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Arriving in Naples on August 17th staying for a few nights before travelling further down the coast to celebrate our wedding. Unfortunately we arrive in the middle of the Italian public holiday and it appears that many restaurants in Naples will be closed for a few weeks. I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants that will still be open over the August holiday, any budget, especially special / romantic locations so we can start our celebrations in style! I love the sound of Dora and other seafood speciality restaurants - unfortunately this is closed! And of course a good pizzeria – whilst in Naples – it would be rude to miss it!

We have a few good restaurant recommendations for Ravello, the Amalfi & Cilento Coast and Ischia which is where we will spend the rest of our holiday - but any others will be very welcome!

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  1. Hopefully the huge trash problem will be solved by then!!

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    1. re: torta basilica

      what huge trash problem? Naples is messier than northern cities (as we noticed on our visit a couple months ago) but is there a special problem thats arisen recently?

      1. re: jen kalb

        It was all over the news a couple of days ago:

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/668...

        http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070524/a...

        Evidently, the local dump has closed & they're just burning it in the streets - ewww....

        1. re: torta basilica

          wow - nuf said. hope the crisis will be resolved soon.

    2. As a lover of all Campanian things...I would dine someplace other than Napoli this August. Trust me on this one. This isn't the first time there has been a trash problem. There are plenty of restaurants in Ischia, Procida, Avellino, Benevento..etc.

      1. If you're near Avellino, try Eolo in Rocca Rainola. Don't worry about the trash problem. Enjoy !!!

        1. Ignore the post about eating elsewhere - things will be sorted by August, and besides Naples offers a totally different gastronomic experience to the rest of Campania. Try one of the places right on the water in Marechiaro, in Posillipo I think, I dont remember the names of the restaurants here but you can find out. Incidentally, how do you know Da Dora is closed then, I was planning on eating there right at the beginning of August - do you know when it closes?

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          1. re: isaac

            the latest I read is that central naples has been cleaned up - I think Naples is a must-visit in the area its a really dynamic, interesting place - with absolutely great food on the street and indoors, a worldclass art museum and great cityscape-historic and interesting architecture. Pizza - perfection in dough at da Matteo 94 via Tribunali (seating upstairs)
            , .

            1. re: isaac

              I read in our Time Out guide to Naples that Da Dora is closed August, not sure when it closes. The national holiday is August 15th Assumption Day, so safe to assume it will be closed at least that week.

              I certainly have no plans to change the itinerary, I love Naples and think the trash crisis (or rubbish as we Brits call it) should be resolved by then.

            2. I don't know if it will be open in August or not, but we just got back from Italy and were at Antica Pizzeria da Michele: http://www.damichele.net/
              They only make 2 kinds and it's amazing (and cheap and fun).

              Here's another good article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A765074

              1. I have lots of family in Napoli, my uncle Sergio took me, my Mother & daughter to "La Caverna di Posillipo"We had a feast, over 14 courses.The ceiling is over thousand years old, since it was a cavern dating back to ng the time of Christ. Plus Posillipo is a beautiful part of Napoli, even a song written about Posillipo. The restaurant is across from the sea. The best pizza place in Napoli is "Brandi"

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                1. re: bsantoro

                  I definitely agree that pizza at Brandi is the best, but so is the rest of their menu, which far exceeds expectations of a "pizza place". Try their appetizer plate - full of marinated grilled vegetables, onion pie, and other yummy things. We also had a truly wonderful meal (and totally reasonable) at Umberto, near Piazza di Matiri in the Chiaia area. Lastly, I would also recommend Amici Miei, Via Monte di Dio 78, (also in Chiaia) if you're tired of seafood. I had a filet with red wine sauce that was to die for, and even their simply grilled chicken was moist and full of flavor.