I always feel that the best way to be a part of the local culture is to eat where the locals eat. This was no different to when we were in Naples. I asked the hotel concierge where the best place was to get supper. He recommended La Nuova Italia.
La Nuova Italia
Pasquale and Paolo Barretta have two locations of La Nuova Italia. One is in Casoria and the other is in Secondigliano, where we ate dinner. Da Paolo is a historic Neapolitan pizzeria and trattoria, having been established nearly 3 decades ago. However, the key to their authentic and traditional cuisine is the passing down of the art of pizza making from generation to generation.
Dave and I chose traditional dishes to enjoy for dinner. We shared a plate of the alici fritte (€8) to start. These fried anchovies were something we had never tried before and a snack I would have again with no complaint. I had the gnocchi del Monaco (€12) as my main meal which was served with provolone del Monaco, courgette cream and prawns. The dish was rich and complex in flavour. Dave had his favourite pasta dish of all time, spaghetti alle vongole (€13). The clams in the pasta were generous and were seasoned with a hint of parsley, garlic and chilli peppers. We enjoyed a bottle of Aglianico (€8) red wine with our meal.
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I thought when we arrived at 19h30 that we might be too early to be going out for dinner. Italians tend to go out later on the weekends but they were already half full when we arrived. Some tables were children dining alone. And nearly everyone around us spoke Italian. By the time we left at 21h00 there was a queue of people waiting outside for a table. Call them on +39 081 5435927
View the previous posts on July 20:
- 2022: Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love
- 2020: Toum Hummus
- 2018: Cured Egg Yolks
- 2016: Taste The Little Karoo
- 2015: Fennel And Pork Sausages
- 2014: The Tombs
- 2012: Amarula And Mushroom Ice Cream
- 2011: Gorgonzola Mushrooms
- 2010: Lavender Sugar