The Ultimate Naples Pizza Tour | How to Get There, Where to Eat, and How We Wish We Ate More

The Ultimate Naples Pizza Tour | How to Get There, Where to Eat, and How We Wish We Ate More

Once we knew we were going to have Italy as the last stop on our trip around the world, our minds started racing on all of the things we could do. We knew we wanted to go to Venice, Tuscany, Florence, and Rome, but there has always been a dream of ours to go see another less touristy part of Italy, Naples.

More than anything, this dream of going to Naples was about one thing, pizza. Growing up in Italian households in New Jersey, pizza has been a staple to both of our diets for our entire lives. When we’re desperate for comfort food, pizza has always been one of our go to choices. So going to the home of the “best pizza in the world”, where it all began, seemed like destiny for our Italy adventures.

How to Get to Naples:

At this point, we were in Rome without a car, so the only real option was to take the train. Italy has a fantastic train system, they have expensive fast trains–think Amtrak Acela trains–or regional slow trains. With this only being a day trip, we decided it was worth it to spring for the expensive fast train. The Frecciarossa train was even better than we imagined. There were many different times to choose from and it took only an hour to get from Rome to Naples. The trains are also in great condition and offer excellent views of the Italian countryside. *Note: this is not sponsored in any way, we just loved the train!

In terms of pizza crawling purposes, we took a 10:00 am train from Roma Termini to ensure we were in Naples before lunch. We arrived at Napoli Centrale just past 11:00 with our bellies growling for some pizza.  We wanted to discover the best pizza in Naples Italy. Naples did not stand a chance.

Best Pizza in Naples Italy Sauce Pie Da Michele

Naples Italy Pizza Crawl

This was not simply going to be a one stop shop. When we’re visiting the most famous city in the world for pizza, we’re going to eat A LOT of pizza. We were determined to find the best pizza in Naples Italy. This city is home to some of the oldest pizzerias in the world, and we finally felt ready. We took a cab from the train station to the first pizzeria as it was a cold and rainy day. When doing our research, we knew what our first stop had to be.

L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele may very well be the most famous pizzeria in the world. Famously seen in Eat, Pray, Love and other Hollywood films, this pizzeria screams history. We arrived at 11:30 a.m.. We were given a ticket to wait outside.  Thankfully, we just beat the rush as we only had to wait 10-15 minutes, but the line was crazy by the time we left an hour later.

Walking inside this pizzeria felt like a walk into the 1900s. Simple, rustic, and perfect. We sat down and looked over the two choices on our menu, a pie with just sauce or a pie with cheese. We clearly got one of each and let the brick oven work its magic.

Both pies were uniquely different, with the sauce giving more Italian spices flavoring and the cheese one being the classic Neapolitan brick oven pie. We preferred the cheese one, but both of these may have already been the best pizza we ever had.

Best Pizza in Naples Italy Brick Oven Da Michele pizza

Crawling to the Pizza Street

No pizza crawl in Naples is complete without a trip to Via dei Tribunali. After our first stop, we walked over–it’s about a fifteen minute walk. A pizza lover’s paradise, this “pizza street” is littered with brick ovens and the smell of dough, sauce, and cheese. 

We started our Pizza Street tour with a stop at Pizzeria Di Matteo. With a long line outside, we were intimidated and worried that we would not be able to get our precious pizza. Fortunately, we quickly learned, that this street is set up to take your pizza to go.

Portafoglio–translated to wallet in Italian–is the traditional way to take your pizza to go. The pizzeria will fold up your pizza into three or four layers and it makes it very easy to walk and eat. With this being brick oven pizza, this was a small round pizza and not a slice , so it was a little bit different than the traditional NY fold.

Di Matteo ended up being our favorite pizza we have ever eaten. The combination of sauce, dough, and just the single piece of mozzarella was pure perfection. We could not get enough of this and debated going back for more versus continuing our crawl.

Best Pizza in Naples Italy

Bittersweet Ending to the Best Pizza in Naples Italy

Our final stop was only a short walk from Di Matteo so we rolled our way down the cobblestone street. We finished with another portafoglio pizza from Pizzeria i Decumani. This was our least favorite of the day. It just did not compete flavor wise as our first two. Regardless, we do think we had the best pizza in Naples Italy on this day, so we were still happy. 

With that all being said, Joe was not done eating–I feel like we say this a lot. We turned this pizza crawl into a sfogliatella crawl too! One of Joe’s favorite Italian desserts, Naples is famous for these. They are a crusty, orange zest, cream filled pastry of deliciousness. We stopped at Pasticceria Capparelli and were blown away with the flavors.

In typical MLT fashion, we ate one and then proceeded to order three more to take back with us. We were incredibly full, but also incredibly happy.

Back to Rome

We walked out of Via Dei Tribunali onto Via Duomo. We quickly got a cab there and made back to our 2:30 train back to Rome with plenty of time to spare. In our opinion, if you were doing a day trip, this was the perfect amount of time to be in Naples for pizza. We ate an incredible amount of food, and did not need to rush around.

Our only regret? We wish we stayed in Naples! It was such a unique city with a much more blue collar feel, in a good way, than the rest of Italy. We wish we stayed and took the underground tour of the city–how cool is that! Also, this could be a great jumping off point to go to Mount Vesuvius or to the Amalfi Coast. Either way don’t skip Naples all together, it has more to offer than just pizza!

Naples Pizza Street Pinterest

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Joe is the husband of this duo! He loves traveling, the New York Giants, and sandwiches.

19 Comments

  1. June 16, 2018 / 12:54 AM

    This really looks like an epic pizza tour 🙂 It kind of made me hungry for one of them. Great blog.

    • Joe & Alicia
      June 16, 2018 / 9:45 AM

      Thanks!

  2. June 14, 2018 / 2:32 PM

    What a delicious post. I’m very picky with my pizza, but everything I see here looks divine. I’m surprised the famous L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele only serves two kinds of pizza – with sauce or with cheese. I’d have preferred the cheese one as well. Have not made it Naples yet and can’t wait to explore the pizza like you did!

  3. June 14, 2018 / 1:19 PM

    Oh yummy!! Everything looks so good. What a fun adventure – in the hunt for the best Naples pizza. It’s interesting that L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, only had two options for pizza – with cheese or with sauce. Surprisingly limited! Though sound delightful. Hope to follow your pizza adventure soon.

    • Joe & Alicia
      June 14, 2018 / 3:17 PM

      Thanks Rosemary! It was SO so tastey 🙂

  4. June 14, 2018 / 12:43 PM

    Pizza hopping in Naples! Come hungry, leave happy! Glad to know where to get the famous pizza from Eat, Pray Love! Can’t think of a more glorious way to spend my time! A must pin!!!

    • Joe & Alicia
      June 14, 2018 / 3:16 PM

      Haha love the slogan 🙂 Thanks Victoria!

  5. June 14, 2018 / 11:37 AM

    Where have I been all these years? I’ve only heard of pub crawl (sounds like I’m an alcoholic but I’m not, I swear!) but would totally choose pizza crawl instead at any given day! I love powdery thin crusted pizza. Yuumm! I hope more of those are served in Asia. 🙁

    • Miles Less Traveled
      June 14, 2018 / 2:24 PM

      Right?! Pizza crawl all the way! Hope they make more in Asia soon, or you can make it to Naples sometime!

  6. Aireona
    June 14, 2018 / 9:16 AM

    I had no idea that there was one particular restaurant that showed up in a bunch of movies. That’s really fascinating. I’m glad it was worth the hype; looks so fun!

    • Joe & Alicia
      June 14, 2018 / 9:30 AM

      It was SO fun!

  7. June 14, 2018 / 2:53 AM

    What a yummy post!!! I can imagine the taste of the world’s best pizza in a rainy day. Truly a comfort food!!! Per pizza cost? I guess bit pricey or?

    • Joe & Alicia
      June 14, 2018 / 8:06 AM

      It wasn’t expensive actually! Da Michele was only 4 or 5 euro! The others were about the same too.

  8. June 13, 2018 / 8:01 PM

    Oh my god, reading your post is making me crave some delicious Italian pizza! I’d love to visit Naples to check out those pizzerias, Italy has so many yummy foods it’s almost unfair ahah.

    • Joe & Alicia
      June 13, 2018 / 9:14 PM

      Isn’t it just the best??? If only our stomachs could live in Italy forever…

  9. Nerissa
    June 13, 2018 / 4:56 PM

    I just got back from exploring Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, but only flew in and out of Naples. I’d love to go back and spend a few days exploring Naples. Pizza is always good in Italy but I have heard that you can’t beat the ones in Naples. Looks so delicious!

    • Joe & Alicia
      June 14, 2018 / 3:16 PM

      Totally! I can’t wait to get back to exploring!

  10. June 13, 2018 / 1:03 PM

    I only had a short day in Naples when I went but I definitely made sure to eat the pizza. and I must say they really the best pizza hands down. Probably going back and spend more time in Southern Italy next time. This is very helpful! And that sfogliatella looks so good OMG!

    • Miles Less Traveled
      June 13, 2018 / 2:42 PM

      Yes!! We want to plan a trip back solely to eat pizza in Naples, and def try the sfogliatella when you go if you can!

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