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In Napoli

March 24, 2016

This past weekend we visited Naples, the land of pizza and pasta.

Napoli pizza Margherita

Spaghetti mare Napoli

Spaghetti mare Napoli.

Naples is a coastal vibrant city that’s rich in history, and arguably has one of the best Italian cuisines.

Napoli view on Vesuvio and Vomero

Known not only for the typical cuisine, the land surrounding Naples produces many great wines and also has world renowned landmarks such as the volcano Vesuvius, Pompei, Amalfi Coast and the palace (in Italian Reggia) of Caserta.

If you want to spend a relaxing weekend in the city, here are some food and wine recommendations that we put together with the help of our native neapolitan friends.

 

We recommend in Naples

If you want to try a white wine, that is somehow sweet and sour and dry all at the same time, then you should try a Falanghina from Roccamonfina.

Falanghina di Roccamonfina

Orecchiette Puglia cime di rapa

Falanghina can be paired with a good pasta with broccoli rabe.

Grilled scampi in Napoli

Falanghina can also be paired with fish, like grilled scampi.

 

Pizza:

Naples is the birthplace of pizza, there’s no beating a classic margherita con bufula (with buffalo mozzarella) pizza in Naples – pizza will never taste the same after you eat one here.
A friend suggested we try ‘Sorbillo‘ where it’s known to have the best pizza in Napoli – according to Neapolitans, not some travel website or a Hollywood movie.
Sorbillo’s lived up to the hype, and was one of “the best pizza’s I’ve ever had” (Francesco).

Napoli Pizza and white wine at Sorbillo

Sfogliatella and Babà

If you go to Naples you must try one of the typical pastries. I am a hard critic because no sfogliatella has competed with my Nonna’s. However, we did find a place that makes a close second.
A bar called Moccia, makes amazing typical pastries like Babà and sfogliatelle. Located on Via S. Pasquale, this small bar is a great place to have breakfast or a snack.

Napoli sfogliatella cannolo cassatella at Moccia

Bignè from Moccia

 

Best coffee:

O’ professore – take the coffee at the bar, it’s way cheaper. This coffee is strong, authentic, and one of the best in Naples.

The coffee at "Caffè del Professore"

See it:

Funiculare – this will take you to the top of the hill with un beatable views of Vesuvio, the seaside and the city.

The Funiculare of Napoli, mentioned in the famous song "funiculì-funiculà"

Castel dell’Ovo

View of Volcano Vesuvio from Castel del Ovo

Via San Gregorio Armeno –  The ultimate street to buy something for a Christmas nativity scene all year round. If you need a souvenir – this is the best place to go. Christmas nativity scenes are a huge tradition in Napoli.

San Gregorio Armeno Presepe shops

Napoli San Gregorio Armeno shops

Posillipo and Marechiaro

Napoli Marechiaro Vomero

View of Vomero from Marechiaro.

Christina view of Napoli

View of Napoli from Marechiaro.

Walk along the water

Fishermen in Napoli

Fishermen Octopy in Napoli

Tip: In our experience it’s better to stay away from some restaurants on the “spaccanapoli” as they tend to be over-priced and touristic, the food may be great but the service and hospitality is less than ‘warm’.

Try to look for small places on less busy streets, the service will be more authentic.

 

O cuoppo fried street food in Napoli

O cuoppo – fried street food in Napoli.

Roofs of Napoli

Napoli carachters

 

Napoli Pulcinella

Pulcinella.

Napoli Maradona and Francesco

Maradona and Francesco.

Napoli Piazza del Plebiscito

Piazza del Plebiscito.

Napoli supersticious

Napoli quartieri spagnoli SpaccaNapoli

Napoli harbour

La Villa Napoli gardens statue

Napoli Spanish quartieri spagnoli markets

Spacca Napoli Gesu Nuovo church

Church Gesù Nuovo.

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