Where to Find the Best Street Food in Naples

A world of street food can be found across Naples
A world of street food can be found across Naples | © Zoonar GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
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14 October 2021

Naples, Italy, is known for its dedication to street food, where renowned Italian flavours meet wild creativity. You’ll find goodies everywhere: on stalls in narrow alleys, in streetside cafes, and at markets and festivals. Try pizzas folded, fried and shaped into cones; pasta frittatas; eggplant parmigiana layer bakes; and flaky sfogliatelle, bursting with sweet ricotta. Hungry yet? These are the best street food joints in Naples.

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Cantina del Gallo

Pizzeria, Italian
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Tucked away in the Sanità neighbourhood, Cantina del Gallo offers food as authentic and traditional as its setting. Sit in the restaurant with the locals and enjoy a great atmosphere, ordering Neapolitan dishes like sticky melanzane alla parmigiana (a hearty eggplant, cheese and tomato sauce layer bake), meatballs, arancini, and house wine. Alternatively, grab your garlicky, wood-fired oven pizza to take away. Either way, expect low prices, high standards and friendly service.

T’Imballo

Food Kiosk, Italian
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Forget sloppy pasta: T’Imballo have reworked the traditional, oven-baked dish timballo into a sandwich-shaped pasta parcel, meaning you can tuck in anywhere without dropping a morsel. The deliciously crispy shell and gooey fillings are not to be missed. Try traditional flavours – Neapolitan ragout and cheesy basil pesto with walnuts – or something different, with the sushi and cake versions.

Bontà Siciliane Seconda Sede

Bakery, Italian, $$$
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Dessert dreams come true at this cute cafe stuffed with sweet treats. Order a rich Italian espresso (or an alcoholic drink) to go with sugary bites such as powder-dusted brioche, cream-filled donuts and crispy, flavoursome cannoli. Savoury lovers can have well-reviewed arancini, but everyone should try the granita. This fruity, semi-frozen dessert originated in Sicily; it’s like slush, but fresher and with extra oomph.

Casa Infante

Dessert Shop, Dessert, $$$
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This heavenly dessert shop sells much more than its array of lip-smacking artisan gelato. Expect slabs of nut-crammed chocolate, crispy sfogliatelle, cream-stuffed cookie sandwiches and jacked-up versions of typical Neapolitan dessert graffa. These salami-shaped, donut-like delights are traditionally made with potato and topped with sugar. Once carnival treats, they’re now a street food staple. Casa Infante has taken them up a notch, offering every topping they have: gelato, nuts, sweet sauces and even Oreos.

Bowl Napoli

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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If you need a break from pizza, you’ll enjoy Bowl Napoli’s healthy street food. Nutritious, colourful bowls come from the conscious kitchen and look great on your Instagram. It’s not just salad – there are fish-based bowls featuring seared tuna fillet in sesame crust, meaty ones such as chicken steak flavoured with matcha tea, and even healthy sweets. All are packed with fresh ingredients, and there are great gluten-free, veggie and vegan options.

120 Grammi

Food Kiosk, Italian
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For pasta on-the-go, head to Via Mezzocannone and find graffiti-covered 120 Grammi, where they serve restaurant-standard spaghetti in convenient street food boxes. You’ll have a great choice of pasta dishes, all freshly made and fit to satisfy even the biggest hunger: think puttanesca, basil cream or carbonara sauces, topped with meats, cheeses and fresh, colourful veg. Take your flavoursome, affordable box away with you to tuck in as you explore.

Pizzeria Oliva Corso Garibaldi

Pizzeria, Italian
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Expect no frills, just excellent pizza at this simple restaurant offering eat-in or takeaway in minutes. Big portions come at low prices with perfect dough, flavour-packed sauce and superb toppings – though you can’t beat the classic, melt-in-the-mouth margherita. Choose from wood-fired oven pizzas or try the deep-fried pizza frittata, a Neapolitan street food staple. Arrive hungry – you’ll need all the space you can find.

Mammamì Neapolitan Take Away

Food Kiosk, Italian
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This unassuming takeaway on colourful Via Vergini serves traditional, restaurant-style dishes in takeaway boxes. Order from a selection of aperitivi, antipasti and sides. Dig into small dishes like eggplant parmigiana, delicious deep-fried fish, arancini, sauce-drenched meats, sauteed vegetables and creamy mozzarella balls. All are delicious, affordable and served with a smile. Pair with wine or beer for a classic Neapolitan evening to remember.
These recommendations were updated on October 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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