When it comes to Naples you tend to think of 1 thing – Pizza.
Naples is reputedly the home of the pizza so you’d expect to get a decent pizza in the Home of Pizza, Right? Well of course it is and the pizza is pretty spectacular in Naples but oh boy, you can get so much more……..
NAPLES BY THE SEA = GREAT SEAFOOD
As a port city the seafood is fantastic and on our last trip, February 2020, before lockdown #1 we stumbled across a superb little restaurant Molo17 which quite honestly was the one of the best meals I’ve had anywhere in Italy. I had the Tuna and Chris had the Spaghetti Vongole and Chris has even said that he’d go back to Naples just for a meal here. So if you can, put this one on your list and you won’t be disappointed. Click here for details. Delicious with a CAPITAL D
GELATO – WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FLAVOUR?
You can’t go anywhere in Italy without sampling fantastic Gelato and Naples is no exception. There are hundreds of Gelato places in Naples and I’m sure everyone has their favourites. Having visited Naples many times and sampled just a few (cough cough) the one that sticks in my mind as being really really good was Il Gelato Mennella. There are 3 sites throughout Naples so you’re sure to be close to one of them and I really would recommend you try. Remember to pay first at the till and then present your ticket at the counter and then choose your flavours. There are so many flavours to try. Amarena is my all time fav, yummy! Chris likes the holy trinity as he calls it. Fragola, Limone & Ananas (Strawberry, Lemon and Pineapple) but whichever is your favourite you’ll be sure to find it here. Ohhhh Enjoy.
SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT SPECIAL
If you’re looking for something a bit different from the usual pasta/pizza offering then I can recommend Cisterna Bistro Wine & Cocktail Bar. Chris booked this for me when we were in Naples on my birthday a few years ago and it was a lovely experience. A small bistro with an industrial, hipster vibe where it seemed groups of locals, families, friends and all types of people congregate. I was glad we booked a table as it was pretty busy. The menu was a little complicated to understand as it wasn’t laid out as you would normally see in starters, mains etc but it just seemed to be a collection of dishes. We asked the waiters advice and he was really good in helping us choose. There was something for everyone. A little more expensive than your usual Italian trattoria but definitely value for money as the food was excellent as well as the wine and cocktails. You won’t be disappointed here that’s for sure.
ANOTHER NEAPOLITAN CLASSIC – PIZZA FRITTA
As Naples is famous for its Pizza its just as famous for its Pizza Fritta. This is a must try food and you need to just pop the oodles of calories to the back of your mind and remember you’re tasting a piece of history. Most Pizza Fritta places are packed around lunchtime with both tourists and locals alike. The one we chose was Antica Pizza Fritta da Zia Esterina Sorbillo and it was really very good. Freshly made, good filling and not too greasy. As a Naples Staple you really have to give it a go. What was also really interesting was that you could peek inside the shop and see how they make it. Mmmmm so yummy.
COFFEE – ITS AN ITALIAN WAY OF LIFE
That just leaves us with another well established Italian tradition. Coffee. Coffee is a way of life in Italy and they really do it rather well. There are many places in Naples where you can get great coffee so I’m not going to give you my ultimate favourite as there are so many. What I can say is that there aren’t many places where you’ll get a bad coffee. Again my top tip is to check out where the locals are. Here’s some Italian coffee rules that will get you drinking coffee like a local
- Milk only in the morning that means no Cappuccino after breakfast and that goes for any coffee with milk. Milky coffee is usually taken with a pastry at breakfast time. Milk is never drunk in coffee after 11am and never after a meal. It’s the Italian way!
- The word Espresso is actually a way of brewing so don’t ask for an Espresso, as for un caffe. Un Caffe per favor and the barista will know what you want and be thankful that you attempted to ask in Italian. Try it.
- Stand at the bar (al banco) for your coffee. Coffee is intended to be drunk quickly so you very rarely see Italians sitting down with their coffee. Standing at the bar is cheaper too so you save a few pennies. I love to stand at the bar and watch all that’s going on, its a really great experience.
- Keep it simple – While there are many different coffee options in Italy, the most common ritual is the following: Cappuccino at breakfast, un caffè or caffè macchiato in the afternoon, and un caffè after dinner if needed.
- In some cafe’s you will need to pay first, get your ticket, take your ticket to the barista, drink your coffee and go and in other cafe’s the opposite happens and you’ll order your coffee, drink and then pay before you leave. Just watch to see what others are doing and you’ll soon get the hang of it.
I hope you enjoy the taste of Naples and if you have any special places that you’d like to share then
let me know so I can try on my next trip.