START IN STYLE: NAPLES
Take your pick from home-style trattorias, deli parlours and top-end restaurants. This history-drenched city has always been a draw for foodies. Where savoury fritti snacks sold from market stalls are as renowned as the Michelin-starred establishments.
Naples‘ most prized staple is undoubtedly the crispy Neapolitan pizza. Rapidly baked and doused in olive oil, the classic marinara is simply topped with tomato, garlic and basil. The salsiccia friarelli is a tasty mix of sausage meat and local bitter greens. While margherita features the locally produced soft buffalo milk mozzarella.
Pasta dishes such as spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams) make a lovely sea-front lunch. But for perfect sightseeing fuel, fill up at the friggitorie you see everywhere. Bite into flaky fiorilli, courgette flowers in batter, or Arancini, large breaded rice balls filled with meat or mozzarella. Then, if you’ve still got room for dessert, try the citrus-scented ricotta tart, pastiera napoletana.
Top tip: If lunching like a local, you wouldn’t normally sit down to eat before 2pm.