Michele and I visit Naples and the Campania region of Italy often because they have so much to offer. This time we went to the San Carlo Opera House and saw a unique version of the opera Pagliacci, visited Herculaneum, saw the painting “The Seven Works of Mercy” and others by Michelangelo Merisi, aka Caravaggio, and enjoyed many fine restaurants and cafes of Naples. We arrived in the afternoon and could not resist the fried pizza at
The customers put in their order and leave a small tip on the paper
This is the fried pizza we had for lunch
Restaurant Ciro a Santa Brigida is one of our favorites. We went there the first night and I had a fantastic seafood stew.
We wanted to go to Nannella but when we got there it was closed so Michele remembered another restaurant nearby, Hosteria Toledo. We had the assorted vegetable antipasto, which included sauteed mushrooms, several kinds of eggplant, escarole with olives and capers, friarielli with garlic and hot pepper, roasted peppers, marinated zucchini and numerous other things. Neapolitans really know how to make vegetables.
Michele and I had pasta patane, pasta and potatoes cooked until creamy with scamorza cheese.
Our friend Ernie had the rigatoni with ragu and ricotta
Another day we went to La Taverna di Santa Chiara, a restaurant known for using local ingredients, and I had the pasta Genovese, pasta cooked with a meat and onion sauce.
At Da Ettore, we had pizza, and then the owner suggested we try his fried pizza stuffed with pork ragu. We couldn’t resist.
At Le Parùle near Herculaneum, we had a fantastic fritto misto which included fried onion rings, a nice touch
Then the frittatina, fried macaroni
Friends joined us for lunch at Europea Mattozzi in Naples
Michele has the Sausages and Friarielli (a type of broccoli rabe)
At Da Umberto we had this pasta with seafood, friarielli and little tomatoes.
Another day we enjoyed this gorgeous Baba cake with Massimo Alois, Talita de Rosa of Alois Winery, Ilaria Petitto and Francesco de Rienzo of Donnachiara Winery
We stopped in at Gambrinus cafe at least once a day, for breakfast, snacks or cocktails. They make excellent coffee, which we enjoyed with sfogliatelle.