A Tour of Sicily and Naples – Street Food in Napoli

Our first day in Naples was devoted to enjoying street food. And in Napoli there’s a plentiful assortment of what can be enjoyed on the run. Bravo to our guides from Modern Adventure – Riaz and Andrea – for arranging this wonderful market tour.

We began with, what else, fish! Small shrimp, anchovies, and bits of salmon were fried and served in a paper cone. After spritzing some lemon on the fish, small pointed sticks were used to capture each fresh morsel. This was a tasty snack and we saw many people enjoying it while they walked around taking in the sights and smells of the market. 

Our next stop was for cheese, three types of cheese in fact, mozzarella, smoked mozzarella and provolone. After sampling each, we voted the smoked mozzarella our favorite. The cheeses were served with a Falanghina, which paired perfectly. Even with street food, a great wine should be enjoyed!

For many, the next stop was the favorite – pizza fritte – fried dough filled with ricotta cheese. These were served hot and wrapped in brown paper. Since these were large portions, a pizza cutter was used to cut them into sections for sharing. Another batch came out, these filled with ricotta and tomato sauce.

Our last place was for dessert. The bakery’s cases were filled with tempting choices. Our guides chose two for us – a cream puff called a snowflake because the confectioner’s sugar resembles snow, and a variety of canolis, some filled with chocolate, some in chocolate shells.

We arrived back at our hotel, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio, in time to meet two friends from London who were vacationing in nearby Sorrento. They took the ferry to Naples and we enjoyed catching up while having drinks and savory snacks on our hotel’s terrace. 

That evening, we had dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, Caruso, named after the famous Italian opera singer. Offering a panoramic view of the Bay of Naples, the restaurant’s food was outstanding. We shared a pasta course, small clams in a sauce made from a purée of a broccoli-like local vegetable with flecks of sun dried tomatoes. This dish was creamy and tasted of the sea. My main course was polpette di baccalà, salt cod balls with chick pea and rosemary purée served with fried leeks. Tom chose lamb chops.

Rather than a sweet dessert (too much of that earlier in the day), we opted for a cheese course, one hard, one soft, while we finished our wine, a Pinot Noir from France suggested by the sommelier who insisted French Pinot Noirs were superior from those from Italy. We enjoyed the view throughout the meal, toasting one of our last nights in Italy.

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Charlene Giannetti, editor of Woman Around Town, is the recipient of seven awards from the New York Press Club for articles that have appeared on the website. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Charlene began her career working for a newspaper in Pennsylvania, then wrote for several publications in Washington covering environment and energy policy. In New York, she was an editor at Business Week magazine and her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She is the author of 13 non-fiction books, eight for parents of young adolescents written with Margaret Sagarese, including "The Roller-Coaster Years," "Cliques," and "Boy Crazy." She and Margaret have been keynote speakers at many events and have appeared on the Today Show, CBS Morning, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many others. Her last book, "The Plantations of Virginia," written with Jai Williams, was published by Globe Pequot Press in February, 2017. Her podcast, WAT-CAST, interviewing men and women making news, is available on Soundcloud and on iTunes. She is one of the producers for the film "Life After You," focusing on the opioid/heroin crisis that had its premiere at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, where it won two awards. The film is now available to view on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and other services. Charlene and her husband live in Manhattan.