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Pizzeria Concettina Ai Tre Santi In Naples

Discover what it’s like to eat innovative Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples.

San Marzanno Pie at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi, in Naples’ Rione Sanità 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. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We find it Ironic that one of Naples’ most innovative pizzerias has been operating in from the same location in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods since 1951. Today, 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 vibrant Borgo dei Vergini (part of Rione Sanità). Still known for its generously sized fried pizza, the younger generation now specializes in crafting a variety of pies – some traditional, some beautiful and some eccentric.

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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. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

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 – after all, eating pizza is the primary reason that families and business colleagues fill the restaurant every day of the week.

Ciro Oliva’s pizzas run from simple Margherita and Marinara pies to more complicated creations with intriguing toppings like smoked provolone, eggplant, clams and even dehydrated sea algae. But, as is always the case, the most important thing is how they taste.

Since we visited the pizzeria twice in two days, to say that we like those pizzas is an understatement.

Visit Number 1

Ciro Oliva Pizza at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
Named after Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi’s fourth generation pizzaiolo, this Ciro Oliva pizza was a meal on a plate. Ingredients included bufala mozzerella ricotta, provolone and panchetta. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We started our first meal with two fried treats – a crispy 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 – two pizzas.

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

Wanting to try more pizzas, a second visit was clearly in order.

Visit Number 2

Frittatina at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
We still dream about this Frittatina Genovese. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We started our second visit with a Frittatina Genovese, the pizzeria’s crunchy, cheesy, meaty pasta fritter made with broken ziti and covered with outstanding Genovese sauce. We’ve eaten the classic Neapolitan stewed onion meat sauce at multiple Naples restaurants and Oliva’s version is our favorite.

The pizzeria served us a side of that delectable sauce in a tiny copper saucepan for extra dipping. But we didn’t just dip once. We definitely double dipped and maybe triple dipped too.

Though we adored our Il Sole Della Sanita pie, a colorfully yellow Margherita variation, we weren’t as crazy about the Fondazione San Gennaro. 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. It was spectacularly tasty but maybe a little too dry and definitely too heavy. We love taralli as a snack but not so much on top of a pizza.

Pro Tips For Eating At Concettina Ai Tre Santi

Frittatina at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
Don’t skip the fried starters at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi. They’re special. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

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

Order one pizza per person unless you opt for the curated tasting menu. For two people, we recommend ordering a basic pizza like the Margherita and whatever creative pizza catches your eye. Better yet, go with friends so you can try several.

Ciro Oliva Pizza Slice at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi in Naples
You’ll probably eat your pizza with a knife and fork at Pizzeria Concettina ai Tre Santi. However, if you’re American like us, feel free to pick up the slices with your hands once you cut them. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Pizzas currently cost between 10 to 18 euros. However, since prices have practically doubled in the past few years, we won’t be surprised when/if they increase again. We still consider this pizzeria to be a wonderful value despite its increased prices.

One last tip – While you can finish your meal with dessert, the better option is to pop over to nearby Pasticceria Poppella and eat a fiocco di neve. Named after snowflakes which rarely appear in Naples, the cream-filled Neapolitan pastry is a local gem.

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

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Check out our guide to eating in Italy as well as our picks for the best Italian foods and the best Italian desserts before your trip so that you don’t miss a delicious bite.

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About the Authors

Daryl and 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. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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We self-funded our trips to Naples and purchased the pizzas featured in this article.

Original Publication Date: March 12, 2024

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