns out, very little had changed – Coccia was indeed there, and the pizzas were just as delicious as we remembered. It was heartening to see this dynamic, energetic pizzaiolo still touching tables and wooing guests.

While we didn’t see Coccia during our third visit, we heard that he was down the hill at his other Naples pizza shop. While we missed seeing his friendly face, we enjoyed our pizza and calzone just as much as we did during our prior meals.

Pro Tip
Since it’s a long trek from the center of Naples, take a cab or public transit (metro and bus) to Pizzaria La Notizia. Only crazy people like us would walk from Centro Storico.

Pizzaria La Notizia has two pizzerias in Naples. We’ve eaten multiple times at the location at Via Michelangelo da Caravaggio, 53, 80126 Napoli, Italy.

Solid Naples Pizzerias

Pizza at Starita in Naples
Although the amount of pizza in Naples is astounding, you don’t want to waste a meal at a mediocre pizzeria. We ate this solid pie at Starita.

The line between the best pizzerias in Naples Italy and the next tier is fuzzy at best. Each of following pizza shops is serving solid pizza that’s well worth eating during your Naples pizza tour.

Starita

Starita Pizza in Naples Italy
Starita has locations in Naples and New York City. The Naples location tops its Marina pies with bright red tomatoes.

We wandered by foot up a steep hill to the Materdei neighborhood to eat pizza at Starita, a pizzeria with an international reach that extends as far as New York City. We can’t say that their pizzas are our favorites 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.

Pro Tip
Beyond Naples, Starita has locations in Milan, Turin and New York City.

Starita is located at Via Materdei, 27/28, 80136 Napoli, Italy.

Gino Sorbillo

Pizza at Sorbillo in Naples
Gino Sorbillo serves classic Naples pizza in the heart of the city’s Centro Storico neighborhood.

Follow the crowds on Via dei Tribunali to find Gino Sorbillo, arguably the most popular pizza joint in Naples. It’s no surprise that crowds fill the room when you consider the restaurant’s prime Centro Storico 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 the pie topped with tomato sauce and briny anchovies. We later ventured to Sorbillo’s seaside pizzeria for the opportunity to eat world-class pizza with a view.

Pizza Slice at Sorbillo Seaside in Naples
We ate this flavorful pie at Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre al Mare with a beautiful view of the Bay of Naples.

Gino Sorbillo crossed the pond and now has locations in New York City, Miami and Tokyo as well at Italian locations in Rome, Milan and Genoa. Although there’s nothing like eating pizza in Naples, we’ll be happy to try Sorbillo’s pizza when we’re back in the states or in Asia.

Pro Tip
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.

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.

Pizzeria Tutino

Pizzeria Tutino in Naples
Pizzeria Tutino is a great Naples pizza option near the city’s central Garibaldi train station.

Crowds of locals queue for Pizza Tutino’s signature fried pizza pockets called portafoglio, but don’t discount this pizzeria’s pies. Located just a few blocks from Piazza Garibaldi and the Napoli Centrale train station, Pizzeria Tutino has been baking pies in wood-fired ovens since 1935.

Pizza Pockets at Pizzeria Tutino in Naples
Although locals queue for Pizzeria Tutino’s fried pizza pockets, the pizzeria is a great spot for eating traditional pies away from the throng of tourists.

Guests who ascend the pizzeria’s stairwell are rewarded with a range of classic, creative and fried pies. We tried two different pizzas – a classic Bufalina pie topped with tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala and fresh basil and a fried Ripieno al Forno pie stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, prosciutto, salami, tomatoes and basil. After just a bite or two, we immediately remembered why Naples is our favorite pizza city.

Pizzeria Tutino may not be the best pizzeria in Naples but it’s a solid option if you’re looking for good pies at a good price near the train station. Sit down at a table with a view of the restaurant’s mural, order Italian beers and pick your pies. After you complete these three steps, you can enjoy your pizza in hectic Naples without feeling rushed or stressed.

Pro Tip
Wander around the Porta Nolana street market before or after you eat pizza at Pizzeria Tutino. This is a great spot to buy local food products and knock-off designer bags.

Pizzeria Tutino is located at Via Cesare Carmignano, 79, 80142 Napoli, Italy.

Historic Naples Pizzerias

Pizza at Pizzeria Brandi in Naples
Eating a Margherita pie in Naples is like channeling pizza history. We ate this ‘historic’ pie at Pizzeria Brandi.

Pizza pilgrims will want to explore all aspects of the pizza landscape when they visit Naples. If you fit into this category, don’t miss the following pizza legends:

Pizzeria Brandi

Pizzeria Brandi in Naples Italy
Pizzeria Brandi is famous for allegedly inventing Margherita Pizza in 1889.

We couldn’t end our month in Naples without trying a Margherita pizza at Pizzeria Brandi, the upscale pizzeria that ‘invented’ the Margherita pizza recipe in the late 19th century. (According to one historical account, pizzas with tomatoes, cheese and basil had been in existence since the late 1700s.) 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 doing 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’ll eat in your hometown, assuming you weren’t born in Naples.

Pro Tip
Choose an indoor or outdoor table depending on your mood and the weather.

Pizzeria Brandi is located at Salita Sant’Anna di Palazzo, 1/2, 80132 Napoli, Italy.

La Masardona

Nonna Pizza at Antica Friggitoria La Masardona in Naples
The fried pizza at La Masardona provides an authentic taste of Naples. We ate this battilocchio sized fried pie as part of our self-guided Naples pizza tour.

Fried pizza is an ideal way to combine two Naples specialties, pizza and fried snacks, in one fell swoop. And there’s no better place to accomplish this feat than La Masardona, the king of pizza fritta in Naples.

La Masardona has specialized in fried pizza since 1945. Named after matriarch Anna Manfredi who earned the nickname La Masardona while delivering a letter to a neighbor, this historic pizzeria delivers the goods when it comes to frying pizza and serving it on a plate.

Diavalo Fried Pizza at Antica Friggitoria La Masardona in Naples
Good things hide inside each pizza fritta at La Masardona.

Focusing exclusively on pizza fritta, Enzo Piccirillo stays true to his family’s pizza traditions at La Masardona. Sure, you can try this pizza variation at many of the pizzerias featured in this guide, but La Masardona is worth a visit for its history alone.

With more than a dozen choices and ingredients like fresh ricotta, sautéed escarole, salami and octopus, the only challenge is deciding what to order. And then there’s dessert…

Pro Tip
Order the smaller battilocchio size if you’re eating at La Masardona as part of a Naples pizza tour. The size will be big enough to satisfy you while small enough to justify ordering two.

La Masardona is located at Via Giulio Cesare Capaccio, 27, 80142 Napoli, Italy.

Pizzeria dal Presidente

Pizzeria Dal Presidente in Naples Italy
Pizzeria dal Presidente makes the pizza that President Bill Clinton famously ate when he visited Naples.

Hidden behind a colorful entrance with a tempting selection of fried treats, Pizzeria 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 and its historic claim to fame.

We couldn’t resist trying pizza with such credentials, so we grabbed a pizza fritta on the fly and ate it on the street. Next time, we plan to order from Pizzeria dal Presidente’s full Neapolitan pizza menu and eat our meal at a table.

Pro Tip
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

Pizza with Pasta in Naples Italy
You can combine your passions for pizza and pasta when you eat at neighborhood pizzerias in Naples.

Eating pizza for a month can get tiring. 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.

Pro Tip
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

Pepe in Grani Pizza
It’s not an understatement to describe the pizza at Pepe in Grani as life-changing.

As much as we adore the pizza in Naples, we actually ate our favorite pizza meal at Pepe in Grani in nearby Caiazzo. Just 50 km from Naples and still in Campania, this pizzeria 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!!

Pro Tip
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, Italy.

Things to Do in Naples

View of Mount Vesuvius in Naples Italy
Walking is a great thing to do in Naples. This activity burns calories while revealing views of the majestic Mount Vesuvius.

Now that you know the best pizzerias in Naples Italy, here are some fun things you may want to do between pizzas:

Plan Your Naples Stay

Graffiti Building in Naples Italy
While we don’t recommend staying in this particular building, we highly recommend that you stay overnight in Naples.

Now that we’ve convinced you to visit Naples and eat the best pizza in the world, it’s time to find a place to stay.

We stayed at Dante Boutique Rooms for four nights during our 2020 visit and highly recommend it for both comfort and convenience. However, be aware that this charming boutique hotel does not have an elevator.

We also stayed at the Ibis Styles Napoli Garibaldi for one night. However, we only recommend this barebones hotel if you are arriving late and don’t want to worry about the hotel reception being closed.

Dante Boutique Rooms in Naples
Having a great comfortable place to sleep is key in Naples. Our room at Dante Boutique Rooms fit the bill for both comfort and convenience.

Since we wanted access to a kitchen when we visited Naples in 2017, we opted to stay in an Airbnb apartment for a month. As a bonus, this type of stay enabled our Da Michelle addiction based on its proximity to the famous pizzeria.

Click here to research the best rates for hotels in Naples Italy. Or, if you prefer having access to a kitchen, click here to find an Airbnb apartment.

Once you book your Naples hotel or apartment, click here to arrange car service from the airport to your hotel. Other transit options include taking a bus or taxi.

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Check out the ins and outs of drinking Italian coffee at Naples cafes.

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Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Luis

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

Hey, thanks for the most excellent blog on pizza! Making me hungry:)

Simon

Saturday 7th of March 2020

I gotta say this as might be controversial I’m half Italian half English father from Naples I’ve been to Naples loads of times and going for a month soon I’ve eaten in Michele three times cheap but not great soggy almost falling as you eat it I was really disappointed!! I think the pizza place on the other side of the road called Trianon is actually the best I’ve ever had unfortunately the second time I went was not as good as the first also sorbillo the best for me I’m going to try the others on your list Kalo 50 I think u said sounds good. ????

Xavi

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Really cool post!

We are going to Naples next week and are planning on going to Pepe in Grani, La Notizia and Pizzeria da Attilio for sure. Between Gino Sorbillo and Da Michele, which one would you choose?

Thanks!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

We would choose da Michele for the excellence and simplicity of their pies. Sorbillo is good but we believe da Michele is better. If you go to da Michele, be sure to arrive early to beat the crowds.

Katie Tsouros

Tuesday 4th of September 2018

Loved this guide - thank you! I have spent hours researching pizza in Naples as I am taking my boyfriend on a pizza pilgrimage for his birthday. What areas would you recommend staying in in Naples?

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Tuesday 4th of September 2018

Hi Katie and thank you! Our best recommendation is to stay away from the Piazza Garibaldi area near the train station. We know a large number of travelers that arrive in Naples, see that area and walk away with a bad taste of the city. However there are lots of great areas to stay. We recommend the Centro Storico, the Spanish Quarter, Museo, Spacconapoli or Materdei areas. Vomero and Mergellina are nice but they're less central. One note: Our best recommendation is to take a taxi to Pizzaria La Notizia. Have a great time in Napoli. It's a wonderful city and one of the true treasures of Europe!!

Toti and Alessia

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

Guys, you are a star, we remember very well the day we met you through the streets of Naples. It was our first time to meet two bloggers. Your post about the pizza in Naples is true, all the places where you have been, respect the homemade tradition and are the best in the city. After a while, we decided to write something about our city as well, and we have started with a post about pizza. Give it a try!