Visiting Naples is always an experience, not just for its artistic and cultural treasures, but also (and primarily) for its local cuisine. Famous in Italy and worldwide, Neapolitan cuisine is very diverse, rich and flavoursome. 

    The locals love to go out to eat good food, whether at a community deli, a cosy old osteria, a historic cafe or a must-try pizzeria. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to local food in Naples. We've selected the best local restaurants in Naples, all of which offer the truest flavours using family recipes that date back generations.  

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    L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele

    A local favourite for traditional Italian pies

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    L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele is a historic pizza joint that’s been around since 1906. It'll only take a few minutes to scan the menu and make your choice – its only specialities are and have always been the humble Margherita and marinara pizzas. 

    This casual pizzeria is along a side street off Corso Umberto I, around 450 metres north of Piazza Mercato. Sometimes you may need to queue for a while to get a table. However, chatting to fellow customers (most of whom are locals) in the line is all part of the experience.

    Location: Via Cesare Sersale, 1, 80139 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to midnight (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +39 081 553 9204

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    Pizzeria Brandi

    The supposed birthplace of pizza

    • Food
    • History

    Pizzeria Brandi is supposedly where pizza was invented in Naples. Legend has it that in 1889, Raffaele Esposito made the world's first ever pizza, personally dedicating it to Queen Margherita of Savoy.

    Along with the obligatory Margherita pizza, you can also try the delicious pastiera napoletana (cooked wheat, eggs and ricotta tart, flavoured with orange blossom water). Prices are reasonable, too. Pizzeria Brandi is particularly elegant inside, with greenery on every table and antique paintings on the walls.

    Location: Salita Sant'Anna di Palazzo, 1-2, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Daily from 12.30 pm to 4 pm and from 6.30 pm to midnight

    Phone: +39 081 416 928

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    Sfogliatella Mary

    Enjoy sweet treats at this iconic Neapolitan patisserie

    • Food
    • Budget

    Neapolitan cuisine’s not all pizza, pasta and fish. It’s perhaps even more world-famous for its sweet treats! Of all the patisseries scattered throughout Naples, Sfogliatella Mary is one of the most original and characteristic patisseries in Naples. This tiny outlet, which has a counter directly facing the streets, offers a wide range of Neapolitan desserts for takeaways. 

    Must-tries include the signature sfogliatella (shell-shaped filled pastry) and babà (syrup and liquor sponge cake), which are freshly baked daily. You'll recognise Sfogliatella Mary in Galleria Umberto I, an elegant shopping gallery dating back to the 19th century.

    Location: Galleria Umberto I, 66, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8.30 pm

    Phone: +39 081 402 218

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    Friggitoria Vomero

    A family-run fry joint in Naples

    • Food
    • History

    Friggitoria Vomero is a small, family-run deli in Via Domenico Cimarosa, near the Piazza Fuga railway station. It remains virtually unchanged since it first opened in 1938. 

    You can choose from a variety of fried specialities from the countertop display, such as crocché (fried breaded mashed potato and egg), paste cresciute (dough fritters), arancini (fried breaded rice balls), melanzane in padella (pan-fried aubergine), and scagliozzi di polenta (fried polenta slices). If you're pressed for time, the restaurant offers a cuoppo (takeaway packaging) of your favourite fried treats.

    Location: Via Domenico Cimarosa, 44, 80129 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm and from 5 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +39 081 578 3130

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    Cibi Cotti Nonna Anna

    A traditional restaurant in Mergellina

    • Food
    • Budget

    Cibi Cotti Nonna Anna (Italian for ‘Granny Anna’s cooked food’) has a homey atmosphere that reminds locals of the good old days. You'll dine on paper tablecloths alongside regulars, though you might also spot the odd tourist with backpacks slung over their shoulders  

    It offers fantastic value for money – a few euros can get youa hearty portion of fresh pasta, lasagne, polpette (meatballs), or fritture di pesce (fried fish), depending on the daily specials. You can find Cibi Cotti Nonna Anna at the end of Mercato Coperto della Torretta (Torretta Covered Market), just a short walk from Lungomare Caracciolo and Porto di Mergellina (Mergellina Marina). 

    Location: Mercato della Torretta, Via Ferdinando Galiani, 30, 80122 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 3.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +39 081 682 844

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    Gran Caffè Gambrinus

    Enjoy excellent coffee in this 19th-century cafe

    • Food
    • History

    Enjoying an espresso at the historic Gran Caffè Gambrinus is a must-do, especially if you're a coffee lover. Located in Via Chiaia, this cafe is decorated in Liberty style, with stuccos and paintings from the end of the 19th century. 

    Gran Caffè Gambrinus has always been a meeting point for artists, writers, philosophers and politicians. Besides its illustrious clientele, the cafe is also known as the birthplace of a charitable tradition called caffè sospeso. You can take part in this concept by paying for 2 coffees, one for you and another for a customer who can't afford one.

    Location: Via Chiaia, 1-2, 80132 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Friday from 7 am to 2 am, Saturday from 7 am to 3 am, Sunday–Thursday from 7 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +39 081 417 582

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    Trattoria Nennella

    A great place to dine among local families

    • Food
    • Unusual

    Trattoria Nennella is a simple and homey restaurant that specialises in genuine Neapolitan dishes. It's in Vico Lungo Teatro Nuovo, about 150 metres west of the Toledo subway station. 

    We recommend the pasta con patate e provola (pasta with potatoes and provolone cheese), zuppa di fagioli con calamari (bean soup with squid) and pennette al ragù e ricotta (penne with ragu and ricotta cheese). The restaurant is very popular with families, especially at dinnertime. It's best to get there early or avoid peak times as it doesn't accept bookings.

    Location: Vico Lungo Teatro Nuovo, 103-105, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 3 pm and from 7 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +39 081 414 338

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    Pasticceria Tizzano

    A long-running bakeshop that created the world's first babà

    • Food
    • History

    Pasticceria Tizzano is a long-running bakery in Naples' historic centre, just a short walk of Central Station Naples and Piazza Nazionale. It's well known throughout the city mainly for its fresh babà (syrup and liquor sponge cake), which come in different sizes and variations. You can try the classic version, before moving on to more experimental flavours like rum, limoncello, all'amarena (black cherry), and alla crema (custard).

    Pasticceria Tizzano also specialises in many traditional Neapolitan pastries. Some of its best offerings include sfogliatelle (shell-shaped filled pastry), pastiere (cooked wheat, eggs and ricotta tart, flavoured with orange blossom water), struffoli (sweet deep fried balls), mustaccioli (chocolate-covered spiced cake), and casatielli (ring-shaped stuffed bread). 

    Location: Corso Meridionale, 16, 80143 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7.30 am to 8.30 pm, Sunday from 7.30 pm to 3 pm

    Phone: +39 081 554 4521

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    Rosticceria Imperatore

    For high-quality Napolean street food

    • Food
    • History

    Rosticceria Imperatore is a must-try for Neapolitan street food. Opened in 1906 and still managed by the descendants of the original owner, it has a friendly and informal dining atmosphere. The large and well-lit window displays classic deli specialities like pasta fritta (fried dough), crocché (fried breaded mashed potato and egg), arancini (fried breaded rice balls), and graffe (doughnuts with potato and lemon base), scagliozzi (fried polenta).

    If you're looking for a filling meal, Rosticceria Imperatore offers traditional Campania dishes like pizza and calzoni as well as seasonal meat, pasta and rice dishes. Best of all, it opens until 1 am so it's great if you're craving a snack after a night out in Naples.

    Location: Viale Colli Aminei, 66, 80131 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 8 am to 1 am (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +39 081 743 5629

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    Trattoria Enoteca Campagnola

    Enjoy comforting Neapolitan dishes in the historic centre

    • Food
    • Budget

    Trattoria Enoteca Campagnola is in the centre of Naples' historic district, within walking distance of historic landmarks like San Lorenzo Maggiore, Purgatorio ad Arco, and Palazzo Spinelli di Laurino. To find this old restaurant, simply look for a sign on the door that says ‘Good, homemade food and low prices’. 

    Since 1946, this family-run trattoria has been the locals' go-to for traditional Neapolitan dishes. Standouts include friarielli con salsicce ai mezzanelli lardiati (long-tube pasta with broccoli rabe and sausages), baccalà fritto (fried salted codfish) and the occasional innovative option, like pizza racchetta (racket-shaped pizza). Trattoria Enoteca Campagnola's well-stocked wine cellar contains some of the best Italian labels.

    Location: Via dei Tribunali, 47, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy

    Open: Daily from 12.30 pm to 4 pm and from 7.30 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +39 081 459 034

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