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Pizzeria Di Matteo, Naples

Pizza on the street in Naples can be very good, occasionally bad and, at times, it can be downright the best thing you have ever eaten. The historical center is teeming with tiny pizzerie and friggitorie (fry shops selling pizzas, fried dough, fried rice balls, etc) of varying quality. Although there are a few places that display sad defrosted microwave pizzas in their glass cases to pawn off to unsuspecting tourists, the majority of Naples’ street food is delectable.

Di Matteo is the example par excellence of a classic pizzeria/friggitoria. Located on Via dei Tribunali in the heart of the city’s historical center, this place offers table service inside but most of its business is conducted on the street, as clients exchange a few euros for folded up personal pizzas and fried treats. You can even watch as the pizzaiolo moves pizzas around in the wood burning oven, removing them with a wooden paddle and easing them onto huge plates or into the display case facing the street.  

In the end, your best bet is to observe the locals. Neapolitans are serious about pizza and don’t squander precious calories on junk. When there is a crowd gathered around the storefront, this is a sign that pizzas and fried treats that are being served up are top notch.

Via dei Tribunali 94
Open 10am-10pm Mon-Sat

2016-01-07T14:38:44+00:00 February 2nd, 2009|Categories: Food & Wine, Naples & Campania, Pizza|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Gennaro February 3, 2009 at 1:31 am - Reply

    The taste buds start watering just from the view of that pizza oven. Nice to see all the Napoli coverage. Hoping to see a little coverage of the Festa di San Gennaro along with il miracolo del sangue.

  2. Katie February 3, 2009 at 7:16 am - Reply

    I know. I need one of those ovens! If I’m in Naples the Saturday before the first Sunday in May, Sept 19 or Dec 16, Ill be sure to cover the miraculous liquification of the blood. So far it liquified 3 times in 2008 so Napoli has the saint’s protection which translates to a shot at the scudetto in 2009.

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