This past weekend we visited Naples, the land of pizza and pasta.
Spaghetti mare Napoli.
Naples is a coastal vibrant city that’s rich in history, and arguably has one of the best Italian cuisines.
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 can be paired with a good pasta with broccoli rabe.
Falanghina can also be paired with fish, like grilled scampi.
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).
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.
O’ professore – take the coffee at the bar, it’s way cheaper. This coffee is strong, authentic, and one of the best in Naples.
Funiculare – this will take you to the top of the hill with un beatable views of Vesuvio, the seaside and the city.
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.
Posillipo and Marechiaro
View of Vomero from Marechiaro.
View of Napoli from Marechiaro.
Walk along the water
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.
Maradona and Francesco.
Piazza del Plebiscito.
Church Gesù Nuovo.