Take a Food Tour of Napoli

From the coliseum of Rome to the superyachts of Capri, Italy has long heightened the bar when it comes to pristine adventures in the European sun. The place of emperors, rare art work, fine food and tantalizing wines ensures that every stay is one laced in sheer indulgence and no less so when you choose to grace the shores of Napoli. Sure Napoli gets a bad rap, sometimes the ornate streets are scattered with trash, the Vespa’s tear up the corners and the crumbling facades fade in the bounteous splash of sun.

Yet Napoli is so full of charm that at times it can make your heart feel like bursting, old men gesticulate wildly in the streets, someone throws a television out the window, paper bags overflow with fresh produce and tiny streets stay hidden to the untrained eye. This is a place of fabulous food fare and if you have never torn your teeth into a pizza on these shores then you have never truly lived.

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A food tour of Napoli doesn’t have to be anything more than wandering the maze of streets and dining out at every given chance. From top end white linen restaurants to back street basement joints, every morsel is as close to magic as you could get.

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Start the day with a shot of pure velvet black espresso or a creamy cappuccino, paired with a flaky pastry oozing ricotta cheese. Later for lunch Pizzeria Brandi claims to have invented the margerita pizza, with its simple joys of blending fresh homemade tomato sauce with silky buffalo mozzarella and fragrant basil. With dough bases as crisp and light as air you are sure to be in pizza heaven without a fight.

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After wandering the ashen streets of Pompeii and checking out the early years of Caravaggio you can celebrate with a glass of prosecco and platter of cured meats or something sweet with lemon gelato. When the stars flutter in the sky find a local joint without the frills and order up Spaghetti all Puttanesca or slow baked Parmigiana di Melanzane paired with a perfect ruby wine.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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