So you’re in Naples (or Napoli as they say in Italian)- the birthplace of pizza and the best pizza city in the entire world. It’s a given that you’ll be in search of the best Naples pizza.
There are a lot of pizza options in Napoli but today we’re sharing three restaurants that serve some of the best pizza in Naples. It’s a short and sweet list, and by no means even close to exhaustive, but if you eat at any of these three restaurants (or all of them) on your next trip to Naples you’ll be more satisfied and pleased than your pallet can comprehend.
Tips for rookies:
- Order your own pizza. None of this sharing a pizza business. In Napoli, everyone gets a 12-inch pie to themselves. Our favorite strategy is to order a different pizza per person and share. For two people that usually looks like one margherita and a house favorite/signature pie at every pizzeria.
- They aren’t going to slice your pizza. And everything is going to be fine. In Naples (and the rest of Italy), you’ll be cutting your pizza with a fork and knife.
- Neapolitan pizza is “wet” or extremely saucy and delicate in the center. A lot of people get extremely hung up on this but once you embrace all characteristics of Neapolitan pizza (beautifully charred crust, straightforward/simple toppings, and typically a wet or saucy center), then you are ready to fully enjoy the best pizza experience of your entire life.
- Neapolitan pizza is not like American pizza. It’s not meant to be covered in cheese or excessive amounts of toppings. There is no meat lover’s, Hawaiian, or barbecue chicken pizza. In essence, it’s a completely different genre of food. And it’s 1000 times better.
- If you’re debating what to order or if you’re new to Neapolitan pizza, a margherita pizza is a great place to start. Other typical Neapolitan pizzas that we love are the Diavola, Quatro Stagioni, and Capricciosa.
- You have to eat your Naples pizza hot. Takeout is fine in a pinch but Pizza Napoletana is best enjoyed within seconds after it has come out of the wood-fired oven.
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3. 50 Kalo
Compared to several other pizzerias in Naples that have been around for decades, 50 Kalo is a relative newcomer in the pizza scene, but they still serve some of the absolute best pizza in Naples. 50 Kalo is situated just a few blocks from the water in Piazza Sannazaro in Napoli. The dining experience here feels very modern with a spacious, brightly lit restaurant, and extremely prompt and friendly service. And contrary to other popular pizzerias in town, you’re more likely to get seated and enjoy your pizza here in a reasonable amount of time.
But more important than any environment element, you’re here for the pizza, and 50 Kalo makes one heck of a pizza. 50 Kalo is roughly translated as “good dough ball” and the slowly fermented dough here makes an absolute beautiful crust for every single pizza. If you read our pizza rules above, then you already know you’re getting a margherita. As for the rest? There are more than a dozen other pizza options to choose from with a good variety of classic Neapolitan pizzas and new, innovaties pies too. 50 Kalo also has a second location in London for Naples pizza fans in the UK.
081 1920 4667
2. L’antica Pizzera Da Michele
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is nothing short of an institution in Naples. The popular pizzeria has been serving inexpensive Neapolitan pizza decades, but after Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling novel Eat Pray Love became a 201 hit movie starring Julia Roberts chowing down at Da Michele, the restaurants popular has increased even more. Is it all just a bunch of hype? No. In fact, this is some of the best pizza in Naples and one of the best pizzas you will have in your entire life. The beautifully and imperfectly shaped pizzas that are served to hundreds every day at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele are truly amazing.
They only serve two pizzas here- a marinara and a margherita. Try both- the marinara doesn’t have cheese but high-quality ingredients completely shine on their own. Da Michele is a tourist attraction, to say the least- try and arrive a few minutes before they open to snag a seat without waiting for hours. The service at Da Michele isn’t anything to write home about, but for some of the best pizza in Naples at a whopping 4 Euros, we’ll take it. You can also enjoy L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Rome, Milan, Verona, Barcelona, London, Tokyo, and Fukuoka- the pizza at these franchise locations will be good but not as insanely delicious like the pies in Naples (we speak from experience).
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
081 553 9204
1. Gino Sorbillo
Gino Sorbillo, we love thee. If there’s only one Naples pizza spot we could devote our allegiance to, or just one place we’d send our friends and family if they’re visiting the birthplace of pizza, Gino Sorbillo is our number one pick. The pizza here will bring you to your knees. The crust is so perfectly charred on the edges and fluffy on the inside- it’s some of the most delicate, awe-inspiring crust you’ll encounter. The crushed tomatoes and mozzarella are magnificent in flavor and pair so well with the crust that you wonder why they ever existed without each other.
Get the margherita bufala d.o.p. (buffalo milk mozzarella rather than your standard fior di latte mozzarella) or if you’re looking something a little more substantial try the diavola (margherita with salami and chili peppers). The service here is truly exceptional and fairly quick. Gino is frequently found at the restaurant himself, greeting customers and making sure everyone is privy to enjoying some of the best pizza they’ll ever have. Gino Sorbillo has no lack of fans so plan to also arrive at his pizzeria right when they open or, alternatively, check out his waterfront location on Via Partenope for prettier views and (typically) fewer crowds.
You can also enjoy Sorbillo pizza at additional locations in Rome, Milan (second image), Genoa, and New York City.