It’s curious but Italy it’s often, if not always, associated with amazing weather, gorgeous landscapes and… delicious food. But, food in Naples, it’s more than just feeding yourself, it’s a religious moment.
We realized that we never wrote down a guide on what to eat in Naples Italy. I guess now, it’s the time to share all the best food in Naples you have to try. This Naples food guide, it’s not the usual one with places and dishes to check out, we’ve included even the best street food in Naples, local experiences and tips to keep in mind for your future trip to Naples! We bet you hungry now? Let’s discover all the delightful food!
Naples food guide – Best food in Naples Italy
We couldn’t avoid opening our guide about what to eat in Naples Italy, listing the best pizza in the world. This unique dish, named as immaterial World Heritage by Unesco, it’s on the top of the list of food to try in Naples by everybody. However not many know that the regular rounded pizza isn’t the only of its kind. While discovering Naples you might understand that this city has much more to offer to travellers and food lovers. Pizza has various kinds of dough, shape, preparation and toppings.
Let’s dive in together and discover all those kinds and all the rest of the best food in Naples Italy to try!
The full list of the Best food in Naples, Italy
Local products from Naples to try
As mentioned before, Naples is known for many things and Pizza is one of these. You can’t leave Naples without tasting the yummy and real Pizza! Spending 2 days in Naples eating Pizza in a local restaurant is a must! Remember that, in Naples, there are so many types of Pizza which you can choose from.
From the typical Margherita to the fried Pizza, you will leave Naples with a couple of kilos extra! This is a good sign because it means that you enjoyed the local cuisine!
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This type of Pizza is even more caloric than the normal one. I mean, in Naples if you don’t gain a couple of kilos, it means that you didn’t enjoy the food. Using the same dough as the regular pizza, that will be cooked in the oven, this instead will dive in the extra-hot oil for about a minute.
This fried pizza is filled inside with different products. You can find the pizza frittata with Ricotta (type of cheese) and ham or even with tomato and salami. For sure, it’s one of the best foods in Naples, Italy!
You can have a pizza fritta in Naples basically everywhere, this is the basic street food in the city, and is sold for as little as 1 euro.
Pizza a portafoglio
Now, we are coming to the “cheap” Pizza, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not good as a normal one. Pizza a portafoglio (Wallet pizza) it’s a mini pizza folded in four which makes the shape of a wallet, or a rounded triangle.
This type of pizza also costs only €1 and it’s the best lunch you can have while walking around Naples’s streets! You don’t have to walk in a pizzeria to ask for a folded pizza, but usually, there are little stands outside bars and pizzerias selling small rounded pizza to be folded.
Mozzarella di Bufala
What makes the pizza special and good is the delicious buffalo mozzarella.
Recognized as a DOP and DOC product (which means controlled origins and protected), the buffalo mozzarella is a typical product from Naples.
The Mozzarella di Bufala uses milk from local buffalo farms, in fact, when ordering pizza, make sure you request the Mozzarella di Bufala. You can feel the difference between the normal one and the taste of Mozzarella di Bufala. Keep in mind that, if you really want to taste the real mozzarella, take a fork and eat it without any other topping. It is delicious.
If you’re looking for a local product to try in Naples, Friarielli needs to be on your list. Known as Broccoletti or Rabe Broccoli, Friarielli is a vegetable that is cooked with olive oil, garlic and peperoncino, just fried in a regular pan.
Like many things in Naples, even Friarielli are caloric due to the amount of oil you use to cook them. A typical dish is Salsiccia & Friarielli which is Friarielli together with sausages. You can ask for this type of combination for your pizza and trust us, it’s the best one you can try in Naples.
Best street food in Naples, Italy
Hungry eh? Well, save some space as now we’re going through the best street food in Naples! The first on the top of our list is the famous “Frittatina” which you can find in any “Friggitoria” (Fried snack shops) in the historical city centre of Naples.
Inside of this heaven frittatina, you have fried pasta, bechamel sauce and peas. It’s the perfect snack for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon aperitif and it will cost you only €1. Yes, just a euro of pure happiness.
You can find Frittatina in local pizzerias as well in the Antipasti section but usually, the price is higher.
Crocchè di Patate
Coming to Naples means trying the best food ever and this is the reason behind our Naples food guide. Together with “Frittatina” that we mentioned before, you must try the famous “Crocchè di Patate”.
A fried product made mainly with potatoes and filled inside with cheese. Like the Frittatina, you can find Crocchè di Patate in a local Friggitoria and for only €1 you will be able to taste this delicious snack.
You might have heard about taralli in our Puglia food guide, in fact, this product is a classic Neapolitan snack. This is usually on the side of your order in a local bar at the aperitif time. This ring-shaped treat can be found in local markets and supermarkets if you wish to bring some back home.
There is then a difference between the Puglia Taralli and the Napolitan ones, which is that the second is bigger and filled with roasted almonds, pepper and pretty hard to chew.
Zeppole Fritte/Frittelle Napoletane
When talking about the best street food in Naples, Zeppole fritte is on the top of anyone’s list. Made with a sample mix, this savoury fried bread can be found in any “friggitoria” in Naples.
Usually, when looking at the restaurant menu, you will find this speciality in the Antipasti section as it is a great way to fill your stomach with something before eating a pizza.
If you remember, before we mentioned Pizza Fritta, Montanara is a similar one but not filled with salumi inside. It’s a small fried pizza with tomato sauce on top and mozzarella. When walking around the historical city centre of Naples, you will find many places selling Montanara for only a euro.
Feeling hungry before lunch or dinner? Have one and fill your stomach with a delicious Montanara!!
Talking about Panuozzo we need to precise that the most famous one is the Panuozzo from Gragnano. This town is located between a mountain peak and the Amalfi Coast.
Locals are crazy about this type of bread and usually, Friday or Saturday night, they get themselves ready to eat a traditional Panuozzo!
If you really want to try the real and tasty one you should get it with Porchetta, Provola and Potatoes. Basically the same dough as the Pizza, but close as panini and cooked in the oven. The inside will be filled for whatsoever you feel like.
BEST PLACE TO EAT PANUOZZO | Mascolo
Neapolitan pasta you must try
Spaghetti Alle Vongole
Italians love pasta and we know that! This is the reason why there are a couple of Neapolitan dishes that you must try while visiting Naples. It doesn’t matter if you are spending one day in Naples, you should at least try the delicious “Spaghetti alle vongole” (clams)
You can find in any restaurant this typical dish but please remember that on top of this type of pasta you can’t add parmesan as you need to taste the real flavours. The top rule is not to use parmesan on fish dishes.
BEST PLACE TO EAT SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGOLE | Ristorante Zi Teresa
Pasta e patate con provola
This plate is a particular one, coming directly from the tradition and left intact nowadays. Poor products such as potato and pasta, which we have galore in Italy. This Pasta and potato added with provola (smoked mozzarella)is a combination of carbs with more carbs. The pure heaven Napolitan dish which everyone loves.
We had our Spanish friend falling in love with this typical dish when we went to Cuenca, in Spain to visit them. We had to cook this traditional Neapolitan dish for the entire family. You can imagine how delicious it is and you can’t miss trying.
BEST PLACE TO EAT PASTA E PATATE | Trattoria Da Nennella
Best seafood in Naples Italy
In Naples, Cuoppo is a tasty street food made with fried seafood. Inside of this cone-shaped foil, you will find all the typical Neapolitan fried food. You have two options, the seafood one and the “terra” one. Into the seafood cuoppo, you will find fried cod, anchovies, squid and shrimp. Instead, the terra cuoppo is filled with small pieces of frittatina, arancini, crocchè and some vegetables as well like fried aubergine and courgettes.
Zuppa di Cozze
If you are looking to try a really good Zuppa di Cozze, we suggest you go to the Pozzuoli area. This area is really famous for its amazing bars and restaurants with outdoor seating areas looking at the sea.
Now, let’s come back into more detail about what Zuppa di Cozze is. Made in an oval shape pizza base, inside you will find all seafood products, mussels, clams, prawns and many more.
It’s a real delicateness that if you are wondering what to eat in Naples Italy, this needs to be on your list.
Best Neapolitan desserts
We know that after all the food you eat during the day, you might not have room for a dessert. We all know that there is always space for pastries. The Neapolitan signature pastry is the Sfogliatella.
You can find it almost all around Italy but the real and best one can only be found in Napoli. There are two kinds of Sfogliatella, which are Riccia and Frolla.
The difference is mostly in the shape, the Riccia is made with a soft flaky dough and is lobster tail shaped. instead, the Frolla is rounded, made of a kind of shortbread crust. You can find it everywhere in the bars or pasticceria, the best one is Attanasio.
BEST PLACE TO EAT SFOGLIATELLA | Da Attanasio
We know that we said that Sfoliatella is a signature pastry in Naples but we must admit it, Babà is also a symbol of Neapolitan desserts.
With its mushroom shape, Neapolitan Babà is soaked in rum and it’s a really traditional pastry that everyone loves. Every time we are coming back home to see our families, before leaving is a tradition for us to eat a Babà at least at the airport, or alternatively a Sfogliatella Riccia.
BEST PLACE TO EAT BABÀ | Da Luise
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
The month of March is really important for Neapolitan as on the 19th we celebrate Father’s Day and St. Joseph (San Giuseppe).
On this occasion, a famous dessert is Zeppole di San Giuseppe, a fried dough ball filled with custard and topped with cherries. However, you can find the Zeppole di San Giuseppe all year round in a local “pasticceria”.
Are you looking for more things to add to your list of what to eat in Naples Italy? Don’t worry because our guide is not done yet. Italy is famous for its ice-creams and trying Gelato in Naples is a must.
Along your walks around the city centre, you will find many places where to eat a nice gelato. Try all the flavour and all the combinations that you can and enjoy a good Gelato in Naples. The best gelato we can suggest you it’s on the Amalfi Coast, try it at “Gabriele” in Vico Equense, or “Bougainvillea” and “Gelateria Primavera” in Sorrento.
We decided to add another delicious pastry to our list. This is very famous in Naples, prepared following the traditional recipe during the Easter period. It is made with eggs, cooked wheat, ricotta cheese and orange flower water. The pastiera needs to be cooked days in advance before Easter in order to allow the aroma to mix in the right way and result in that unique flavour.
Drinks to try in
Starting the day in the right way is very important, especially for us. We don’t talk before having our first-morning coffee and sometimes we tend to drink even more than two before 11 AM.
While spending 2 days in Naples head to Caffe del Professore and enjoy one of the most delicious coffee ever. In Naples, there is this tradition of “caffè sospeso” or pending coffee which is an anonymous act of kindness to someone who doesn’t have the opportunity to pay for a coffee.
Coffee in Naples in a local bar, it’s simply a 20ml liquid, which can be sipped in a matter of seconds. It’s not the usual drink which tends to stay hot, and we can drink while walking.
If you’ve been to the Amalfi Coast, Positano and Sorrento you might know that one of the most popular liqueurs in Naples is Limoncello. You will find this liquor all around Italy but the original and best one is from Sorrento thanks to its amazing lemons. In many restaurants and houses in Italy, it is a tradition to drink in a small ceramic cup of Limoncello.
As Limoncello is made with Lemon, Meloncello in this case is made with melon. I (Alessia) personally prefer Meloncello, instead, Toti is a big fan of a proper Limoncello. It’s a must-try as well together with Limoncello! In Italy, as you can understand we tried to get the best of anything, like Meloncello there are many other strange liquors made by unusual products. Like this, there are the Liquirizia (Liquorice), blueberries, nocillo (nuts) and many others.
The famous international Italian wine Region is definitely Tuscany. Despite this, the whole boot-shaped country produces high-quality wine and similar. Campania, the Region where Naples is located, might not be worldwide known for its production of wine, which is a huge and extraordinary variety.
Locals grow grapes in the shadows of the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Vesuvius and that’s why the quality is good! The Lacrima Cristi it’s one of those wines which grows only on the slopes of the volcano, and it’s a combination of flavours including citrus, stone fruit, sherbet and minerals on the nose. Very clean, tangy and fresh on the palate with just a hint of bitterness. Eating in a restaurant, always ask for “vino della casa” or local wine, which is usually an organic product made by local producers.
Q&A about what to eat in Naples Italy
What food is Naples Italy known for?
Naples is known for its famous pizza but not only! Below you will find the list of what food is Naples known for:
What is Naples Italy famous for?
Naples is famous for its Pizza and nowadays everywhere you go in the city, you will taste a delicious pizza. We wrote a full article on where to eat the best pizza in Naples, Italy!
Is Naples expensive to eat?
Absolutely no! Prices in Naples are affordable and you’re able to eat even a Pizza for €1. If you’re thinking of going to an exclusive restaurant in the area of Posillipo with a sea view, you might expect to pay a bit more but overall, eating in Naples is not expensive at all.
What is the best time of year to visit Naples Italy?
The best time to visit Naples, Italy is during spring. In March and April, the weather is mild and you’re able to enjoy the city without crowds. Instead, if you wish to experience the real Naples, we suggest you visit Naples in winter and appreciate the lovely decorations around the city centre. The climate in this part of the year is mild as well, with low precipitation. Is also ideal to plan a few day trips from Naples, like going to Capri.