Monday, July 1, 2013

Pizza in Napoli

When preparing for our trip, one of the things I wanted to do was have pizza in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. My search on TripAdvisor turned up Pizzeria da Gaetano as highly rated, so I selected this place based on the reviews there. I posted about it with a link previously, and when we return, we will be adding to the positive reviews on TripAdvisor.

We returned from our morning excursion before 1 PM so we, along with two other families from DISBoards, hailed a taxi and went to the pizzeria. We had emailed with them back in March and they still had us on the calendar for a reservation. This is a very small restaurant with seating for about twenty people upstairs and maybe eight downstairs if you don't mind sitting at the kitchen table.

The pizza is fire baked and truly representative of pizza in Napoletana (or Napoli, depending on who you talk to). We each got a margherita pizza (fresh tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil) which was huge, but only 4,50€. Because the crust is very thin, you don't fill up with the dough so you can enjoy more of the fresh flavors. The crust is also pliable so you can roll it up to eat.

So having pizza in Naples can now be crossed off my list! We have definitely been experiencing more of the local foods and transportation on this trip than any other we have made. We used our Amazing Race skills before getting in the taxi to make sure the drivers knew where we wanted to go (we needed two taxis for the nine of us) and negotiated the fare ahead of time. As we sat in some of the lunchtime traffic, I had an eye on my watch as the pizzeria had said it should take about 15 minutes to get there, and that was just about right. But as we were creeping along, I thought about the Amazing Racers and how sometimes a cab ride can make or break their race. In our case, we were successful in completing the Naples leg because we completed our task (having local pizza) and got to the Welcome Aboard mat by 3:00 (all aboard was 5:30).

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