Discover where to eat in Naples: Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci

If you’ve been obsessing over Stanley Tucci’s new show—Searching for Italy— you are likely thinking of visiting all the places he’s been to. To aid you in your quest, we’ve put together a handy list of where to eat in Naples and the area as featured in the show’s first episode. 

Tucci’s show on CNN comes at a time when people, having been stuck at home for over a year, are really missing travel. Italy is not a hard sell, especially when it comes to food, so it’s not surprising that the show has amassed a huge audience. 

Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci

The six-episode show plays to our obsession with travel and food. Tucci effortlessly takes us from one place to the next as if he’s been doing it his whole life. His easy-going manner, genuine appreciation for the food and flawless style make him a great host for the food-loving audience.

While Tucci is a well-known actor, not everyone knows about his culinary background. He’s not just a food-loving celebrity thrown in as a host to generate ratings. Tucci is a foodie. He’s an avid cook and a mixologist who’s worked as a waiter and has owned a restaurant. He has written several cookbooks, and even his memoirs are centred around food. Tucci is passionate about food and has Italian roots that add to his knowledge of Italy’s culinary delights.

Stanley Tucci’s: Searching for Italy (Source: IMDB)

In each episode, Tucci tours a different Italian region and introduces the audience to the different food styles and flavours. He meets chefs, winemakers, restaurateurs, guides, historians, artists, and activists while sampling all the local flavours. The first episode takes us to Naples and the Amalfi Coast.

Where to eat in Naples

We’re not surprised to see the show start in Naples. Known for its coffee and pizza, the region is also where the famous San Marzano tomatoes are grown, and mozzarella di buffala is the bee’s knees. We’ve had pizza all over Italy and nothing beats the pie made in the Campania region. If you’re a foodie, Naples is a great place to explore.

So, where to eat in Naples based on the show? Let’s take a look.

Pizza Fritta da Fernanda

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While most people are familiar with the Neapolitan pizza made in wood-fired ovens, few are aware of the fried variety. Created out of necessity, fried pizza was invented after World War II. Extreme poverty, lack of ingredients and destruction of wood-fired ovens during the bombings meant that people had to get creative. 

Fried pizza

Fried pizza required less dough and was stuffed with inexpensive ingredients like ricotta, pork cracklings and vegetables. Frying it all up made the dough fill up and appear more filling. Today, fillings are more versatile and abundant.  Make sure to add this to your list of where to eat in Naples.

Want to know more about Italy? Check out What to do in Naples.

Pizzeria La Notizia

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From the wonders of simple street food, Tucci then takes us to the Michelin-starred Pizzeria la Notizia. Here, chef Enzo Coccia creates a classic Margherita pizza, but not before taking Tucci straight to the where he gets his ingredients.

Wood-fired pizza

Viewers can see the relatively small farm where all the famous San Marzano tomatoes are grown and discover how the famous mozzarella di buffala (buffalo mozzarella) is made. If you haven’t had this amazing delicacy, you have to try it when you visit Italy. Trust us. You’ll love it.

Chiku

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Some of the best food shows are those that show you to the expected and unexpected places. This is exactly how Tucci ends up in Chicù, an Italian-Balkan restaurant in Scampia, a suburb of Naples with a shady past. Located in the heart of what was once a notorious drug-infested and crime-ridden area, this social enterprise serves up great food while empowering women and promoting cultural integration.  

Started and operated by Italian and Roma women, the restaurant offers a creative blend of flavours that are a hit with customers. Judging by Tucci’s experience, this is definitely a place you want to add to your list of where to eat in Naples. 

What to eat in Naples and nearby areas

While the episode focuses on what to eat in Naples, you can’t travel to this part of Italy and not explore the nearby culinary gems. We were happy to see Tucci head to the small island of Ischia and the popular Amalfi Coast. It’s a win-win.

Il Focolare

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The beautiful island of Ischia has plenty to offer, and since it’s a quick ferry ride from the city, you can definitely add it to your where to eat in Naples list. As Tucci says, you probably expect him to go to a seafood place to indulge in fresh catch. But, as we find out, he heads for the hills to a family-owned Il Focolare.

Here, Tucci samples Ischia-style rabbit, sourced and seasoned with local flavours. While you might not eat with the family like he does, it does give you an insight into the people behind the operation. After all, this is what a culinary show is all about.

Lo Scoglio

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If you love seafood with amazing views, then you’ll definitely want to trade places with Tucci in this episode. Having been to the Amalfi Coast many times, we can concur that the food and the views in this area are spectacular.

Where to eat in Naples and Amalfi Coast

Tucci is here for the fried zucchini pasta dish – spaghetti alla Nerano. After unsuccessfully trying to recreate the dish at home, he discovers that he was missing a key ingredient.  Don’t you hate when that happens? If you can’t wait till you can travel to Italy and sample this dish at the source, you try your hand at making it at home. We definitely will!

Pastry Sal De Riso

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The Amalfi Coast is famous for its giant, fragrant and abundant lemons. To switch things up, Tucci takes the viewers, not to a restaurant, but a pastry shop.  And what a place it is. Having been here before, we were drooling at the memory and can totally recommend it for anyone visiting the Amalfi Coast.

Where to eat in Naples and Amalfi Coast – lemon delight

The delizia al limone (lemon delight) is one of the bakery’s most popular desserts, but there is a wide range of other pastries that will make you drool. If pastries are not your thing, you can always opt for the lemon gelato (Kasia’s go-to flavour of gelato) or try it as a liqueur known as limoncello.

Final thoughts on what to eat in Naples based on Stanley Tucci’s show

Based on the popularity of the show, CNN announced another season of Searching for Italy and we couldn’t be happier. There is no denying that the food in Italy is in a class of its own. Having tried different dishes across the country, we love the variety of choices and flavours. 

Love reading about where to eat in Naples? You might enjoy the History of Italian cuisine!

Tucci does a great job of introducing viewers to local flavours. He always relies on the local connections to bring a bit of history behind the dishes, making it so much more than just a culinary show. One of the things we liked the most, is the introduction to unexpected places like Chikù. It’s something he does in each episode, and we’re totally here for it.   

So, if you’re looking for where to eat in Naples, as seen in the show, make sure to check back for other episode summaries. It should get you through until the second season. 

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    Lannie Travels
    30 Mar 2021
    11:43am

    I really must watch this show! Drawbacks of living abroad though. I was in Naples once and was determined to find Pizzeria Pellone. It was Anthony Bourdain’s recommendation. Absolutely delish.

    I’ll go back to Naples one day and eat all of these 🙂

      Amongst Romans
      30 Mar 2021
      11:56am

      Totally relatable! Naples and the area have some truly incredible food. The flavours are amazing. I’m drooling just thinking about it! Hope you get to revisit Naples. If we’re in Italy at that time I’m happy to meet up with you.

    Carina | bucketlist2life
    30 Mar 2021
    1:18pm

    I think I need to watch this show until I can make it to Italy to try the real thing!

      Amongst Romans
      30 Mar 2021
      1:24pm

      It’s totally drool-inducing! Also a great way to learn about the different dishes, and of course, plan your future trip to Italy!

    Chalk and Cheese Travels
    30 Mar 2021
    4:55pm

    Naples like most of Italy is somewhere I’d love to go especially for the food. Hopefully will get there one day and be able rouse this list

      Amongst Romans
      30 Mar 2021
      6:39pm

      I hope you make it there soon then! The show is actually great at showing the different regional specialties that make Italian food so amazing.

    Wendy | Perthtravelers
    1 Apr 2021
    5:30am

    I like Stanley Tucci but had no idea he was such a foodie. I must try and watch this tv show. Naples has some incredible food and I’d love to return to try some of these places out.

      Amongst Romans
      1 Apr 2021
      11:03am

      Me neither! He apparently wrote a number of cookbooks and even owned a restaurant! All I can say is that he makes the show enjoyable so I hope you get to check it out.

    Jennifer Nilsson
    2 Apr 2021
    4:07pm

    I will never forget sipping limoncello on an Amalfi Coast cliff the very first time I traveled alone. Can’t wait to go back and tap into that younger self (and try all of these beautiful places!)

      Amongst Romans
      3 Apr 2021
      5:05pm

      Ahh yes, limoncello is a staple when on the Amalfi Coast. Home-made versions are even better!

    John Quinn
    2 Apr 2021
    6:51pm

    It’s my first time hearing of the show, but sounds great. As does the food. A lemon delight? A want one now whatever it is. You know I might just give Naples another go, just for the food.

      Amongst Romans
      3 Apr 2021
      5:08pm

      I think since it’s a US show on CNN, it’s not that widely available, but if you get a chance to watch it, it’s totally worth it! We had some very negative experiences in Naples many years ago, so, like you, we were hesitant to go back. The city has changed quite a bit so you might have to re-visit. We are glad we did!

    Travel for a while
    4 Apr 2021
    8:15am

    I’ve been meaning to watch the show. I loved the food in Naples and I’m ready to go back and eat everything on the list

      Amongst Romans
      4 Apr 2021
      11:51am

      It’s great for inspiration and for making you hungry! We found it very enjoyable and can’t wait to visit the same places.

    wattwherehow
    6 Apr 2021
    5:02pm

    We’re on a diet right now and this article made us somehow feel like we were cheating on it.

      Amongst Romans
      6 Apr 2021
      7:56pm

      Haha! I hear, yeah! Food in Italy is not associated with diets, but it sure tastes good!

    Steven Jepson
    7 Apr 2021
    10:17pm

    We drooled over every episode of this show. Great idea to share the locations. Definitely saving for a future trip to Italy.

      Amongst Romans
      8 Apr 2021
      10:49am

      Totally the same for us! I wasn’t sure how he would be as a host, but I think he made the show very enjoyable. Now, let’s get travel back on, and we can all visit the places he went to!

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