Neapolitans take huge pride on their culture, on San Gennaro and on their pizza. According to Neapolitans you can only find real pizza in Naples. To Neapolitans the pizzas made in other parts of Italy and in the rest of the world are unacceptable imitations. Authentic pizzas are made with the proper ingredients: Pasta, Tomato, Mozarella and Basil, in that order. If you ask any Italian, you can never be disappointed with Authentic Italian cuisine, and the good thing is that there are endless opportunities to taste their variety. If you want to try genuine pizza you should try traveling to Campania, the capital, and try your pizza on site. In the year 1889 the Italian Queen Margherita was spending her summer n Naples and wanted to taste “poor food”, so they ordered one pizza for a famous Pizza guy named Raffaele Esposito, whom took real pains to make his pizza, so he decided to design one with the colors of the flag of Italy, Red tomatoes, white mozzarella cheese and green basil. Queen Margherita loved the idea and this pizza is called margherita in her honor.
Pizza, pasta and all of their likes have been cooking in Mediterranean ovens for centuries, but Neapolitans really pride themselves in this history for Margherita Pizza which is a delicious delicacy. So, if you like pizza and traveling, go to Naples. We recommend you going to the oldest pizza restaurant in the city, l’Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, which stands for “The Ancient Pizzeria Port’Alba”, founded in 1830 and serving authentic pizza non-stop ever since. This pizzeria is considered more of a historical monument than a place to eat, is always crowded with tourist, but you HAVE to go to Naples and choose any old pizzeria in the historic center of the city and eat pizza like a true Neapolitan would.
Neapolitan Pizza is unique because of the base of it. The dough is at all times stretched by hand and it has thick edges, but a really thin center, but not only that, it’s also cooked in a wooden oven at a very high temperature. There are several pizzerias in Naples, here’s a small list put together just for you.
Pizzaria La Notizia
The owner to this Pizzeria loves “Citizen Kane” and named his place after the movie, this movie opens only during dinner time. The best pizza to get here is the pizza Bianca or white pizza, made with shredded mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese and pecorino romano cheese.
L’Antica Pizzaria Da Michele
This pizzeria was founded in 1870, but they only serve Neapolitan pizzas, this means they serve a Pizza made with tomato, garlic, Oregano and extra virgin olive oil, called Marinara Pizza, and Margherita Pizza, Made with Tomato, Mozarella, Basil and extra virgin olive oil. This place always has long lines and people need to be organized by numbers. Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente, Brandi, Di Matteo, Pizzaria Trianon da Ciro, Sorbillo, Da Ettore, Lombardi 1892 in addition to Pizzaria da Michele, La Notizia and Port’Alba, are some of the pizzerias we recommend you when visiting the great city of Naples in Italy.