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Why You Should Take a Flavors of Naples Walking Tour

In Europe, Food Tours, Italy by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch24 Comments

Wondering what to do in Naples Italy? The Flavors of Naples walking tour is a great way to navigate the Naples food scene. Starting with coffee and ending with a pizza making session, this Naples food tour provides a tasty introduction to the Italian city’s vibrant food culture.

Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

We returned to Naples Italy for many reasons.

The dirty, chaotic city forged a soft spot in our hearts during our first visit three years ago and created a hankering that we could no longer ignore. We fell hard for the city’s hauntingly picturesque streets, its colorful people and its abundant food. From flaky sfogliatella to the best pizza in the world,

We adore Neapolitan food. In fact, eating is our favorite thing to do in Naples Italy.

Not messing around, we returned to Naples for a full month. For this second visit, we wanted more time to eat our favorite Naples street food but also time to explore other offerings in the Naples food scene at local markets, cafés and restaurants.

We wanted to slow our pace and live like locals. And, truth be told, we wanted to drink coffee and eat Neapolitan pizza every single day – enough pizza to make a Naples pizza guide.

To start the month off right, we dove deep into the heart of Naples food with a Context walking tour of Naples Italy.

It’s no secret that we’re not typical food tour people. We like to do a lot of independent culinary research when we travel, so we really appreciate tours that honor our knowledge while exposing us to new information.

Remembering the excellent Baguette to Bistro tour we did with Context in Paris last year, we kicked our month in Naples off by taking their Flavors of Naples tour featuring coffee and pizza.

We were lulled by the promise of coffee and pizza mixed with information geared to deep travelers. Of all the Naples tours, this was the ideal tour for us and a great introduction to one of the great Italy food cities.

Flavors of Naples Walking Tour

Context Travel Naples Tour Guide Fiorella Squillante - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

Context tour guide Fiorella Squillante shared her knowledge and love for Naples food during the Context Flavors of Naples Italy tour.

We arrived for our Napoli walking tour right on time to find Naples tour guide Fiorella Squillante and our three tour companions – a young American chef living in Rome and his adventurous parents. We quickly discovered that Squillante, a proud Napoli resident, is a published expert about her city and its food.

Within moments of our arrival, Squillante started sharing facts about the historic center of Naples and its status as a UNESCO site. Once she confided that Italy’s densest city is “like no other European city” and showed us around the inside of the 13th century Duomo cathedral, we were hooked by her passion and knowledge. But what about the food???

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Coffee and Sfogliatella

After walking along busy Via Tribunale and hearing more stories along the way, we made our first official food stop at Caffeteria Ippolito. Here, generations of the Ippolito family serve pastries like baba and sfogliatella to hordes of hungry locals looking for tasty, reasonably priced treats, many priced at just one euro – a true bargain even in Naples.

Coffee

Coffee Samples - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

We kicked off the eating portion of our Flavors of Naples walking tour with coffee. We wouldn’t have it any other way in Naples.

Not wanting to miss a word, we huddled around a small table when espressos arrived so that we could hear Squillante talk about coffee traditions in Naples. We learned that coffee was invented in France but perfected in Italy, at least in her opinion. We also learned the best time of day for cappuccinos (morning) and when to drink water with coffee (before not after).

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Sfogliatella

Riccia Sfogliatella - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

The flaky exterior of this riccia sfogliatella hides its creamy ricotta center. We enjoyed this beauty at Caffeteria Ippolito during the Flavors of Naples walking tour.

Providing a fun comparison, Carmine Ippolito served us the shop’s two signature sfogliatella pastries. The first was a frolla sfogliatella made with ricotta cheese, orange peel, orange essence and cinnamon. We shared one, eating it quickly, and then enjoyed the classic, shell-shaped riccia sfogliatella, which featured the same filling and a crunchy layered exterior. Oops – we ate the second one quickly too.

Caffeteria Ippolito is located at Via dei Tribunali, 329, 80138 Napoli, Italy.

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Limoncello Tasting

Limoncello - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

We enjoyed tasting limoncello during our Flavors of Naples walking tour. It should be no surprise that the limoncello tastes so good considering the abundance of lemons in Campagna.

Filled with sugar and caffeine, we were ready to eat more. But first, it was time to drink.

Located across the street from Ippolito Caffeteria and beneath the Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore, Limoné is an artisanal shop that distills limoncello on site using a secret family recipe. Not bound by modern conventions, the limoncello artisans peel the lemons by hand before turning the local lemons into liquid gold.

After we peeked into Limonè’s storage room to see a hidden wall from an ancient Roman temple, we tasted regular limoncello and cream limoncello. We found both to be less sweet than we expected.

Did we like it? Let’s just say it was our first limoncello of the month but not our last.

Limoné is located at Piazza San Gaetano, 72, 80138 Napoli, Italy.

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Fried Seafood

Melania Petrucci at Pescheria Azzurra - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

Melania Petrucci smiles as she shows off the nose of a swordfish at Pescheria Azzurra. We enjoyed fried seafood at this local fish market/restaurant during our Flavors of Naples walking tour.

Just as we were about to check out nearby food stalls, the sky erupted with rain. No worries on this tour! Squillante didn’t bat an eye as she ushered us to Pescheria Azzurra, a local establishment that functions as both a bustling fish market and a casual restaurant. Seafood is ubiquitous in Naples, and we were thrilled to get our first tastes here.

Cuoppo Mare at Pescheria Azzurra - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

These anchovies are hiding the shrimp and squid fried along with zeppoline in this huge serving of cuoppo mare at Pescheria Azzurra.

Although Pescheria Azzurra has both indoor and outdoor seating, we stood under the awning while we feasted on cuoppo mare, a brown paper cone filled with fried zeppoline, anchovies, shrimp and calamari. The accessibility of seafood served as street food is one of our favorite parts of Naples – dirty and delicious – just like the city itself.

Pescheria Azzurra is located at Via Portamedina, 5, 80134 Napoli, Italy.

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Pizza Making

Three hours into the tour, and we were yet to eat pizza. We had walked by various pizza shops and had heard stories about many Neapolitan pizza traditions, but no pizza had made its way into our mouths. Now, finally, it was time for the tour to turn into a Naples pizza tour.

Our tiny but tight group of six ambled into O’Cerriglio Trattoria Pizzeria where we were told that we had to work for our lunch. No problem. Actually, it was a super cool opportunity to have a trained pizzaiolo show us how to make pizza and assist us with the process. Learning how to make Neapolitan pizza is a must-do activity when you visit Naples.

Pizza Dough Balls - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

They look so innocent, but these balls of dough soon morphed into Neapolitan pizzas at O’Cerriglio Trattoria Pizzeria.

The pizzaiolo taught us about the ingredients for the Neapolitan pizza dough (water, yeast and Caputo flour) as well as the best ways to turn the little globes of dough into the perfect pizza base. Though we’ve watched others make pizza, it was an entirely different experience to make it ourselves.

After we chose from typical Neapolitan pizza toppings like Parmigiano cheese, mozzarella cheese, olives and friarielli (what many would call broccoli rabe in the U.S.), we cooked our Neapolitan pizza pies in a blue wood-burning oven one at a time.

Daryl Shows Off His Pizza - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

Daryl shows off his pizza. Is it just us or does pizza taste better when you make it yourself?

Kyle, the chef in our tour group, made the first pie, raising the bar with his fancy kitchen skills. Daryl made the second pie, immediately following Kyle.

Everybody held their breath as they wondered how Daryl’s pie would turn out. Bravo to Daryl – his pie turned out great. Whew!

Clinking sounds filled the restaurant as we toasted each other with local beer and wine. As we quickly devoured our hand-crafted Neapolitan pizza pies, a guitar player serenaded us with tunes originally performed by Billy Joel and the Eagles, adding an ironic yet pleasant touch to the overall experience.

O’Cerriglio Trattoria Pizzeria is located at Via San Biagio Dei Librai, 13, 80138 Napoli, Italy.

Chocolate

Guy Odin Chocolate - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

Guy Odin is a chocolate institution in Naples and was the last stop on our Flavors of Naples walking tour.

All good things must come to an end, and such was the case with our Flavors of Naples walking tour. After stuffing ourselves with Neapolitan pizza, we made a bonus stop at Guy Odin for a few bites and nibbles.

Known for their creative chocolates, Guy Odin also makes some of the city’s best gelato. Sadly, we only had room to taste the chocolate covered espresso beans, not that we’re complaining. (True confession – we continued to tour Naples on our own and returned to Guy Odin on a different day to taste the gelato.)

Guy Odin has multiple locations in Naples.

Naples Umbrella Street Scene - Awesome Naples Walking Tour with Coffee and Pizza

Did we mention it rained during our tour? Life goes on in Naples when it rains and so did our Flavors of Naples walking tour.

We learned and ate much more during our Flavors of Naples walking tour, but it would ruin the fun if we shared all of the surprises. Click here to schedule this food tour of Naples or another tour in one of the 47 cities where Context operates. 


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    1. Author

      You’re so right. These were the best four hours of our day.

  1. That is some good food! Haven’t heard/known about Sfogliatella and really wonder how it tastes. Naples is one of the places I wanted to visit for a long time but then totally forgot seeing other exotic locations thats been added to my bucket list. Lucky you!

    1. Author

      To really experience sfogliatella, you need to go to Naples. We’ve eaten this pastry outside of Italy and it never tastes quite so good. Hopefully you’ll love the city as much as we do. To us, Naples is a unique and magical destination.

  2. I love going on food tours to discover a place and these look really good. I also love coffee and pizza! Good shout!

    1. Author

      We never say no to coffee and pizza – especially in Naples.

    1. Author

      If you have the opportunity to learn how to make pizza in Naples – do not pass it up.

  3. Oh that sounds perfect. I love doing food tours when I travel, it’s such a great way to discover a place. I went to Naples last September, It was a wonderful place, dirty and gritty with so much to discover. GG

    1. Author

      People either love or hate Naples. We’re glad to hear that you love it too.

  4. I love food tours, which is why I’m opening my own food tour company in Bordeaux!

    We used to live in Italy and while I don’t miss a whole lot, the Italians do know their coffee. It’s cheap and good. And you definitely can’t go to Naples and not have pizza!

    1. Author

      Yes, it would be crazy to visit Naples without eating pizza. We ate pizza every day for a month and never got bored. It’s the best pizza in the world!

  5. Like you, we only rarely book on food tours but when we do we look for those that offer a little more than the superficial whizz around that is so often too light on information. We love learning about local food traditions alongside history and culture. Your Naples walking tour sounds just perfect, and so delicious. That sfogliatella looks utterly heavenly, I love those things!

    1. Author

      We’re picky about food tours and know exactly what you mean. If you haven’t taken a Context tour, you should try one on a future trip. Their tours are intimate and informative.

  6. What a wonderful tour filled with goodies! Italian coffee is to die for, simply love it! Great to see swordfish its one of my favorites!

    1. Author

      It really was a wonderful tour. And we agree – Italian coffee is divine.

  7. I love Naples! I lived in Rome for four years and use to go down to Naples with a close friend to visit his family. I loved everything about.

    I also agree with your tour guide there is no place in the world that makes coffee better then Italy. Turkey might be a close second. Ever since I moved away from Italy, I dream about their coffee every night.

    Also, pizza from Naples is the best. People love Roman because of the thin crust but naples has them beat.

    Great article! Next time in Naples I will be going on this tour.

    Also If you ever head to Sophia, Bulgaria check out the tour company Balkan Bites. They are a free walking food tour.

    1. Author

      We have only been away from Italy for six weeks, and we already miss the coffee profusely. There’s just something about drinking a perfectly crafted espresso while standing at the bar. And don’t get us started on how much we miss the pizza in Naples!

  8. What a fantastic tour! I can’t believe you got to make pizza! I’ve been experimenting using sourdough starter in my pizza… but I can’t spin it into shape like the Itallians do. That would be fantastic to learn how.

    1. Author

      You would love this tour since you’re experimenting with making pizzas at home. Hopefully you can get to Naples and take it this year.

  9. I love food walking tours and this one looks like a top one, I want a sfogliatella. Got to add Naples to my list!

  10. I have never been on a food tour before, what a brilliant way to experience the true culture of a city tho. Naples is on my list, it landed there a few years back after reading a love yarn. Haha.

    1. Author

      You will love Naples – it’s one of our favorite cities in the world. You will also love this Context tour, no doubt.

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