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50 Kalo Pizza in Naples Italy

Where to Eat the Best Pizza in Naples Italy – A Naples Pizza Guide

In Europe, Food Guides, Italy by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch39 Comments

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.

50 Kalo Pie - Naples Pizza Guide

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 returned and spent a month living like locals in Naples and eating pizza Napoli style almost every single day.

Pizza Oven in Naples Italy

We didn’t just eat Naples pizza, we made it too!

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 food tour. To us, this was the ultimate Italy food travel experience.

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Naples Italy Pizza History

Margherita Pizza in Naples Italy

Margherita pizza was invented in Naples back in 1889, and it’s still popular in the city today.

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

Da Michele Dining Room in Naples Italy

There’s rarely an empty seat at Da Michele. Go early to avoid a long wait.

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 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.

Margherita Pizza at Da Michele in Naples Italy

Mindi enjoys a Margherita pizza at Da Michele with Julia Roberts in the background. Roberts starred in the 2010 Eat Pray Love movie which filmed in the classic Napoli Pizzeria.

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.

Marinara Pizza at Da Michele in Naples Italy

Daryl enjoys a Marinara pizza at Da Michele. Or is he eating both pies?

Did we mention that Da Michele only charged us €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.

Pro Tip: Arrive at Da Michele soon after the Neapolitan pizzeria opens to avoid the hordes of hungry tourists who want to visit the spot where Julia Roberts 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.

 50 Kalo

50 Kalo Pizza in Naples Italy

Topped with local ingredients of the highest quality, the pies at 50 Kalo Naples Italy never disappoint.

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.

Pro Tip: Sit on the wonderful outdoor terrace at 50 Kalo’s ritzy Chiaia location, just a short walk from the Bay of Naples, and enjoy a couple 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 Cocia’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.

La Notizia Pizza in Naples Italy

If you want to eat pizza made by a true pizzaiolo, then La Notizia is the place for you.

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.

Pizzaria La Notizia Calzone in Naples Italy

Pizzaria La Notizia has more than just pizza. The calzones are excellent too.

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.

Pro Tip:  Since it’s a long trek from the center of Naples, take a cab or public transit to Pizzaria La Notizia. 

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.

Starita

Starita Pizza in Naples Italy

Starita has locations in Naples and New York City. We ate this bright red Marina pie at the Naples location.

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.

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

Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre al Mare Pizza in Naples Italy

We ate this flavorful pie at Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre al Mare, just a short walk from Gino Sorbillo’s flagship location.

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 a flavorful pie topped 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.

Pro Tip:  Trek over to Gino Sorbillo Lievito Madre al Mare for a meal where you can sit outside and enjoy views of the 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 Brandi

Pizzeria Brandi in Naples Italy

Pizzeria Brandi is famous for inventing Margherita Pizza in 1889.

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 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.

Pro Tip:  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

Pizzeria Dal Presidente in Naples Italy

Pizzeria Dal Presidente makes the pizza that President Bill Clinton famously ate in Naples.

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.

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 Topped with Sausage and French Fries in Naples Italy

We didn’t personally eat this pizza topped with sausage and french fries, but we couldn’t resist taking a photo.

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.

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 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!!

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 CE, Italy.

Things to Do in Naples

Now that you know the best Naples pizzerias, here are some fun things you make want to check out between pizzas:


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Comments

  1. Oh wow!! Living in Naples for a month eating pizza sounds like a dream!! I’m drooling over all your photos! I love your tip about the ovens too!

    1. Author

      Living in Naples was a dream for us too, and it was better than we expected. Next time, maybe we’ll stay for two months. We love Naples that much.

  2. That is real dedication to the cause – eating pizza almost every day. What an amazingly trustworthy guide… would love to follow in your footsteps.

  3. I loved the pizza in Naples, it was so fresh and the dough had flavour. I went to the world pizza making championships last September on the front in Naples. It was a fab event where I was able to try combinations that I’d not had before. GG

    1. Author

      We’re still curious about that pie. Does it feed two people or four? Maybe it feeds one. We don’t know. You could say that the French Fry pie could be a distant relative to the Primanti sandwich in Pittsburgh. Whatever that pie is, it sure packs a mouthful.

  4. We are headed to Naples at the end of next month so this couldn’t have come at a better time! My partner and I want to try pizza from its birthplace so will definitely bookmark this for our trip. 50 Kalo sounds amazing!

    1. Author

      That sounds great. Just be aware that you’re going in high season so crowds will be at their max. If you can, try to time your pizza visits so you can minimize the crowds. We recommend visiting da Michele when they open their doors at 11. 50 Kalo is also very popular but it’s more than worth the wait.

  5. Saving this! Hoping to get back to Italy next year and visit Naples this time. Who doesn’t love a good Italian pizza?!

    1. Author

      The pizza is amazing but also make sure to give Naples some time. The city is one of the true living and breathing gems of Italian culture that should not be missed.

    1. Author

      Add it for the pizza and so much more. There’s no city like it in the world.

  6. Omg! I loved the video and that margherita pizza looks amazing! I eat pizza the New York way (folded in half triangular).

    1. Author

      Yes. They eat pizza that way in Campania too! There are so many great ways to eat delicious food.

  7. wow, yum! I have been really interested in visiting Naples since seeing an Anthony Bourdain episode about it and this just sealed the deal. These look amazing, there is nothing better than a good margherita pizza!

    1. Author

      What makes a pizza margherita special in Naples are the great ingredients the pizzaiolos use to make every pie. The dough they produce there is also heavenly.

  8. This is a fantastic post! I have been to Naples, but had no idea where to find “the best” pizza and ended up just stopping somewhere when I got hungry. This is making me think that I have to go back just to get the full experience!

    1. Author

      Thanks!! There are a number of great standard bearers (both old and new.) Check them out next time you’re through. Some of the pies they produce are amazing with some of the best ingredients and craftsmanship in the world.

  9. Ok, after reading this I am totally starving for some of that amazingly good looking pizza! I love the idea of a pizza tour and am abit jealous that you got to eat your way through all that awesomeness. Adding Naples pizza to my bucket list!

    1. Author

      If you go to Naples be sure to give yourself a few days to experience all the great interpretations of this worldwide favorite. Like us, you’ll probably never get enough.

    1. Author

      It really is the best pizza in the world!

  10. This post makes me want to go back to Naples to try some pizza. Starita looks like a great place! Will bookmark this post for my next trip.

  11. I. Love. This. Post. And now I have to quit what I’m doing to go eat lunch. The pizzas in Italy are like nothing else in the world! Especially Naples. It makes me sad now that my pizza comes already sliced for me here in the US. lol

    1. Author

      Have fun in Naples! You will surely love the pizza when you visit.

  12. Firstly, you two are my favorite for lots of reasons, and truly for your videos. And secondly, La Notizia would be my first stop I think. Something about it sounds ideal for me and I do prefer a calzone…

    1. Author

      Aw, thanks for the kind words! You will love Naples and La Notizia – we guarantee it.

  13. Mindi and Daryl, This entire post and video just makes my mouth water. I love Napoli Pizza as well. Haven’t bee there in a few years, but it is a memorable place.

    1. Author

      You will find the city much cleaner than your last visit. Don’t worry – there’s still plenty of graffiti.

  14. BY looking at these pics my mouth started watering. Now I added Naples to my bucket list.

  15. Hey,

    Sorry to be “that person” but Clinton actually ate in Antica Pizzeria e Friggitoria Di Matteo (Di Matteo) they have all his pictures everywhere etc

    The presidente pizzeria was opened up after this occurrence by the owner of Di Matteo’s brother 

    Looks like you had a great time!!!!

  16. *cries in Italian*. I spent a day in Naples en route in Amalfi Coast but I have been kicking myself for not spending more time there. Especially right about now. Fantastic guide, you made want to book tickets RIGHT NOW. Also love your blog, following y’al now X

    1. Author

      Gracias!! Thank you for the wonderful compliments!!

  17. 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!

  18. 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?

    1. Author

      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!!

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