Sorting out the best pizzerias in Naples, Italy is like trying to find a diamond in a diamond mine—there are just too many gems to choose! Ever since the first Margherita pizza was created in 1889 (at one of the pizzerias on our list, no less!) the city of Naples has been the epicenter of the world’s best pizza. We’ve assembled what we think are the 10 best pizzerias in Naples based on other reputable guides to Italian food, the True Neapolitan Pizza Association, and the annual Napoli Pizza Village food festival. Now, go do one of the best things to do in Naples: Mangia!
Antica Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo
Sorbillo is not only one of the best pizzerias in Naples, but one of the oldest. The Sorbillo family has been a staple in Naples pizza since 1935, and it’s not hard to imagine why. Current Masterchef Gino Sorbillo is one of 21 children, all of whom have kept the family tradition as quality pizza-makers. Gino has won Masterchef titles in several countries and has been featured many times in magazines and even documentaries that have been broadcast all across the world by Discovery and National Geographic. Antica Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo is located in Naples, but the family has branched out to locations such as Milan, Rome, Genoa and New York City. Discover more popular dishes from different cities of Italy.
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L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is world-famous not only for its pizza, but for being the pizzeria in the bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love that changed the life of author Elizabeth Gilbert. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele tops everyone’s list of best pizzerias in Naples. Some would say it is unbeatable. The love for this pizzeria is so great that Michele recently opened up a location in Hollywood, California.
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Pizzeria La Notizia
We are of the philosophy that there is always room for more pizza. That’s why we love the fact that La Notizia, one of the most acclaimed pizzerias in Naples, has not one, but two shops on the same street. Pizzeria La Notizia 53 is the flagship pizzeria where pizza lovers can go to taste wonderfully authentic Neapolitan pizza. Just down the street, one can find Pizzeria La Notizia 94, which is the family’s experimental kitchen. Here, customers can taste modern adaptations of the traditional pizza as per the creativity of the chef, Enzo Coccia.
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There is absolutely no doubting the quality of Pizzeria Brandi’s pizza. Why? Because it is literally the birthplace of the Margherita Pizza. The pizzeria first popped up in 1780 under the name Pietro...e basta cosi (translated: Peter...and that’s enough). When it was handed over to Enrico Brandi, it was renamed Pizzeria Brandi. Through a series of family connections, Brandi was able to serve the pizza to King Umberto I and Queen Margherita di Savoia in 1889. The Queen loved pizza recipe so much that the Brandi family decided to name it after her, making it the world’s first ever Margherita pizza. Visiting Pizzeria Brandi is one of the best things to do in Naples. Check out these other must-see places in Italy, according to the locals.
In much the same way that Pizzeria La Notizia 94 is bringing classic Neapolitan pizza into the future, so too is 50 Kalò. For having only opened its doors in 2014, 50 Kalò is already recognized as one of the best spots for Naples pizza. Chef Ciro Salvo and his pizzeria have been recognized by The New York Times as “one of the best pizzas in Italy,” the “King of the dough” by L’Espresso Restaurant Guide of Italy, and one of the “100 chefs who changed Italian cuisine” (Identità Golose). 50 Kalò is also one of the top featured pizzerias in the Michelin Guide. Lastly, Salvo himself was named the Ambassador of Neapolitan pizza of the Slow Food movement.
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Da Concettina ai Tre Santi
Da Concettina ai Tre Santi is revered for its top tier pizza, butthe Oliva family that runs it is even more remarkable for their humanitarian efforts. At Da Concettina ai Tre Santi, there is what they call La Pizza Sospesa (a.k.a. “the suspended pizza”). This is pizza that, for 2.50 euros, will be delivered to people in need. This family truly believes that great pizza is for everyone to enjoy, no matter their income status. In just a three-month span, Da Concettina ai Tre Santi was able to deliver more than 500 pizzas to the Italian people. Da Concettina ai Tre Santi also makes other types of gourmet European and Italian food.
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Pizzeria Da Attilio
Like the other beloved Neapolitan pizzerias on this list, Pizzeria Da Attilio bears the prestigious title “Vera Pizza” given to them by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association. This means that the AVPN has determined that the pizza made at Pizzeria Da Attilio uses the proper ingredients and cooking methods to be considered a true representation of traditional Neapolitan pizza as it was first made in the 19th century. Pizzeria Da Attilio is the preferred pizzeria of the locals in the Montesanto neighborhood of Naples. In fact, Italian people love this pizza so much that the place usually runs out of dough before the end of the day.
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Trianon da Ciro
This world-famous Naples pizza shop got its name from the city’s best theatre, where the top performers in all of Italy came to showcase their talent. The story goes that this pizzeria was named after said theatre for two reasons: 1. The aroma and taste of the pizza was so good that the performers couldn’t resist, and 2. The pizza-makers take the same passionate, artistic approach to their pizza just as these artists did. Trianon da Ciro’s pizza is also very large, causing many people to lovingly refer to it as “a ruota del carretto,” or “a wheel of the cart”.
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Pizzeria Di Matteo
Chef Salvatore Di Matteo comes from a family that is so dedicated to pizza-making that his mother stayed at the family shop making pizza until just a few hours before giving birth to him. Now that’s dedication. Pizzeria Di Matteo’s pizza is so good that it won the 2011 Pizza World Cup. Matteo is also renowned for its fried pizza.
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L’Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba
Pizzeria Brandi may have the honor of having created the first Margherita pizza, but L’Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba is said to be the oldest pizza tavern in all of Naples. First established in 1738, the world’s first pizzeria is still a Neapolitan treasure. Port’Alba’s pizza is special for another reason, too: It is cooked in a wood-fired oven lined with lava. That’s right, lava.
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