Through all of my research before going to Naples these were my expectations:
- The food is amazing
- It is the home of the Neapolitana Pizza
- The food is amazing
- Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius are close to Naples
- In order to get to the Amalfi Coast, you go through Naples
- The area is a good wine growing region and known for limoncello
- Oh and lastly, the food is freaking amazing
I was definitely not disappointed because good god, was the food amazing. But before I get into all of that, let me tell you a little about Naples. It is a port city, not the absolute cleanest, nor the most picturesque, but it has a lot of character. Usually when I travel, I prefer to walk places because it gives me an opportunity to take in the culture and the people. Naples wasn’t the most walking friendly city. I found myself getting lost in alley-ways even with Google Maps but at the same time, I got to see kids playing soccer on a Sunday, and families preparing meals to eat together. I saw a lot of laughter and happiness, wet clothes hanging from balconies, plants being watered, and heard a lot of honking.
Side note: Wherever you travel, I would highly recommend walking around and letting yourself get lost. I know it is a little scary but trust me, as long as you’re smart about what areas you’re going, you will be amazed at the things you find.
But, I have really fond memories of Naples not because of the what I saw or heard, but because of what I ate. If you can’t tell by now, a lot of my travels revolve around good food and I want to talk to you about two restaurants in particular that I still think about to this day: L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele (as seen and mentioned in Eat, Pray, Love) and Tandem.
Seeking out the best Neapolitana Pizza is like going to New York and trying to find the best New York style pizza, there are endless answers and people always have their preferences. After a bunch of research, I decided on L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele.
I took a taxi from my hotel because this was a bit too far to walk and went through a wholeeeee bunch of extremely narrow streets to get there. When we got there, there were at least 60 people standing outside, waiting for a table. Surprisingly, it was moving pretty quickly but I was in a bit of a rush so I ended up getting it togo.
Tip: if you don’t want to wait for a table, you can order to go and you get your pizza in a matter of five minutes.
It was amazing seeing them make everything in front of you and after one bite of that pizza, I could really say, it’s one of the best pizza’s I’ve had. The sauce was perfect, the mozzarella was fresh, the crust was the right amount of chewy. I would highly recommend it. And, if you try out any places you think have better pizza in Naples, please let me know. I’ll add it on my list for next time!
Ragu is a popular item in Naples as well. I really wanted to try it out and found Tandem. It was a cute restaurant that wasn’t very big. They had a good house wine selection and also had a vegetarian option on the menu. All of the food was extremely tasty and there were a lot of bars/places to go out near Tandem if you are looking for something to do afterwards. Don’t pass up the opportunity to try this place!
Stay tuned for my next post on Queenstown, New Zealand!