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Because Naples is the city where you eat best ever – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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We from Campania have always been convinced that Naples is the most beautiful city in the world and the one where you eat the best in the world, as the Romans probably are from Rome, the people from Bari are from Bari and so on. For us, Naples is almost a synonym of Campania, a way of saying – and of saying – many things: a condensation of our way of life, our culture and therefore also our cuisine because it is the place where it was born with the monsù and remains the place where you can taste every variation of it.

If this preference for our capital perhaps also depends on that pinch of culinary presumption that distinguishes all of us Italians, there is no doubt that among the most cosmopolitan cities of our country Naples has no rivals – or in any case few (certainly Palermo) – when you are hungry, you want good things, but not to spend a fortune. That’s why when Time OutBritish travel and lifestyle magazine, crowned Naples as the city with the best food in the world, we were pleased but not at all surprised.

Because Naples is the city where you eat best in the world

If Naples is first in this ranking which includes 20 cities in the world, which has been bouncing around on social message boards for a few days, in fact, it is neither just for its recipes nor for its trendy venues: essentially it is first because if you’re hungry in Naples you can always find something tasty and comforting to eat at a popular price. As my English colleagues have rightly written, “to really get to know a city you need to eat its food”and the food of a city is not that of starred restaurants, but of authentic recipes.

What to eat in Naples and where

In how many other cities are there dozens of kiosks on the sea to take a lemonade made with those large, sweet lemons, a sandwich or fried fish for a few euros? In how many other cities do you simultaneously find takeaways in every corner with steaming mozzarella in carrozza or pasta omelettes that in a few bites and a few coins fill your belly and make you happy? Where do you eat pasta with onions as good as Genoese? Not to mention the pastries: the craffe (that’s what we call them) which are a journey as soon as they’re made, Sfogliatelle, Baba, Cassate, Rococo?

When it came to choosing the unmissable dish, Time Out obviously chose the most famous: la Pizza margherita. He considered it – rightly – an emblematic dish, also of the way of eating in Naples, given that Pizza was born as a popular dish to feed people on the street with little. And basically it’s still like this because the wallet pizza in Naples is still around one euro.

«Neapolitan cuisine celebrates diversity, simplicity and the union between land, sea and history states the Neapolitan writer Gabriela Proietti interviewed by Time Out. «This rich culture of food can be found everywhere in the city: in the hot dishes of Genoese pasta and Neapolitan ragù, in the full morning sugar of the ricotta puff pastry or the babà al rum, on a walk in the sixteenth-century Pignasecca Market”, the writer continues.

Other places to discover Naples? Even Time Out has noticed that the heart of Neapolitan food is now moving to Spanish Quarters. To begin with, there are two recommended addresses: «For the city’s signature dish, pizza margherita, go to Santa Maradona, where owner Andrea Viviani honors Naples’ most precious assets: pizza, football and Diego Armando Maradonto. And for classic Neapolitan cuisine with a creative bistro twist, visit CU.QU. / neighborhood cuisine”. And the other cities? Here is the complete Time Out ranking.

The ranking of the cities where you eat best in the world according to Time Out

  1. Naples
  2. Johannesburg
  3. File
  4. Ho Chi Minh City
  5. Beijing
  6. Bangkok
  7. Kuala Lumpur
  8. Mumbai
  9. Dubai
  10. Portland, OR
  11. Liverpool
  12. Medellin
  13. Seville
  14. Port
  15. Marrakesh
  16. Lyon
  17. Sydney
  18. Montreal
  19. Osaka
  20. Copenhagen

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Recipe Barese focaccia, the scent of a city – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Recipe Barese focaccia, the scent of a city


Impossible to resist the temptation, passing through Bari, to stop at a bakery to buy – and then bite into – a piece of focaccia Barese. Tall, soft, tasty, seasoned with fresh tomatoes, it is the comfort food par excellence of the people of Bari and always appears in tourists’ lists of “things to eat in Puglia”.

However, if you don’t plan to pass through Bari and Puglia is not one of your next destinations, you shouldn’t give up: making Bari focaccia at home as tradition dictates is quite simple, with our recipe.

How is focaccia from Bari born?

The focaccia from Bari – despite its name – actually has its origins in Altamura, where it was probably born from the need to exploit the strong initial heat of the wood-fired oven, before it reached the ideal temperature for baking bread. In fact, before putting the loaves of Altamura bread in the oven, a piece of raw dough was spread out on a baking tray, left to rest for a while, then seasoned and cooked.

How is focaccia from Bari made?

In its most typical form, focaccia dough is prepared by stirring semolina regrind, potatoes boil, salt, yeast and water to obtain a rather elastic consistency, soft but not sticky. This dough is left to rise, spread out in a round pan greased with plenty of extra virgin olive oil, then it is left to rise again, seasoned and finally cooked, preferably in a wood-fired oven. Here is the traditional recipe.

The city of Naples has a new mural: Partenope, Mother of the neighborhoods – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay


It is well known that the city of Naples always reserves some pleasant surprises. Perhaps it is not one of the Italian capitals of street art.
If you have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the city to discover these open-air works (there are guides specialized in just this), the quantity and quality will leave you speechless.
Just like the new gigantic mural donated by Voiello to Naples and created by the artist Leticia Mandragora in collaboration with the Neapolitan fashion designer collective VNMNS1926.

The mermaid of Naples

The mural Partenope, Mother of the neighborhoods of Napleswhich represents the mermaid Partenope, the mythical founder of the city, is located in Piazza Francesco Muzii, in the Arenella district, takes us back to the origins of the city and underlines the beauty and variety of the neighborhoods that compose it.
The mermaid Parthenope, according to one of the legends concerning her, was among those who tried to enchant Ulysses in Homer’s Odyssey. Desperate for her failure, she decided to take her own life and her body, dragged by the waves, landed in the gulf of Naples, on the islet of Megaris. Here in Piazza Muzii he holds ears of wheat in his hand, a symbol of fertility and abundance and right on the tail, depicted as scales, there are the 30 coats of arms that identify the neighborhoods.

The artist

The artist, Leticia Mandragora, born in Madrid to a Spanish mother and Neapolitan father, is closely linked to the capital of Campania, so much so that she decided to move there at the age of 15. The city hosts several works by her, all characterized by the use of cobalt blue (Maradona, Sophia Loren, Eleonora de Fonseca Pimentel) – a color that has always also characterized Voiello’s brand identity – and by the intensity of the expressions that her interpretation makes it even more realistic. Furthermore, her predilection for the representation of female subjects ties perfectly with the idea behind the mural.

A moment from the inauguration: Clementina Cozzolino, president of the Fifth municipality (second from left), the artist Leticia Mandragora, the designer couple VIENMNSUONNO1926, Francesco Del Porto, president region Italy Barilla and Gianpasquale Greco, art critic and doctor research at the University of Naples Federico II.

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