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Your Favorite Pizza in Italy--worthy of a train ride or a long wait in line

We'll be based in Florence and then a few nights in Rome...but willing to take a train to have amazing pizza. Where were your favorites? Do we go to Naples?

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  1. No doubt the pizza in Naples is a cut above. Whether or not it is worth a train ride from Rome is another story! Do not take offense but I have to chuckle at your request for less-fattening pesto on another thread, combined with this one!

    If you do go, I thought Sorbillo on Via dei Tribunali was extraordinary, but I am sure you will get assorted opinions...

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    Sorbillo
    Via dei Tribunali, 32, Naples, Campania , IT

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    1. re: erica

      I know!! Pathetic, right??? But we eat whatever we want on vacation...so we have to try to save up those calories the rest of the year. My husband's only request when we rented an apartment in Paris was that it be within walking distance of the best patisseries. He told me he was having two croissants every day for breakfast.

      1. re: DaisyM

        there are some serious pizzerias in Rome - maybe our Rome folks will pipe up to recommend the best/most interesting, There seems to be some innovation going on there. I think Naples pizza is wonderfulm- with the best crust ever and a classic style - and love Naples as an amazing place to visit which should not be limited to a walk betwwen the station and a pizza meal - but am not sure I would take the train ride strictly for a pizza when there is so much good eating around in Rome.

        1. re: jen kalb

          Well, you can get to Naples on the Frecciarossa/Eurostar in an hour ten; a one-day return, 2nd class, is about 80 euros. Or a little less on somewhat slower regular trains. I'd go for a Naples immersion; a trip to Sorbillo would be a nice part of it. But that's me and my math.

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          Sorbillo
          Via dei Tribunali, 32, Naples, Campania , IT

    2. I feel your pain. It's a challenge, actually.
      Deb and I have been known to take the fast train from Rome to Naples for the express purpose of seeing world-class sculpture and eating great pizza. Sammartino's "Veiled Christ" in the Cappella Sansevero is stunning. A pizza at Da Michele on your way back to the train station is pretty good, too. Go late. Naples has its charm.

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      Da Michele
      Via Cesare Sersale, 1, Naples, Campania 80139, IT

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      1. re: steve h.

        I knew there were others who would take the train for a day of pizza!

        1. re: DaisyM

          A modest piece of advice: Naples is a rabbit warren of twisty little streets. Maybe load a decent navigation app on your smart phone and subscribe to an appropriate international data plan before leaving home. It makes walking around a lot less stressful.

          Edited to add: Don't even think about driving in the city.

      2. You may want to just follow the news closely on Naples before you go... they are enduring some serious trash removal problems from what I read (and its escalated into residents setting piles of trash on fire). That said, we did very much enjoy our pizza in Naples - particularly Trianon. I would brave trash for it, but perhaps not fire.
        http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

        You'll find many more opinions here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/627860

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        Trianon
        Via P. Colletta 46, Naples, Campania 80139, IT

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        1. re: _emilie_

          Thank you....the trip isn't until April, but I'm trying to figure out if we add an extra night in Rome or Florence. And I believe pizza will determine that!

          1. re: DaisyM

            March/April is the best. Have too much fun.

            1. re: steve h.

              Thank you. Saving calories and cholesterol till then so we can eat all the pizza and pasta that we want.

        2. We didn't eat a ton of pizza while we were in Italy but one of my favorite meals the entire trip was pesto and mashed potato pizza. I don't remember the name of the restaurant but it is on the corner of Faenza and Nazionale in Florence. It faces Nazionale and is on the side of the street closest to the train station. They have a ncie garden area in the back and the pizza was great!

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          Nazionale
          Via Cavour,60, Vernante, Piedmont , IT

          1. I in fact HAVE taken the train from Rome just for pizza at Da Michele. I've tried quite a bit of pizza in Rome and in Naples. To me Da Michele is still the king. But it depends what kind of pizza you like. Frankly, Roman pizza is not like Naples pizza, so if you like the Roman style, then don't take the train to Naples.

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            Da Michele
            Via Cesare Sersale, 1, Naples, Campania 80139, IT

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            1. re: GeraldI

              I love that you took the train for pizza! My husband went to Yale. So, to him the pizza by which all are compared is Sally's or Pepe's. Sounds like a day trip to Naples is in order.

              1. re: DaisyM

                Be aware that when one of Italy's top food blogs published a photo of a Pepe's pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms some time ago, the Italian readers' comments were along the lines of "What on earth is that?!?"

                Roman pizza is not like Neapolitan pizza, and neither is like Pepe's pizza.

                1. re: zerlina

                  I guess we have to go to Naples!

                  1. re: DaisyM

                    On the spur of the moment we've driven to Da Michele from Switzerland. Through the years we've had tons of great pizzas in Italy (as well as tons of mediocre pizzas). Da Michele is in a class by itself. Simple, pure, superb ingredients. The best in Naples? Every Neopolitan has their own favorite but odds are you have never eaten better and, perhaps never will.

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                    Da Michele
                    Via Cesare Sersale, 1, Naples, Campania 80139, IT