Pizza! One of the most loved foods in the world.
But do you know where to find the very best Pizza? The Pizzeria that makes the best Pizza in the world?
Well, let’s start at the beginning in 16th-century Naples, when a flatbread called a galette was originally referred to as a pizza. Known as the dish for poor people, it was sold in the street and was not considered a kitchen recipe for a long time. Eventually Pizza was replaced by more expensive ingredients like oil, tomatoes and fish. Then on 11th June 1889, to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, a Neapolitan pizza maker called Raffaele Esposito decided to create a pizza in the queen’s honour. He called the pizza the "Pizza Margherita". Esposito garnished the Pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, to represent the national colours red, white and green of Italy’s flag. Since then the Margherita Pizza has been held in the hearts of Italians as the traditional, original Pizza of choice.
Fast forward to today and most people have an idea of where to find the best pizza in Italy but all agree that it comes from Naples. So where can you find the best pizza in Naples? Many say that it can be found at the famed Naples pizzeria “L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele”. Made globally famous as the star Pizzeria in the book/movie Eat, Pray, Love, when Julia Roberts eats pizza there. Hmmm, A Hollywood phenomenon I hear you say? Well, I decided to try it for myself. Surrounded by hungry Neapolitans I queued outside the busy Pizzeria for 2 hours. During the bustling two hours waiting for my number to be called I chatted with the locals who reassured me that this was the best pizza in Naples and it will be worth the wait. Despite my rumbling belly and the Pizzeria next door visibly having seats available I stood my ground. Once inside I enthusiastically took my seat, there are only two types of pizza on the menu, a regular Margherita and a Margherita with double mozzarella. I chose the same as Julia Roberts in the movie, a Margherita pizza with double mozzarella. And oh my goodness was it good. In the words of Julia Roberts in the film “I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair”. So there you have it, if there is a better pizza out there I just couldn’t imagine how it would taste! Try Pizzeria Da Michele for yourself! It can be found on Via Cesare Sersale 1, 80139, Naples, Italy, just a 15 minute walk from the Naples Train Station.