I am shamelessly obsessed with Naples and, though I have been based in Rome since 2003, I have spent a great deal of time there exploring, writing guide books and filming several episodes of “Cities of the Underworld”. I am completely in love with the place and it saddens me that lots of visitors to Italy skip Naples on their way to the Amalfi Coast, squandering precious culinary and cultural opportunities in the process. Naples has one of the best food cultures in the country and its specialties scratch nearly every imaginable gastronomic itch. Here are some places I love in one of the best cities on the planet to eat:
For fritti: I Decumani (Via dei Tribunali 58-61).
For cheese: Squisitezze (via santa maria di costantinopoli).
For simple Neapolitan fare: Donna Teresa (Via Kerbaker 58), Nennella, Cantina di Via Sapienza (Via Sapienza 40-41), Cibi Cotti (Via Ferdinando Galiani 30/14 – Mercatino Rionale Torretta), ‘E Curti (east of Naples in Sant’Anastasia).
For fish: Peschiera Mattiucci (Vico Belledonne A Chiaia 27).
For pastries: Aruta (Via Porta San Gennaro 34), Mignone (Piazza Cavour 146), Angelo Carbone (Largo Regina Coeli 4).
For coffee: Bar Tico (Via del Duomo 27), Buona Merenda.
For drinks: Perditempo (Via San Pietro a Maiella 8), Trip (Via Martucci, 64).