Recently, we had a craving for pizza. There are no shortages of great pizzerias in Rome, but we decided that the only thing that would do was a trip Naples.
A 9 Euro train ticket and a 2 hour ride later, we were standing in front of Da Michele.
Da Michele is not a highly guarded foodie secret. It’s amazing and everyone knows it, so you might have to wait in line.
When it’s your turn, tell them how many people you have and you’ll be ushered towards enough space at a long communal table.
When it’s time to order, you shouldn’t have too much trouble deciding. There are only two items on the menu at Da Michele.
Pizza Margherita and Pizza Marinara. Period.
Naples literally invented Pizza Margherita, but I have to say that I love the Pizza Marinara at Da Michele.
Of course, we ordered both kinds:
Pick up your knife and fork and prepare to ruin yourself for life. Da Michele lives up to the hype- this is the best pizza I have ever had.
The dough is perfectly cooked, gooey and charred at the same time. The mastery is in the execution- the combination of just a few ingredients: some tomatoes, oregano, garlic, cheese and basil. It sounds so simple, but there is nothing ordinary about your first bite.
We tried. We tried so hard to finish the whole pizza. I will never forgive myself for not finishing that last piece.
You’ll waddle home tired and full, but Naples is a doable (long) day trip from Rome.
L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele
Napoli – Via Cesare Sersale, 1/3
(angolo Via P. Colletta)