Friday, June 19, 2015

Pizza Street

When we first began planning our trip to Naples, birthplace of pizza, we knew that culinary masterpiece would figure prominently in our stay here. With a little research, we were able to discover that there is a street particularly known for its walk-up pizzerias. This seemed like the perfect way to experience the best of Naples, so armed with the street name and our trusty MapsMe app, we left our little neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, at the base of Mt. Vesuvius, and headed into the heart of the city. I don't know what to tell you about driving in Naples, except that it is the stuff nightmares and outlandish movies are made of. But, we survived to tell the tale and take in all that "Pizza Street" had to offer. It was so much more than just pizza, I assure you, though the pizza was certainly the highlight, especially for the kids. They thought it was such a blast to walk down the street, stopping at every little place for pizza. Each time we would just order one personal-sized margarita pizza (for about a dollar apiece) to share. These were all folded up and wrapped in paper, for maximum portability. Once, we even stopped to try the sfogliatella ricci, which is a delicious pastry filled with a sweet, slightly lemony ricotta cheese mixture. When we had been up and down "Pizza Street" and were sure we hadn't missed any of the little joints, we decided we would like to try one of the sit-down pizzerias, just to compare. Originally, we thought we would try to get into one of the oldest, most famous pizza places in town, but half the city seemed to have had the same thought, so we went across the street instead, because standing around in the crowd, which was spilling into the street, while trying to keep my younger kids happy and safe, honestly seemed like too much of an unnecessary strain on my blood pressure. At D'Angeli, we were seated right away and the two pizzas we ordered were amazing, so we certainly weren't disappointed. On the way back to our house, we were treated to amazing views of Mt. Vesuvius, which was the perfect icing on the cake for this fun day.

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