If you want to start a fight in Naples, ask to have pineapple on your pizza. Or egg. Or even olives, or anchovies. Neopolitans feel very strongly about pizza – after all they invented it – and a true pizza only has tomato, mozzarella and a few leaves of basil. And it must be cooked in a wood-fired oven. This is the Pizza Margherita which the pizzeria Brandi – the oldest in Naples established in 1780 – claims to have invented in 1889 for Queen Margherita. Each year a competition is held judging the best pizza in Naples. Here are five of those which end up on the list year in year out: they’re worth travelling that extra mile for, and even waiting in line.
1. Pizzeria Da Michele, via Cesare Sersale 3. This is the one made famous by Eat, Pray, Love. There was always a queue outside because it’s been famous for a while but Elizabeth Gilbert and Julia Roberts have doubled that waiting time.
2. Pizzeria De Matteo, via Tribunale 94. Founded in 1936, they have the wood-fired oven and the traditional Margherita using local tomatoes as tradition demands but they also break the rules a little. Try Pizza Fritta – deep fried pizza with lots of cheeses and tomato.
Photo courtesy of Valerio Capello via Wikipedia.