Where To Eat In Naples, Italy: A 24 Hour Food Guide

For a city that generates a lot of differing opinions, Neapolitan cuisine is universally celebrated.
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A crowded Neapolitan street with a motorcycle rider, hanging laundry from the windows, and a fruit and vegetable stand

For a city that generates a lot of differing opinions, Neapolitan cuisine is universally celebrated. Not only is it the birthplace of pizza and home to some of the best pastries and street foods in all of Italy, but Naples has also perfected the art of la cucina povera (meaning “poor man’s cuisine”). Many recipes use simple ingredients, like seasonal vegetables and legumes to create outstanding dishes that reflect the city’s traditions and surrounding territory. If you’re looking for the best food in Naples, you won’t be disappointed by these local eateries.

Naples’ culinary heritage extends well past the humble pizza margherita to include some of the most mouthwatering dishes you’ll find throughout all of Italy. From its rum-soaked pastries and ricotta-filled flaky shells to cheesy parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmesan), fragrant fish pasta, and a tantalizing array of fried street foods in all shapes and sizes. This waterfront metropolis is a veritable feast for the senses.

Where To Eat In Naples In 24 Hours

9am: Coffee at Spazio Nea

Naples brews some of the best coffee in all of Italy. The espresso is smooth and luscious, with caramel undertones and little acidity. Start your day off with coffee at Spazio Nea, a cozy café and buzzing art gallery in Piazza Bellini. This contemporary space has a lovely atmosphere, with fresh flowers and fairy lights. You can also soak in some sunshine in the courtyard, located at the base of a grandiose 17th-century staircase. The best part? Spazio Nea is open all day and it’s a great spot for after-dinner drinks.

View of a café in a small courtyard sitting between two stairs in front of a ornate gate

10am: Sfogliatella at Pintauro

One of the city’s most beloved sweet treats is the sfogliatella. A fragrant pastry stuffed with ricotta, the sfogliatella is candied with orange peel and dusted with powdered sugar. It comes in two versions, riccia (“curly”) with thin flaky layers that resemble a lobster tail. And frolla is a softer pastry with a smooth crust for a shell. Try this treat at Pasticceria Pintauro. This pastry shop dates back to 1785 but feels very #AccidentalWesAnderson with its teal blue walls and illuminated Sans Serif “SFOGLIATELLE CALDE” sign below religious idols and bottles of limoncello.

A small pastry shop with a sign that says "Sfogliate Calde" in red letters and a glass case full of pastries

11am: Stroll Through Pignasecca

Street markets are a great place to feel the pulse of a city. So, after breakfast, head over to La Pignasecca, the city’s oldest market. Here you can mingle with locals and peruse the color stands–and even more colorful vendors. It has dozens of jewel-toned fruit and vegetable stalls and fishmongers with equally photogenic arrays of fish. The market also boasts an array of homeware, specialty food shops, clothing, and more. It’s also a great place for a quick bite to eat. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall restaurants and canteens sandwiched between stalls at the market.

1pm: Pizza at Concettina ai Tre Santi

Naples is home to thousands of pizzerias that churn out hundreds of mouthwatering pizzas every day. With so many options, it can be hard to decide where to get your fix. I’ve dutifully eaten my way through the best pizzerias in Naples and keep coming back to Concettina ai Tre Santi.

Located in the heart of Rione Sanità, this historic mainstay has recently been updated into a modern pizzeria. Sanitá stays true to its roots, however, as they still use carefully sourced ingredients to make a truly decadent pizza. Simplicity reigns supreme in Italy so stick to a traditional margherita, with juicy San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte mozzarella, and lots of fresh basil. I love the pizza and the neighborhood, so be prepared for a truly transcendental culinary experience.

Pizza in Naples

See More: The Best Pizzerias In Naples

2pm: Baba al Rhum at Poppella

Just around the corner from Concettina lies another gem in the neighborhood, the 100-year-old Pasticceria Poppella bakery. Although Poppella is best known for creating the fiocco di neve, a round ball filled with whipped cream and dusted with powdered sugar, they have an incredible array of sweet treats. Like baba al rhum, one of the city’s most famous desserts. This impossibly airy, rum-soaked sponge cake comes topped with whipped cream, chocolate, pistachio, or dotted with wild strawberries. You can also stick with a simple baba because there’s much more to eat on today’s menu.

Baba al Rhum

3pm: Fried Pizza at Pizza Fritta 1947

Naples may be known for its margherita but did you know it also serves up a delicious fried pizza? Pizza fritta is one of the city’s most beloved street foods and a longstanding tradition.

These golden calzones were traditionally made by the wives of the pizzaiolos as a way to make extra money for the family during World War II. They are stuffed with inexpensive ingredients, such as ricotta and cicioli (fatty pork bits). Today, you can find them on the menu at most pizzerias as well as friggitorias (fried food stands) around the city. Stop by Pizza Fritta 1947 to try the “Posillipo.” This treat is a spin on the classic fried pizza with rocket, lemon zest, provola, and caciocavallo cheese.

4pm: Caffè Nocciolato at Il Vero Bar del Professore

Italians believe that post-meal coffee aids digestion. And since you may be battling a food coma at this point, it’s time for your second cup of coffee. Stop by Il Vero Bar del Professore for its famous Caffè Nocciolato. This frothy espresso with cream and a sugary hazelnut paste will surely power you through the afternoon.

5pm: Fritti at Di Matteo

By now you’ll have realized that street food is everywhere you look in Naples. Neapolitans will fry almost anything such as supplì (fried rice balls) and crocchè (fried mashed potatoes). Even melanzane fritte (fried slices of eggplant) and zeppole (fried pizza dough with algae). One of the most intriguing snacks is frittatina, a deep-fried bundle of pasta with prosciutto, peas, provolone cheese, and coated in a bechamel sauce. Take your pick at Di Matteo, one of the city’s famed pizzerias and historic friggitorias.

6pm: Beer by the Bay

Goethe famously coined the phrase vedi Napoli e muori (“see Naples and die”) for its enchanting beauty. Naples is certainly one of the most enchanting cities in all of Italy, with a prominent position overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius in the distance. Don’t miss the chance to soak in the sunset by the waterfront. An experience best enjoyed with a Peroni in hand. If you head down Via Nazario Sauro you’ll see the lockout point.

8pm: Pasta at Nennella

For a delectable culinary and cultural experience, dine at Trattoria da Nennella. It is the most boisterous and heartwarming trattoria in all of Naples located in the evocative Quartieri Spagnoli. The waiters are theatrical, the location is super casual, and it’s just an all-around delightful experience. But get there early as it tends to fill up quickly. Your menu includes a mixed appetizer, first course, second course, side, and fruit–all for only €15. The pasta e patate con provola (pasta with potatoes and provola cheese) is a Neapolitan classic. And I especially love the friarielli in padella (sautéed broccoli rabe).

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