This section of WebFoodCulture is about the most typical and traditional food and wine specialties from the Italian city of Naples. The following articles include their fascinating origins, useful information and interesting facts. They also provide indications on the historic restaurants and producers of these delicacies, giving the opportunity to taste their authentic flavor.
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The most typical and traditional food and wine specialties. Their origins, info and interesting facts. The historic restaurants and producers.
Crocchè is one of the most traditional street foods of Naples. Let’s find something about its history and recipe. Let’s find the most traditional place where to eat it. Let’s appreciate its incredible taste while strolling through the ‘vicoli’, the fascinating alleys of this incredible city. (continue)
Not many know that ‘Margherita’, the queen of pizzas, perhaps takes its name from a real one: Margherita of Savoy. Could it be true? Well, it’s enough to start an investigation, deepening the knowledge of the famous Neapolitan specialty. Let’s study its history and recipe. Let’s find the most traditional pizzeria to eat it. (continue)
Even if there are many types of fried pizza all around the world, the one from Naples has a very special flavor, coming from the nature of the place. So, it’s no coincidence that Vittorio De Sica assigned to this specialty an important role in his famous movie ‘The gold of Naples’. (continue)
Strolling around in Naples is an experience full of beautiful surprises. The bright sun of this city lights up breathtaking views, enhancing their colors and instilling unique feelings in the visitor.
Babbà, the King’s dessert.
Even if the ‘babbà’ (or ‘babà’) is widely considered one of the most typical examples of Neapolitan pastry, its origins are from elsewhere: Northern Europe. Some historians stress the fact that it was the favorite dessert of a Polish king, Stanislao Leszczinski.
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Neapolitan taralli in Mergellina.
The promenade of Naples is located in ‘Mergellina’: a beautiful area, separating the blue waters of the Gulf from the rest of the city. Strolling through it, it’s quite easy to buy one of the most traditional local specialties, the ‘taralli’: very tasty, salty biscuits.
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It’s impossible to talk about Naples and its spirit without dedicating a few words to one of its most representative symbols: the mask of Pulcinella. A mask that effectively represents not only the joy, but also the ingenuity and, last but not least, the sadness of a city very complex and full of contradictions.
Contradictions punctually metabolized by the Neapolitan people, able to overcome any difficulty thanks to its endless creativity and joy of life.
Some images can be useful to get a rough idea about the number of artistic beauties that can be admired in Naples. These works are the result of the cultural influence of the many civilizations that, over the millennia, have contributed to the development of this city, transforming it into a treasure chest, full of priceless jewels.
Naples, a cultural melting pot.
The origins of Naples belong to a distant past. Founded in the VIII Century BC, Neapolis (‘new city’), soon became one of the most important centers of Magna Graecia, the southern part of the Italic peninsula colonized by the Ancient Greeks. From then on, the history of this city was strongly influences by the succession of a large number of rulers, many of whom foreigners: each of them contributed to every aspect of its evolution. A unique stratification of cultures making this place unique in the world … ideal to savor some of the best delights of the Mediterranean cuisine.
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The castle and the egg.
The enchanting panorama of the Gulf of Naples is enhanced by the solid walls of the ‘Castel dell’Ovo’ (Egg Castle). A name quite odd, no doubt about it, linked to a fascinating legend. According to this legend, the fortunes of the fortress (and of the city itself), could depend on the integrity of … an egg. Given its importance, it is said that this egg was hidden by the poet Virgil in a secret room inside the building.
Naples and music.
Typical songs to better appreciate the spirit of Naples.
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