The pizza was invented in the Italian coastal town of Naples well over 100 years ago and has been a staple of Italian culture ever since. The best pizza in the world can be found in Naples, so if we are able to narrow down the best pizza in Naples, we can ultimately say we have found the best pizza in the world. We have traveled to Naples a number of times and have tried most of the pizzerias that locals and tourists alike would attest to being the best in the city. As such, we consider ourselves subject matter professionals, strategically positioned to proclaim that the best pizza in Naples can be found at one of the 3 following pizzerias:
If you ask any local in Naples, he or she will direct you to either Da Michele, Sorbillo, or Starita. Pizza can be found on every corner in Naples, good pizza can be found on most corners in Naples, but the best pizza in Naples can be found at Da Michele, Sorbillo, and Starita.
Pizzeria Starita has been serving Naples the best pizza in the world since 1901. The options available at Starita are the most unique and delicious that we have found at any pizzeria in the world. The pizza Margherita (the true benchmark of a Neapolitan pizza) is out of this world. The variety and the unique combinations of the specialty pizzas are the best you’ll find anywhere in the world. The starters will make you salivate. The desserts are outrageous.
Starita is small and quaint. It is traditional. It is perfect. Starita: 1) has the most delicious and unique pizza in Naples (like really unique – think walnut sauce and zucchini flower unique), 2) has a vibrant and rich history, and 3) has perfected the benchmark pizza: the margherita.
Da Michele is the most popular and most historic of the pizzerias in Napoli. The pizzeria has remained under the ownership of the founding family since 1870. Over the last century and a half, the Condurro family has established themselves and Da Michele as pizza gods. Da Michele received a vote of confidence (and multiple hour-long waits) following its feature in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. At Da Michele, the pizza purist owners have ensured that you’ll only have the option to order 2 pizzas: margherita and marinara. Da Michele is simple. It is traditional. It is also perfect. If you’re looking for a traditional experience and the gold standard for pizza margherita, Da Michele is the place to go.
Sorbillo has risen to international fame over recent years thanks to Gino’s desire to share his pizza with the world. Expanding his empire in Napoli and Milan, Gino recently opened a restaurant in New York City and has plans to open others in Los Angeles (Yay!!!! Please come soon!), Miami, and Tokyo.
It is funny to consider an 83-year-old business young, but next to Starita and Da Michele, Sorbillo is the new kid on the block (founded in 1935).
Unfortunately, when we ate at Sorbillo, some of the ingredients had been finished for the day. (We actually love when we hear someone say tha tan ingredient or a dish has been finished, because that means the ingredients are always fresh, but we couldn’t help being a bit disappointed.) We waited over 2 hours on the packed street of Via Tribunali and didn’t sit down for dinner until around 23:00. A couple of the pizzas we had hoped to try were sold out, nonetheless, our taste buds were still delighted. The pizza margherita at Sorbillo is better than anything in Naples you’ll find outside of Da Michele and Starita, and certainly better than any pizza you’ll find anywhere else in the world.
Choosing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place for pizzerias is like choosing your favorite children. 2 of the pizzerias simply set themselves apart from the 3rd. We place Sorbillo in 3rd place with….drum roll….
If you’re craving a traditional pizza margherita, go to Da Michele. If you want to have the most unique and amazing pizza flavor combinations you’ve ever had in your life as well as one of the best pizza margherita in the world, go to Starita! “The best” is truly a subjective idea. We have asked a multitude of locals for their favorite pizzeria in Naples and many have argued the case for each of our 3 favorites above. If you have enough time in Naples to try all 3, we highly recommend you do. Your favorite might be different than our favorite. Between these 3 pizzerias, you can find almost 40,000 Trip Advisor reviews if you want more opinions than just ours.
One thing you’ll want to note is that each of the aforementioned pizzerias are considered to be among the most popular in Naples. This means that unless you arrive a few minutes before they open, you should expect a wait upon arrival. We waited over an hour for Da Michele and over 2 hours for Sorbillo. That’s just how it is. Waiting can be fun, however. The street culture in Naples is lively and there are bars, restaurants, etc. that surround the pizzerias. Grab a bottle of wine and enjoy people watching outside until your table is ready. Neapolitan pizza is cooked in a matter of 2 minutes, so you’ll be fed quite quickly after you’re seated.