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Ultimate Naples Food Tour: Culinary Adventure for Everyone

When it comes to experiencing the heart and soul of Italian cuisine, I’d argue there’s no better place than Naples. Known as the birthplace of pizza and a haven for food lovers, Naples is packed with flavours and offers an unforgettable gastronomic journey. Even Stanley Tucci came here for the food, so that’s gotta mean something.

Recently, we had the pleasure of taking the Ultimate Naples Food Tour with Devour Tours, an experience that left us both satisfied and craving more. If you’ve wondered if you should do a food tour in Naples, then this post is for you.

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Naples food tour overview

Our culinary adventure began in Piazza Dante, the bustling heart of Naples. The group was small, making our experience more fun and engaging. Our guide, Sonia, was knowledgeable. Being a local, she took us to places we didn’t even know about despite coming to Naples almost monthly. This shows you that a local will always have a better insight into the local food scene than a visitor, and we were here for it.

Our first stop was traditional coffee at the Neapolitan staple, Mexico Dante 1963. This family-owned coffee joint has been around for decades and roasts its coffee, which is known all over Italy and beyond. We visited the coffee shop between the waves of locals stopping for their morning caffeine hit, and it’s easy to see why. This is home to Passalacqua coffee, a brand we drink at home and had no idea came from here. That’s another great reason why taking a food tour is a great place to learn about the local culture—you actually go to the source.

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The next stop was another family-owned pastry shop, where we tried another Neopolitan fave—a fresh sfogliatella. We learned the difference between riccia (crunchy version filled with ricotta cheese) and frolla, a softer version that’s not as crunchy. Fun fact: it was created for people who were missing teeth or couldn’t eat the harder, crunchy version. How is that for history?

a person holding a tray of pastries

No Naples food tour is complete without a visit to the local markets. We wandered through the vibrant Pignasecca market, the oldest market in Naples. The market is open every day except for Sunday. Here, you can grab fresh fruit and vegetables and marvel at the trays of different fish and seafood. It’s definitely a visual and olfactory experience for the senses.

bustling outdoor market in naples

Near the market, you can grab another local staple—a cup of fried seafood. Called cuoppo di mare, it’s a mix of fried calamari, shrimp, and fish served in a paper cone with a lemon wedge. If seafood is not your thing, you can enjoy other savoury treats.

a collage of fried seafood on a paper tray

If you’re wondering what else you can sample on your Naples food tour, you’re probably not thinking of the obvious. Yes, I’m talking about tomatoes, and let me tell you, it’s an experience. Unlike in Canada, the tomatoes have flavours and smells that are simply delightful. We tried six different types of tomatoes and learned what type is used for what dish. If you think a tomato is just a tomato, prepare to be surprised.

a table with fruits and vegetables on it

The Campania region is known for its cheese, specifically mozzarella di buffala. We also got to taste the firmer fior di latte and smoked provola. If you’ve ever had any of them, you’ll know that iconic flavour and consistency are a treat to your tastebuds. These milky cheeses are even more delightful on a pizza. If you want to elevate your pizza, order the Bufalina, which is like the famous Margherita but with mozzarella di buffala cheese. You can thank us later.

a group of plastic containers with different types of cheese

Our next stop was pizza. You can’t have a food tour in Naples without pizza, and this one was a tasty cherry on top. Naples is renowned for its Neapolitan pizza, and our guide took us to a local pizzeria that has been perfecting the craft for generations. And the taste? Simply out of this world. The soft, chewy crust, tangy tomato sauce and creamy mozzarella felt like heaven.

What’s better than pizza? Two pizzas. We also tried a fried version of the pie similar to a calzone. You can stuff your fried pizza with similar toppings or go for the staple of tomatoes and cheese. Whichever pizza style you prefer, it tastes different in Naples.

Why you should take the Ultimate Naples Food Tour

If you’re visiting Naples, the food is part of the experience. We might be partial as we come here often, but the cuisine in this area is truly one for the senses. The tour can be customized for vegetarians, pescaterians, and those who are pregnant. Dairy-free and non-alcoholic options can also be incorporated, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try. Here is why a Naples food tour should be a must-do experience.

Tour with a local expert

One of the standout aspects of the tour was our guide. Her deep knowledge of Naples’ culinary history and passion for food made the experience memorable. Sonia shared fascinating stories and insights, making each stop more than just a tasting but an opportunity to learn and appreciate the traditions behind the dishes.

Dive into a diverse culinary experience

The Ultimate Naples Food Tour is not just about pizza, although that is undoubtedly a highlight. The tour thoroughly explores Naples’ diverse culinary offerings, from street food to traditional pastries. It’s a journey that showcases the richness of Neapolitan cuisine in all its forms.

Get an authentic taste of Naples

What sets this tour apart is its authenticity. Every stop is carefully selected to ensure you experience the authentic flavours of Naples, away from the typical tourist traps. You get to eat where the locals eat and enjoy the dishes loved by generations.

Disclosure: We were invited on the Naples food tour by Devour tours, however, all opinions shared here are our own.

Conclusion: A must-do for food lovers

Naples is a city that every foodie and lover of Italian cuisine must visit. The Ultimate Naples Food Tour by Devour Tours is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the culinary traditions of this incredible city. From the moment you take your first bite to the last, you’ll be enchanted by the flavours, history, and warmth of Naples. Come hungry and don’t make dinner plans, you won’t need them.

If you’re planning a trip to Italy, make sure to add Naples and this unforgettable food tour to your itinerary. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

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