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Pizza Napoletana

I lived in Naples for a month while working on the History Channel series Cities of the Underworld. We spent a lot of time shooting on (and under) Via dei Tribunali which is the center of the pizza universe; Di Matteo, I Decumani, Sorbillo and Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente are all within 200 yards of one another. I was in heaven. The only person who was more excited was our driver Chico. He would eat 2 or 3 pizzas a day, filling the front seat of our van with empty pizza boxes and greasy napkins. I’ll fess up to one a day but don’ t even ask how many espressi we downed during the shoot. Im still processing the caffeine. Without fail, on our way back to the hotel with a packed van and exhausted crew, he would pull up to Di Matteo, blocking the street, roll down his window and leisurely order one last pizza and some crocche’ to-go as horns blared behind us.

2016-01-08T12:15:09+00:00 February 7th, 2009|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Naples & Campania, Pizza|11 Comments


  1. Scintilla@bell'avventura February 8, 2009 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Just wanted to say that I have only just recently discovered your blog and am really enjoying the read ! Keep it up 🙂
    Being in the vicinity of so many fantastic pizza places would have me in raptures too !

  2. Nonna February 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    I gain weight just reading every blog. You are so lucky to have these opportunities. Keep riding that bike around Rome after eating all this.

  3. Gennaro February 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Every few steps a pizzeria that would be in the top five of any city in the world. Not bad 🙂

    Beautiful image.

  4. Katie February 9, 2009 at 3:43 am - Reply

    @scintilla Thanks a lot. Plenty more pizza photos where that came from

  5. Katie February 9, 2009 at 3:44 am - Reply

    @nonna Haha sometimes i feel like i gain weight just by looking at pictures too! When are you coming back to Rome to visit us?

  6. Katie February 9, 2009 at 3:51 am - Reply

    @gennaro via dei tribunali is the greatest address on the planet

  7. Megan February 9, 2009 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Di Matteo is one of my favorite places on earth. I love walking in and seeing the guys making the pizza fritta in the big cauldron of oil. The frittatine, fried discs of spaghetti studded with sausages, are amazing.

  8. Katie February 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    @Megan I love the frittatine too. Dont forget the besciamella! Che bomba!

  9. Nonna February 10, 2009 at 12:49 am - Reply

    I wish i was already there in Rome. When I come back I’m signing up for one of your food walks. Can’t wait

  10. Katie February 10, 2009 at 5:00 am - Reply

    @nonna Yes you must! We could do a market tour or annotated meal!

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