Table of Contents
- Naples Italy Pizza History
- Naples Pizza Video
- Naples Pizza Guide
- The Best Pizza in Naples
- Solid Naples Pizzerias
- Historic Naples Pizzerias
- Neighborhood Pizza Shops
- Further Afield – Pepe in Grani
- Things to Do in Naples
- Plan Your Naples Stay
- Thirsty for Coffee in Naples?
- Pin It for Later
- About the Authors
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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 cuisine 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 markets.
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.
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
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 creation. 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wander around the Porta Nolana street market before or after you eat pizza at Pizzeria Tutino. This is a great spot to buy local products and knock-off designer bags.
Pizzeria Tutino is located at Via Cesare Carmignano, 79, 80142 Napoli, Italy.
Historic Naples Pizzerias
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:
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.
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.
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.
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…
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
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.
Neighborhood Pizza Shops
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.
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 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!!
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
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
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.
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.
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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About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
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.