Pizze­ria Port’alba – from 1738

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The pizza, as we know it to­day, is a Neapoli­tan in­ven­tion, of which all Neapoli­tans are right­fully proud. Many are the the­o­ries of pizza’s ori­gins, but it’s quite cer­tain that this lit­tle round and taste­ful slice’s his­tory can be dated back to the early 18th cen­tury. Very close to the cen­tral Pi­azza Dante you’ll find Naples’ old­est pizze­ria, Pizze­ria Port’alba. Way back in 1738, this pizze­ria started as a lab­o­ra­to­rio di pizza, i.e. a pizza bak­ery. Here the lo­cal pizza ven­dors came to pick up piz­zas which they then sold on streets and al­leys in Naples. Only in 1830 – a mere 31 years be­fore the uni­fi­ca­tion of Italy – Port’alba was trans­formed into a real pizze­ria. The owner, Gen­naro Lu­ciano, proudly tells us that a large num­ber of celebri­ties – for­mer Ital­ian pres­i­dent Francesco Crispi, philoso­pher and au­thor Benedetto Croce, writer and politi­cian Gabriele d’an­nun­zio and the fa­mous Neapoli­tan poet Sal­va­tore Di Gi­a­como – through­out time have paid fre­quent vis­its to the old pizze­ria. And re­cently, even Italy’s prime min­is­ter Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni has placed his pow­er­ful teeth in one of Port’alba’s historical piz­zas. One thing you should know, how­ever, be­fore en­joy­ing a pizza in Naples: once you’ve taken a bite, a pizza any­where else in the world will never taste the same.

Via Port’alba, 18, 80134 Napoli NA

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