The Best Pizza in the World: Ish Eats Naples (Napoli)

Napoli, let’s be frank, has a strong mafia presence and constant problems with crime and garbage. These are just some of the reasons why it is not really one of the most visited Italian cities. Luckily for me, in an odd quest around Europe one winter, a friend convinced me to come to Napoli during a break from school.

Ever since that lovely winter several years ago, I have never failed to come back to Naples whenever I’m in Europe. I have made the best of friends in this city and and found my true love, Da Michele Pizza.

Apparently, Pizza was invented in Napoli and Da Michele was one of the first (if not the first) restaurants to make the world famous dish. The recipe has changed very little in over a hundred years. Here, they offer only the classic Margherita (fresh tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil) and the Marinara (tomato sauce, oregano, garlic) pizza. No other toppings are on offer.

Most known for its appearance in the film Eat, Pray, Love where Julia Roberts had a gut busting moment here, Da Michele should be considered a UNESCO world heritage site for its contributions to the current state of mankind 🙂

Since 1870!
They say that the brick oven has never been turned off!
I am not a morning person but the thing that compels me to get up early everyday in Naples is the mad rush to avoid the long line outside Da Michele. There’s a lot of people but the turnover is pretty fast.  🙂
Da Michele is family-run like all the other authentic Italian places around the country. Pictures of the family’s Patriarch and Matriarch line the walls along with pics of famous patrons like Diego Maradona…
…and of course, Julia Roberts. 🙂
Da Michele can be found at: Via Cesare Sersale, Napoli