Where is the Best Pizza in Naples?

Naples lays claim to being the mastermind behind pizza – a food that we pretty much take for granted today. However, it has long been an integral part of Italy’s history, with recipes, ingredients, and methods changing throughout the centuries.

The city boasts more than 800 pizzerias, but there are just 100 that hold a certificate from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN). This is the governing body of pizza that ensures the age-old art of proper pizza making is carried out in the traditional Neapolitan way.

These top restaurants can all be spotted by the Pizza Vera signs above their doors that are issued by the AVPN. But if you don’t want to venture around peering at the structures of each eatery, just keep your eyes peeled for the longest queue. If there aren’t a stream of locals queuing up outside a pizzeria, the chances are high that it’s not one of the best in the city.

To help you out, here are some of the best-loved pizzerias in Naples.

Sorbillo

You can instantly tell Sorbillo is a popular joint because of the queue that snakes outside it from opening until close. In fact, you might find yourself waiting up to an hour and a half for a pizza at this hotspot – but the wait is worth it. Sorbillo is famous for its huge pizzas that use fresh Campanian produce.

Gorizia

This pizzeria is one of the oldest in the city and remains a stalwart institution in the heart of Naples. Run by a local Italian family, it is best-known for keeping its doors open and its pizza ovens hot during both world wars. Over the years, numerous celebrities have sat inside the art deco interior and tucked into a traditional Neapolitan pizza.

Carminiello

For something a little more hidden, hotfoot it to Carminiello, which can be found on the outskirts of Naples. As well as delicious traditional pizza, the menu also boasts other fried goodies, like aubergines, croquettes, and arancini.

Pizzeria da Atillo

Naples’ neighbourhoods are little havens of personality, each with their own different sort of charm. Pizzeria da Atillo can be found in the Montesanto neighbourhood, an area that also boasts the oldest market in Naples. It’s a modest pizzeria, but loved by locals all round – get there early though, as its popularity means it can run out of pizzas well before closing time on a busy day.

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