Sara’s Weeknight Meals: Season 12

Episode 1203: Pizza and Lemons, Naples to Sorrento

Naples and Sorrento are neighboring Italian seaside towns with wildly different food traditions. In Naples, I’m on the hunt for the perfect pizza in the place where it all started.   First, I unlock the secret recipe for the best Margherita pizza at the famous Gino Sorbillos.   Fried meat filled pizza may be even better than that, or is the best one a unique star shaped pizza with a cheese stuffed crust?  Just across the bay in Sorrento it’s all lemons, all the time as I visit a proud family of lemon growers.   They make a citrus flecked cheese and Grandma’s Lemon Pasta in a lemon grove overlooking the Mediterranean

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Here I am with Amedeo Colella, my splendid guide from Culinary Backstreets of Naples: https://culinarybackstreets.com/category/cities-category/naples/


Amedeo Collela is a tour guide for Culinary Backstreets of Naples and television host who studies, writes and lectures on “The Neopolitan Way of Living.”He is the author of several books about Naples, including “Mangia Napoli,” the definitive guide to eating in Naples and operates a publishing house called Cultura Nova.

Here are the Pizzarias we visited in Naples:

  1. GINO E TOTO SORBILLO, Via dei Tribunali, 32, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy (classic Neopolitan Pizza) Pizzamaker: Salvatore Sorbillo, patriarch of pizza making clan.
  2. LA VERA PIZZA FRITTA DA GENNARO, Via Giuseppe Simonelli, 58, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy (fried pizza) In between a double crust, it was stuffed with pork, ricotta cheese, provolone cheese and tomato sauce.
  3. PIZZA DA ATTILIO, Via Pignasecca 17, 80134 Napoli NA, Italy (Star Shaped pizza) Pizzamaker was Atillio Bachetti.  He made Pizza Carnivale, which uses the typical ingredients for lasagna, the traditional dish of Carnival.


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