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Naples Food Tour with Pizza Making Workshop

Taste the rich history of Naples culinary culture with a local insider
From US$522 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
4 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Via Toledo
  • Spaccanapoli
  • Historic District
  • Local Pizzeria
Photos & Highlights
  • Gain an understanding of Naples culinary traditions by learning to make pizza with a real Pizzaiolo and tasting Neapolitan traditional food
  • Led by an Italian cuisine expert
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Tour Description
Balancing rustic ingredients of the countryside with an abundance of fresh seafood, Neapolitan cuisine has become famous the world over for a number of characteristic dishes—mozzarella di bufala, spaghetti alla puttanesca, and, of course, Neapolitan pizza. This Naples Food Tour is part-walking tour, exploring both Naples' superb street food and specialty shops, and part-hands-on pizza making lesson, where we'll learn the art of making the perfect Naples pizza. Along the way we'll explore the culinary history and food traditions of Naples, topped off by a pizza of our own making in one of the city's famed pizzerie.

Naples Food Tour

We will begin with a stroll through the dense historical center of Naples, all the while discussing some of the most important culinary traditions of the city, how they were born, and how Neapolitan cuisine has evolved throughout the centuries. We will discuss the different preparation techniques dating back to the influence of the Spanish and Norman domination on Neapolitan food, with their smoked herrings and anchovies, which to date are still the topping for a low-calorie (relatively speaking) version of pizza called Pizza Marinara. You will learn the legendary story about the origins of pizza Margherita and why mozzarella, basil and tomatoes are mandatory and essential ingredients for any Italian. As we wind our way through the characteristic neighborhoods of via Toledo and Spaccanapoli, we will stop at some of the oldest and most traditional cafes and pastry shops in the city. Depending on the time of the year and the group's interest, we may taste traditional Neapolitan snacks and sweets such as taralli, baba' al rhum and sfogliatelle.

Pizza Making Class

After this enticing appetizer, we will visit one of Naples' most traditional pizzerias. Here, we will be given the ingredients and tools to make your own pizza Napoletana. A trained pizzaiolo will supervise our work and give us advice for achieving the perfect dough consistency and the right sauce-spreading and mozzarella-sprinkling techniques. Once the pizza is taken from the wood-burning oven, we will sit down and eat our masterpiece!

Take Aways

Together, we'll deepen our appreciation for Neapolitan food, deeply characteristic of Italian food as a whole. Not only will we delve into the cuisine's history, learning why Neapolitan food favors specific ingredients over others, but we'll sample a variety of classic Neapolitan treats before applying these lessons in our pizza making class.


If headed to Rome, try our Rome Food Tour. To get a better feel for Naples, try our introductory Naples Walking Tour.


FAQ


Can I participate food tours if I have food allergies or other dietary restrictions?
Yes. If you have any specific allergies/intolerances please indicate these in the Notes section when you're booking and your guide will do his or her best to accommodate. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free diets can certainly be accommodated, although the shops we visit do use wheat flour and nuts in the kitchen for other items. If you are booking privately, we can adapt a route that will avoid such items, something that we cannot fully do on our small group walks.

Does the pizza making workshop follow the process from A to Z?
As pizza dough takes hours to prepare and to let it rise and everything, we do not prepare our own dough. However, the guide and pizzaiolo will talk through the steps on how it's made, then clients stretch the dough and add toppings. 


Are the tastings equivalent to lunch or dinner?
Although this isn't a full sit-down meal, between the tastings and pizza, clients usually are well-sated by the end of the experience and do not need to make lunch or dinner reservations for afterwards.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
Some of the shops we visit are small and many will have a step up to access them. The general route may include small streets with narrow sidewalks. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding accessibility. We are also happy to design a private, adapted tour for visitors with mobility concerns.


What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.
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Francesca was lovely. She is very knowledgeable about the art and history of Naples. Having taken a Context food tour in Lisbon I was surprised at how this tour focused more on church art than the food. Nevertheless, our group thoroughly enjoyed the tour and liked the pizza making experience.
Francesca was very informative and she answered all our questions. The evening food tour was a big success!
One of the best tours I’ve ever taken, all because Alberto really helped bring Naples to life - the food, people, history, culture. He was brilliant!!