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The Best Pasta In Naples: Eating Out Neapolitan Style
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The Best Pasta In Naples: Eating Out Neapolitan Style

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Updated: 13 December 2015
Naples is the regional capital of Campania and famous around the world for being the birthplace of pizza. However, pizza is not the only dish the Neapolitans can make; when it comes to pasta, they are Italy’s leading capital, making the freshest, lightest of doughs to produce the smoothest of pastas. From the kneading of the dough to the placement of the parsley garnish on top, the Neapolitans have got it covered.

Trattoria Da Nennella

This local little gem is hidden away in a quiet corner of Naples. If you are looking for the authentic Neapolitan experience and excellent pasta then you have come to right place. It’s a favorite among locals, and it can’t get much more genuine than this. It is advised to book ahead, since this eatery is popular with locals and becomes packed quite early in the night.

Pricing: Budget

Opening hours: Open every day from 7.30 pm. Sunday closed.

What to look out for: Pasta con patate

Address & telephone number: Vico Lungo Teatro Nuovo 103/105, Naples, Italy, +39081414338

Mimi alla Ferrovia

Mimì alla ferrovia has a strong Neapolitan culinary tradition but is keeping up with modern times, and it’s ready for a new challenge that takes care of modern desires. Thanks to Chef Nino Di Costanzo, Mimì’s has created la tradizione gastronomica di Mimì alla Ferrovia (the culinary gastronomic tradition of Mimì alla Ferrovia). Stuffed peppers, parmigiana, and sartù rice are among the dishes of the Neapolitan gastronomic culture of Mimí. The tradition of Mimi comes from inspiration that the chef gets from the city of Naples.

Pricing: Mid-range

Opening hours: 12:00 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

What to look out for: Any pasta dish

Address & telephone number: Via Alfonso D’Aragona 19/21, Naples, Italy, +390815538525

Antica Pizzeria e Ristorante Port’Alba

This authentically Italian restaurant is famous in Campania for its pizza. Yes, pizza, not pasta, but their frutti di mare is some of the best pasta around. Literally translated, frutti di mare means fruit of the sea. It is a dish of a seafood sauce mixed with freshly made pasta. A typically Neapolitan pasta dish, it is obviously served best in Naples itself. Antica is an old-style country restaurant with a modern twist, and its meals are not to be missed.

Pricing: Mid-range

Opening hours: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am

What to look out for: Pasta con frutti di mare

Address & telephone number: Via Port’Alba, 18, 80134 Naples, Italy, +39081459713

Ristorante Da Ettore

Da Ettore was established in 1914. It is located in the historical center of Santa Lucia, just a stone’s throw away from the coastline and from Castel dell’Ovo and Piazza del Plebiscito. In the heart of Naples, it is something of a cultural heritage site and one of the leading restaurants of traditional home cooking in Naples. They serve products of high quality and dishes you just can’t easily make at home. As for their pasta dishes, you just need to try it for yourselves to believe it.

Pricing: Mid-range

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 12:30-3:30pm and 7:00pm-12:00am

What to look out for: Pagnottiello

Address & telephone number: Piazza Garibaldi Giuseppe, 95, 80142, Naples, Italy, +390817640498

Tandem

This cleverly themed ragú restaurant is renowned for its excellent pasta ragú, whether it’s made with spaghetti or handmade gnocchi. People come from all over just to taste this one pasta dish. This restaurant is original in the sense that you pay by the minute, irrelevant of how much you eat or drink. They make use of the most traditional pasta recipes with real Neapolitan ragú and top it off with cheese alla griglia. This place is worth every minute.

Pricing: 1 euro/minute

Opening hours: 12:00 – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 10:30 am

What to look out for: Pasta ragú

Address & telephone number: Via Giovanni Paladino 51, Naples, Italy, +3908119002468