Eating in Naples

 


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ClassHotel 3 star

AreaStazione Centrale

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Getting to know Naples also means being attracted by the strong tastes of its cuisine. To most foreigners "Italian cuisine" is a synonym of Neapolitan cuisine. Its main ingredients are fruits and vegetables from the countryside such as tomatoes , eggplants, garlic, onions, oregano, olive oil, aromatic herbs and home-made bread.
The principal protein source is seafood including clams, mussels, octopus, squid, shrimp, and a wide variety of locally caught fish. The bland Mozzarella cheese obtained from buffalo milk is renowned all around the world.
Naples is the proud birthplace of pizza: halfway between refined cuisine and traditional working-class meal, Neapolitan pizza became one of the main dishes and a symbol of Neapolitan cuisine in the 18th Century. It was finally consecrated in 1889, when the famous pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito offered it to the Queen Margherita di Savoia. The recipe the queen liked best was topped with mozzarella fiordilatte, tomatoes and basil, later named Pizza Margherita in her honour.

If you wish to taste a good Neapolitan pizza head for:

If you want to taste traditional Neapolitan home-cooking, head for:

Besides the thin crusted, oven-fired, tomato and cheese delight we call pizza, the primary focus of most Neapolitan menus centers around fish. Moreover, many seasonal pastries are able to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Neapolitan favourite main courses are:

Neapolitans like the taste of good mature cheese: have a try of the strong flavoured scamorza, uncooked kneaded-paste cheese, available smoked or stuffed with vegetables, or caciocavallo, half-cooked kneaded paste cheese.

If you have a sweet tooth don't miss the classical:

Every meal should end with a coffee and a so-called "ammazzacaffè", after dinner liqueur such as the renowned limoncello, obtained infusing lemon skins into alcohol.

Wines

The best wines to accompany your meal are:

Restaurants