La Pignasecca Market in Naples: Street Food in Napoli

Roman markets have a good dose of character.

But they literally have nothing on the free-for-all, in-your-face, food-and-people-crush that is the Neapolitan experience.

Craving some fried foods, Sara and I hopped on the train for a day trip to Naples.

streets of Naples

Just off of Via Toledo, we only needed to take a short metro ride to the Toledo stop to arrive at the entrance to the market.

speciality food naples

The outdoor mercato extends along the length of Via Pignasecca and is a mix of temporary stalls, pizzerias, and permanent specialty food shops.

Naples Fish Market

Open every day, the morning time is when you find the most stands open for business.

Naples fish seller with attitude

But mercato Pignasecca is not just about fresh food – it also offers some of the best people watching in Naples.

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I was the weirdo, lingering around stalls  because I wanted to soak up the atmosphere.

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Not able to carry back all the gorgeous produce, I went straight for the street food.

fried street food naples

La Pignasecca is a fabulous choice if you need some Neapolitan street food deliciousness in your life.

Tiny fried alici and calamari are available in simple brown paper cups.

LaPignasecca fritti

For the highest concentration of street food in the market, stop at Fiorenzano.

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There you can find pasta fritta.

naples street food

But you also need to leave room for parigina – a 1 million calorie (estimated) double-decker pizza layer with ham, cheese and sauce. Oh dio.

street food naples

The street food in Pignasecca will fill you up for the day if you let it, so alternate between stuffing you face and wandering Naples’ largest outdoor market.

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la pignasecca mercato

The rapid fire orders for fruit and vegetables is incredible to watch.

LaPignasecca food market

And the piles of produce are mesmerizing.

LaPignasecca street market Naples

But the characters, setting up unofficial shops on wooden crates or cement blockades, are what make La Pignasecca the best market in Naples.

naples onion sellers

Dive in.

LaPignasecca pizzeria napoli

And stop for one last arancino before you leave to go eat pizza at Sorbillo.

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11 Comments

  • Reply DMae October 27, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Great photos! I am inspired to visit Napoli again.

    • Reply Natalie October 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you! I can never stay away for too long…

  • Reply E October 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Hello, is that to cold for a vaccation in rome in the begining or middle of december?

    • Reply Natalie October 29, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Hello! It is hard to judge. It is very rarely below freezing in Rome, but you will likely have to deal with some rain.

  • Reply Ron October 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Wonderful !

    • Reply Natalie October 29, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Lucy October 30, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Ah I have still never been to Naples, despite it being so high on my bucketlist!! Some of these pictures remind me of Palermo, another wonderful spot for street food and markets. Luckily, we have a small take-away Sorbillo in Milan, selling the lovely folded fried pizzas nom nom nom xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Reply Natalie October 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I have a major soft spot for Palermo as well! But you definitely need to plan to trip to Napoli!

  • Reply CK Koo April 26, 2017 at 5:49 am

    I am thinking to go Napoli but I do not have any idea what to see. Shall I skip it and straight go to Salerno and Amalfi Coast?

  • Reply mark July 24, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Natalie, is this market open every day or just one or two days a week? Thanks for the Blog!

    • Reply Natalie July 25, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Every day from morning to early afternoon except Sunday. Have fun!

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