Top 10 Pizzerias in Naples, Italy: Home to the World’s Finest Pizza

By: Simona Piccinelli / Last updated: March 22, 2024

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The Ten (almost) Best Pizzerias in Naples (Napoli)

This year, I decided to celebrate the New Year with some amici in Naples, and I bet them that we would discover the best pizzeria in Naples by eating nothing but pizza for our entire five-day stay. I won the bet (thanks to Sant’Antonio Abate, the patron saint of bakers?), although I might have put on a few extra kilos 🙂 New Year’s Eve was the only day almost all pizzerias were closed. So we welcomed the New Year in the beautiful Piazza Plebiscito and Castel dell Ovo, watching spectacular fireworks after a delicious seafood dinner.

Pizza baked in wood burning oven

La Vera Pizza (Neapolitan Pizza Association ) of Napoli has a few basic golden rules:

  • It can only be cooked in wood-burning brick ovens.
  • The crust has to be soft and light; that’s why the dough is made the day before it’s used, allowing the yeast to rise for at least 10/15 hours.
  • the pizzaiolo (pizza maker) must be a real maestro; the dough stretching technique is essential, and you need at least 2/3 years of apprenticeship to become a pizzaiolo

We visited many, many, many pizzerias, and now we can list our definitive ten best pizzas in Naples :

1. Da Michele

Da Michele Pizzeria
Image courtesy of Da Michele Pizzeria

Let’s begin by addressing what some might view as inconveniences: the restaurant embraces a rustic, nearly spartan “no frills” atmosphere; it does not accept reservations, requiring everyone to wait in line (we encountered a queue of 40 people!); and it offers just two kinds of pizza. Nothing but the pizza Margherita and pizza marinara here, using only fiordilatte cow´s milk and sweet, enticing San Marzano tomatoes. So why do we recommend this place? This is the best pizza in Naples, in our opinion!!! The Condurros have been making pizzas for their hungry patrons since 1870, catering to everyone from tourists and local Napoletani to VIPs. They take special pride in having had the famous soccer player Maradona as a diner!

2. Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente

Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente

Right in the heart of Spaccanapoli, the historic center of Naples, Signore Ernesto Cacialli welcomed us with a huge smile. Pizzaiolo since the time he was 7 (!!!), Ernesto invited former US president Bill Clinton – who was in Naples for G8 – to taste his creations (back in 1994). Since then, his pizzeria  (the “president´s” pizzeria) was re-named in his honor. Buono!

3. Brandi

Brandi Pizzeria

Close to the elegant Chiaia neighborhood and Piazza Plebiscito, this location is the birthplace of the mythical “pizza Margherita.” Although pizzas have been around in one form or another since Ancient Roman times, Raffaele Esposito is credited with creating the Margherita. He worked at this very pizzeria (established in 1780,) and in 1889, they asked him to bake three different kinds of pizza for the royal visit of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Savoy. The Queen’s favorite was a pizza with the Italian flag colors: basil leaves for green, mozzarella for white, and tomatoes for red. He named Pizza Margherita in her honor; this is how this pizza is still universally known. Brandi is one of the more elegant and atmospheric pizzerias, offering many traditional Napoletano side dishes. While Italians tend to drink beer with pizza, they also provide some lovely Falanghina white wines and Aglianico-based reds here.

4. Di Matteo

Pizzeria di Matteo

Founded in 1936 by Salvatore Di Matteo, the pizzeria was then managed by the “scugnizzi pizzaioli” (street urchin pizzaioli kids, usually poor, going to school only when they had to and spending a lot of time hanging out in the narrow streets of Naples) that used to work for him. Today, it is run by Raffaele Marigliano, who 50 years ago created a fantastic pizza con alici e cicinielli (anchovies and newborn very, very little fish, not produced anymore). You cannot miss the pizza fritta, a deep-fried pizza with ricotta cheese, provola cheese, tomato sauce, and sugna (lard). Heaven on earth!

5. Sorbillo

Pizzeria Sorbillo

This is another pizza “temple” in the “centro storico” of Naples, run today by Geno Sorbillo, a 3rd generation pizza-making family member. Sorbillo can also deliver to your home or hotel (in the historic center of Naples), and you can order online.

6. Da Ettore

Right on the seafront, facing the pretty Castel dell’Ovo marina/fortress on the elegant Santa Lucia boulevard (where politicians, actors, and tourists frequent), the pizza here is truly excellent. But apart from pizza, they also excel in the “frittura all’italiana,” a sinfully delicious mix of deep-fried aubergines (eggplant), zucchini, mozzarella, arancini (rice croquettes), cauliflower, potato croquettes, zeppulelle con alghe (salty doughnut-like fried thingie with seaweed).

7. Lombardi 1892

Pizzeria Lombardi 1892

Close to the fabulous Archaeological Museum of Naples, home to the fascinating Erotic Room of Pompeii mosaics and the Farnese collection, Enrico Lombardi founded Pizzeria Lombardi at the turn of the century. Before establishing his pizzeria in Naples, he sold pizza in Brazil. Nowadays, his grandsons, Nando and Gigi, run it. They also offer a variety of simple, perfectly executed dishes, but the pizza is what you come for. Their specialty is pizza with smoked provola cheese. yummmmmmmmm.

8. Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba – Oldest pizzeria in Naples!

Antica Pizzeria Port Alba

This is the oldest pizzeria in Naples and Italy. Founded in 1738 as a street food seller, it became a real pizzeria in 1830. Vincenzo Luciano is the 5th generation to run the business.

9. La Notizia

Pizzeria La Notizia

Named after the movie (the owner, Enzo Coccia, loves Citizen Kane), this pizzeria only opens for dinner, allowing the yeast to create the perfect dough. A real treat is the pizza bianca—without tomatoes—with Scarola salad, aubergines (eggplant), and provola cheese. It is not located in a touristy neighborhood, but it is absolutely worth going to the upper part of the town to reach it. Authentic Napoli.


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72 thoughts on “Top 10 Pizzerias in Naples, Italy: Home to the World’s Finest Pizza

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May 14, 2018 at 9:39 pm

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July 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

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May 16, 2014 at 9:32 pm

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April 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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February 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm

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August 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

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Antonio Cosentinosays:

August 19, 2013 at 7:02 am

Any real Italian knows the one true spot of the best pizza in the world. Just outside of Salerno, "La Pizzeria dei Dei" or Pizzeria of the Gods, and it truly is. The difference: Mozzarella di Bufala made that morning. in my opinion, this pizzeria is even better than these other truly amazing pizzeria napoletane. Ciao!


May 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm


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April 6, 2013 at 12:35 am

"Mater Dei" in the Sanita', old part of Naples. Here is where any dispute on the best pizza terminates.


March 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

The next best thing to Naples,when in the Boston area, is Charcoal Guido's in Waltham, Ma.... the best Neapolitan pizza... imported Italian wood fired oven...check it out if you are in Boston.

Dean Medicosays:

December 3, 2012 at 5:34 am

I've been to a few of these places in Napoli, they're always an experience. For an equally satisfying experience, http:/ is a mobile truck doing authentic pizza Napoletana in the NY metro area. Incredible!!!

Phil Forussays:

October 24, 2012 at 4:01 am

recently been to BRANDI - quite ok but nothing exceptionally special....

Agostino Vitiellosays:

April 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Thank so much, I visit the Naples .When eating the pizza at there i feel that pizza is so delicious and tasty,Thanks for giving such information.

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February 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

Quiero una receta de masa y salsa para mi pizzeria en golfito costa rica


January 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

Can't wait to go back to Naples and try these places!!! When I'm not in Naples Italy, I eat at Rosedale Brick Oven Pizzeria ( in Naples, FLORIDA! It is just like I remember having it in Naples Italy! I'm lucky to have them all within a 30 minute drive of my house!!! LOVE THEM!

Pizza a domiciliosays:

January 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Questo post ha cambiato il mio modo di vedere la pizza :) Pizza = Gold :)


January 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Nice write-up, but the pictures do not match the pizzerias in some cases. The pizza pictured under Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente is from Da Michele, the oven under Di Matteo is not from is a coal oven, likely from NYC and the oven under Lombardi is the oven at Lombardi's on Spring Street in NYC, not from Lombardi in Napoli. Not sure if the pictures got mixed up some how. --K


December 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Wow. Now I'm dreaming about going to Naples. Wonderful post.


December 26, 2011 at 7:25 am

This post was a great read! So helpful, that I link to it in my latest blog post: Hopefully I will get the chance to visit one of these places when I get to Naples!

Gianni C. Balestrasays:

November 6, 2011 at 1:50 am

I am in the process of opening a wood burning pizzeria in Ottawa Canada. It is my second attempt.the first location opened almost 27 years ago successful. Having read the article 10 best pizzeria I am now most anxious to open. Pizza is one of my favourite foods. Thanks for wetting my appetite. Hoping to someday to be included in the top 100. "BUON APPETTITO" Gianni


October 27, 2011 at 2:46 am

I was in Napoli in January and enjoyed Sorbillo's far more than da Michele's in taste and service. The pizza was burnt at da Michele's and the guy asked for a tip before I had a chance to stand up!


October 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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June 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

i like pizza :)

Eloise Tuckersays:

June 3, 2011 at 3:38 am

Going to be in Naples on a cruise ship in August. What is the best pizza place closest to the cruise terminal?


May 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

@ Mae: train station is NAPOLI CENTRALE

Annika Appelinsays:

May 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Going to Napoli in 3 weeks-cant wait to eat pizza every day!


May 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm

i will be in rome this august..and i have included in my itinerary to visit naples to try pizza in DA Michele. please advise which train station in naples is the closest one to DA michele? from rome termini to where?? thanks in advance


May 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Does anyone know of pizza places in Italy that toss the pizza dough??? I've always wanted to go to a place that tosses the dough in front of you (like in the american express commercial). SO fun!


April 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

We went to Italy last year and we went to Naples but were so full from breakfast we didn't go to try the pizza and regretted it terribly but we did go to Lucca in Tuscany and had it there on a different day and it was just a little pizza convenience store type place and it was the best pizza I had ever had also the margarite yummy never tasted anything like it wish I could remember the name and it was cheap. God I can still taste that sauce I swear you can taste that italian sunhine in the tomatoes. God I wanna go back so bad

Conor - Hidden Palettesays:

January 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for the great list of Neapolitan pizzerias I found it really useful on a recent trip to Naples, I thought Di Matteo and il Presidente were particularity good, but Da "now a shrine to Julia Roberts" Michele hugely tacky, full of tourists and also overpriced compared to most other places in the area but that said the pizza was good. Keep up the good work!

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November 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

you should try the pizza's out of Valentinos ITALIA, in Rostrevor, Co.Down, Ireland, they taste like pizzas you would get in italy.

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Alice Coopersays:

November 2, 2010 at 5:31 am

I work on a cruise ship and I ate two Marinara today, and the one from Castello Nouvo (near the port)was almost as good as Da Michele, Antonio does a wondrful job :D

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October 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm

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October 22, 2010 at 9:51 pm


Jaime Gsays:

September 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I live in Naples. #1 on the list, Da Michele, is my #1 on the list, I take friends when they come to town.

Dave Riegersays:

September 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Well our last day in Naples and we are heading out for the "Best Pizza" in Naples at Da Michel's!!! We will let you know how it goes!


August 14, 2010 at 8:49 am

Thanks Lisa. What´s your favorite pizzeria in Napoli?


August 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

What a great round up! I just thought I would let you know that the picture you have of Lombardi's is Lombardi's in NYC, not Naples.

Jim Kippingsays:

August 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm

It's true, THE best pizza in the world. Seen on many TV show's in the US. When we lived in Bella Napoli back in the 80's I swore I would one day make pizza as good as these guys. Now I just am finishing completion of my very own 42" wood fired oven (WFO) and my first two batches of Pizza Napalitana were RIGHT ON! Imported Tipo 00 flour, San M. Tomato's from Napoli, and even Mazzarella di Buffala too. It tasted just like this!! Thanks Da Michele!!


July 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Just to let you know, Da Ettore no longer exists... Arrived in Napoli late evening just passing through and would have liked to try it...right now sitting at Borgo Antico, will let you know how it is!

Paul R Hull City Fan :-/says:

May 12, 2010 at 11:55 am

Great info. Just returned from touring Aus/NZ and could not find an authentic pizza. I am going to Napoli on Monday next week and will be checking some of these out. Anyone with recomendations for good seafood restuarants and local wines?? Forza Napoli !!

Jonnie Scotlandsays:

April 17, 2010 at 3:15 am

I work on a cruise ship and I ate two Marinara today, and the one from Castello Nouvo (near the port)was almost as good as Da Michele, Antonio does a wondrful job :D


April 4, 2010 at 12:07 am

Awesome! We leave in 4 weeks and will make sure to go to atleast 2 of these places! Thanks so much for the suggestions. GRAZIA!


March 14, 2010 at 11:15 pm

best pizza in the world is in naples! No where else


February 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm

posso solo dire provate la pizza ddel ristorante e pizzeria napoli 1820 in viale gramisci napoli


December 15, 2009 at 5:47 am

What a spectacular tour! I cannot wait to visit with my family in Naples next summer and experience some of these places for myself... it'll be a steady diet of pizza and mornings started with sfogliatelle liscie...better book a hiking tour of the Himalayas afterwards to work it all off :-) Thanks for the great piece!

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November 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I am a big pizza maker from Naples, but ;WHEN IN ITALY?


October 30, 2009 at 3:23 am

What great tips!!! I wished I discovered your blog earlier so that I could have tried those while still living in Italy. Will check out ALL your recommendations when I've planned my next trip! Thanks for sharing. » Roberta’s Named Best Naples Pizza in NYCsays:

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October 8, 2009 at 3:36 am

that was the best pizza


September 4, 2009 at 11:54 pm

thanks for sharing....


June 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for this compilation! I just arrive in Naples today and crossing off the pizzerias on this list will be the highlight of my visit! Grazie!


May 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Hi Angela, Thanks for the link and we are indeed on Twitter, here is the link-


May 30, 2009 at 1:58 am

Thank you very much for your wonderful post. I lived in Napoli for two years off of Posslipo (spelling) when I was very young. When I first tasted buffalo mozeralla on my pizza no other pizza in the world could ever match it's flavor. I will be in Napoli for three whole days in Sept 09. I plan to take your list with me and see if I can try every single place (which I doubt I could). Any chance of knowing the best place that makes Spagetti Carbonara?? That was alos my favorite.

Robert Marcussays:

May 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Da Michele is my favorite pizzeria. When I went to Napoli last March (the first stop on a two and one-half trip through Europe), I checked into my hotel then went straight for Da Michele. I could find it in the dark. I also had pizza at Lombardis. I went to the Archelogical Museum and when I got out, Lombardis was quite crowded so I go a pizza to go and ate it on a bench (it was cheaper and there was no cover). I went to Brandi one night, been there before as well. Quite upscale and with the cover it was about three times what Da Michele was but worth it as well as they use Buffalo Milk mozerella. I have been to Napoli five or six times and have eaten at most of these places but now want to try the rest. Napoli is noisy, chatoic, crowded, overwhelming and just wonderful.

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May 26, 2009 at 7:38 am


Angela K. Nickersonsays:

April 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Just wanted you to know that I gave you a little link love today! Thanks for the great post! PS: You guys should really be on Twitter! :)


February 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Yum! A good friend of ours quit his job and went to Italy to live and learn to make pizza in Naples. He had tried it on his travels and wanted to bring it back to America. He worked there many months learning every aspect of the business and the secrets. If you live near Connecticut you can find pizza that is truly as good as Napoli! OK, not Italy, but worth the drive for those near by! ;)

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January 13, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Ok, I totally forgot to post something! When reading this, I couldn't help but wonder why the first listing Da Michele sounded so familiar, and then at 2am I finally figured it out. It's the pizza place that Elizabeth Gilbert raves about in her book Eat, Pray, Love. If you haven't read this book yet, you must!!!


January 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm

what a great post, I am so hungry after reading it! mental note to self: plan trip to Naples!

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