Da Pellone The best Neapolitan pizzerias are often devoid of decor, with menus limited to a handful of pizzas and fried starters, like the traditional crispy potato crocché; (croquettes) that are eaten while the pie is being prepared. The De Luca brothers’ shop is one of those classics, off the tourist track and frequented by local government officials. Besides the exceptional pies like Margherita and marinara (topped with wild oregano), Da Pellone’s specialities include the crisp-crusted pizza fritta, a large calzone stuffed with ricotta and ham and deep-fried. Via Nazionale 93; 011-39-081-553-8614.
L'Ebbrezza di Noè At night, this wood-paneled wine bar and restaurant is packed with chic Neapolitans who dig into handmade salumi and satisfying dishes like gnocchi with melted buffalo mozzarella. But what’s truly astounding is the wine selection. The Di Leva brothers, who own L'Ebbrezza, spent six years researching Italy’s best bottles, focusing on Campania’s rare grape varieties, such as Pallagrello Nero. Vico Vetriera 9; 011-39-081-400-104.
Palazzo Petrucci The most exciting new restaurant in Naples, opened just six months ago, also has an amazing location in one of the city’s favorite piazzas. The dining spaces range from the large vaulted dining room in the former stables to the gallery, where you can watch the cooks. Chef Lino Scarallo works well with simple Campanian ingredients: chickpea soup garnished with green friarielli peppers and anchovy oil, and tubular paccheri pasta, stuffed with delicate ricotta, Neapolitan ragù and grated pecorino. Piazza San Domenico Maggiore 4; 011-39-081-552-4068.