Neapolitan Food, Restaurants, and Recipes

Neapolitan cooking is a world unto itself. Simple and always fresh, pizza and pasta were invented here. The open markets everywhere sell fresh fish. What’s more, the vegetables and fruits grow here in abundance thanks to the fertile soil. I recommend the book Naples At Table by Arthur Schwartz for a comprehensive guide through Neapolitan cooking. If you read Italian, Il Cuoco Galante can be found at any Italian bookstore and is worth the read: Vincenzo Corrado was the celebrated gastronome of the Enlightenment period who cooked for royalty here in Naples.

Here, I provide a smattering of recipes and restaurant recommendations for the beginning of your exploration of food in Naples. I’ve also included ancient Roman recipes just for fun.

Pizza Napoletana

Pizza Margherita

Pizza A Metro

Japanese Restaurants


Fast Food


International Pasta Day

Vincenzo Corrado

Luciano Pignataro

Lazzaroni and Pasta

Mozzarella di Bufala

The Wine Shop

Southern Italian Wine


Ancient Roman Recipes

Pasta Sauces


Grilled Fish

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Spaghetti alle Vongole


Ragu alla Napoletana

Pasta History

Calamari Fritti