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The flavours of Naples

Museums and churches packed with world-class art, magnificent palazzi and piazze, a panoramic view of the Mediterraneo: Naples has much to offer. Delicious food and drink are just as much part of the attraction. Welcome to the birthplace of the pizza Margherita. You will also find outstanding coffee, handmade chocolate and delectable ice cream. Below you will find three finger-licking good destinations.

The residents of Naples are not particularly known for their fondness of rules. Except when it comes to food; then everything is done by the book. Take for example the preparation of a real Neapolitan pizza. The recipe must be followed religiously, down to the kneading of the dough, the shape, the temperature and the baking time. When your piping hot pizza Margherita or marinara comes out of the wood burning oven, the pizza police will check if its perfect crispy bottom passes muster. Anywhere you see ‘vera pizza napoletana’ on a sign, menu or placemat, you can be reassured of the quality.

The best espresso in Naples
The best espresso in Naples

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In Italy an espresso is called coffee

Head to Mexico for the best espresso

The name, the vintage interior and the senior baristas may not inspire confidence, but the best espresso in Naples is served at Bar Mexico – sip it standing at the steel counter, just as the locals do. When ordering an espresso, which in Italian is just a caffè, choose from various blends of the house brand, Passalacqua, named after the man who in 1960 inaugurated the first café on the Piazza Dante. Today, the cafés are run by the fourth generation of coffeemakers. Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Dante, barmexico.it 

The creator of the pizza Margherita

The exact history of pizza may be shy on details, but the origin of the traditional Neapolitan pizza Margherita is well-known. According to legend, the pizza with tomato, mozzarella and basil – the colours of the Italian flag – was first prepared in 1889 by a pizzaiolo at restaurant Brandi in honour of the Italian queen Margaretha. Pizzeria Brandi is still around: royalty and celebrities such as Prince Albert of Monaco, opera king Luciano Pavarotti and conga queen Gloria Estefan have all come here to feast on the house specialty. Salita Sant’Anna di Palazzo, brandi.it 
Pizza Margherita born in Naples
Sample the best ice cream at Gay-Odin

An ice cream parlour and chocolate shop: a double treat

Gay-Odin is world famous in Naples for selling the best chocolate and ice cream in town. This shop has been creating homemade chocolate bars, milk or dark, with almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachio, orange, raisins, cinnamon, coffee or chili pepper since 1894. But you can also buy fine chocolates, pralines, chocolate liqueur and chocolate paste. And of course ice cream. All twenty four flavours are delicious, but the various chocolate flavours are truly outstanding. Via Toledo and Via Carducci, gay-odin.it 