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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Naples is complete without tasting the traditional Naples food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Naples to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Bruschetta: grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper.
  • Mussels: is typically made from mussels in the shell, simmered with wine, garlic and onions.


  • Minestra Maritata: meat (proscuitto, beef, pork), green vegetables (usually endive and escarole or cabbage, lettuce, kale, and/or spinach), and herbs.
  • Minestrone: a variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice.


  • Insalata Caprese: made of sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  • Insalata di rinforzo: steamed cauliflower, giardiniera, spicy and sweet peppers, olives and anchovies.
  • Octopus alla luciana: steamed octopus, lemon juice, parsley and green olives.

Main courses

  • Acqua pazza: white fish (bass, cod, halibut, etc.), pomodorini (cherry tomatoes), olive oil, salt, and water.
  • Braciola: thin slices of beef pan-fried in their own juice.
  • Carne Pizzaiola: meat cooked with peppers, tomatoes and olive oil.
  • Chicken Cacciatore: Neapolitan chicken hunter-style.
  • Frittata: a thick, hearty omelet filled with vegetables.
  • Gnocchi: thick, soft dumplings made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, potato, bread crumbs.
  • Linguine: a form of pasta — flat like fettuccine and trenette, but narrow like spaghetti.
  • Neapolitan pizza: a pizza made with tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese.
  • Neapolitan ragù: ragù made from three main parts: a soffritto, meat, and tomato sauce.
  • Paccheri: a traditional Neapolitan pasta.
  • Parmigiana di melanzane: dish made with shallow fried eggplant (aubergine) slices layered with cheese and tomato sauce, then baked.
  • Pizza di scarola: an escarole pie with black olives.
  • Risotto alla pescatora: a seafood rice dish.
  • Sartù di riso: rice, stuffed with chicken livers, sausage, little meatballs, fior di latte or provola, peas, mushrooms, and with Neapolitan ragù.
  • Spaghetti: a long, thin, cylindrical pasta of Italian origin.
  • Spaghetti alla puttanesca: a spicy, tangy, somewhat salty Italian pasta dish.
  • Spaghetti alle vongole: made from spaghetti, live clams, garlic, olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper.


  • Biscotto all'amarena: a glaceed pastry sandwich around an amarena cherry filling.
  • Casatiello: a traditional Easter pie in Neapolitan cuisine.
  • Neapolitan ice cream: ice cream made up of blocks of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream side by side in the same container.
  • Pastiera: an Italian cake made with ricotta cheese.
  • Rum Baba: a small yeast cake saturated in liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream.
  • Sfogliatelle: shell shaped filled pastries.
  • Spumoni: a molded Italian ice cream made with layers of different colors and flavors, usually containing candied fruits and nuts.
  • Struffoli: Neapolitan dessert made of deep fried balls of dough about the size of marbles.
  • Torta Caprese: a flourless chocolate and almond cake named after the Island of Capri.
  • Zeppola: a pastry filled with custard, jelly, cannoli-style pastry cream or a butter-and-honey mixture.

Fast food

Street food

  • Crocchè: a dish of Neapolitan origin, made from mashed potato and egg, which is covered in breadcrumbs and fried.
  • Taralli: salty biscuits with black pepper.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Caffè corretto: an Italian beverage, consists of a shot of espresso "corrected" with a shot of liquor, usually grappa, and sometimes sambuca or brandy.
  • Caffè espresso: a concentrated beverage brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee.
  • Caffè lungo: a coffee beverage made by using an espresso machine to make an espresso with much more water, resulting in a stretched espresso, a lungo.
  • Caffè macchiato: a coffee drink, made out of espresso with a small amount of milk.
  • Caffè ristretto: a very "short" shot of espresso coffee.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Greco di Tufo: contains at least 85% Greco with Coda di Volpe usually filling in the remaining blend.
  • Lacryma Christi: a famous wine produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius in Campania, Italy.
  • Limoncello: an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy.
  • Prosecco: a dry sparkling wine - made from grape variety Glera, which previously also was known as Prosecco.
  • Taurasi: a red, still Italian wine.

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