I know this is what you’ve all been waiting for, PIZZA! Prior to visiting we did all the research we possibly could to find the best pizzerias in Naples but with one literally on every street corner, we knew the only way to find out was to ask the locals… and this is exactly what we did. Along the way on our free walking tour we stopped outside Antica Pizzeria Portalba. It is the oldest pizzeria in the Naples and with pizza being born here in the city, it of course makes it the oldest in the world.
With both an indoor restaurant and outdoor takeaway area, we snapped up two of the Magherita’s in this typically Neapolitan wallet style. It’s fair to say us Brits judge those who choose Margherita in a restaurant, but it remains the most popular here in Italy through the belief that simpler, the better. To make it ‘Neapolitan’ it must be made with San Marzano tomatoes and Mozzarella di Bufala – this is cheese made with the milk from water buffalo. You honestly have never lived life until you’ve had real mozzarella cheese!
Who knew that pizza all began from a simple flatbread, and only when it was later topped with cheese and tomatoes by the poor, it became the local speciality.
Having been to the oldest, we now needed to find the best. This wasn’t hard as you simply need to follow the crowds or keep your eyes out for the long line around the corner from Via dei Tribunali. Here you’ll find Gino Sorbillo, which we started queuing at 5.45pm for to be near the front for when it opens at 7pm. We did not regret it all, especially with a Peroni Lemon Chill in our hands from the shop next door.
It came as no surprise that this self-named pizzeria has won the accolade of best Neapolitan pizzeria in the world – its prime location, low prices and tasty pizzas won not only awards but a small place in our hearts.
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