Italy was never really on my radar until someone I knew went and showed me the pictures. The photos were gorgeous, I knew I wanted to go one day so when my friend Lina told me a couple of years ago that she wanted to go to Italy for her 40th, of course I was in! At the time, I thought Italy would be my one big trip this year, who knew I’d be going to a Scottish wedding in March and spending 3 months in the UK. Life does surprise us.
Co-ordinating 7 gals on an international trip all over Italy was interesting. We all ended up coming and going at different times. Lina, Su and Sharon were already in Naples when I got there. They were out on their tour (I’m not a big tour person) so I spent the days in Naples wandering and sleeping (jet lag is real).
First things first, after I got settled in, I went in search of food. What is Naples known for? Pizza! They are famous for their pizza and I love eating the specialty of the region. I wandered around and checked out the beautiful scenery. The bad thing about Naples is there’s a lot of graffiti. I have to say, of all of the cities I visited in Italy, Naples was my least favorite. I just think there were a lot more beautiful cities. Naples is used as a homebase to visit other cities. Su did a lot of the tours, she’ll have to come back and tell you about where she visited in Naples.
Now back to the pizza. We were in Italy in August so it was hot and it was busy. I wanted to eat outdoors so I could enjoy the scenery. I found a place that was hopping and asked the waiter which pizza I should order. I went with the classic neapolitan pizza: tomato sauce, cheese and basil, ordered with my side of sparkling water.
Look at how gorgeous this pizza is. The pizzas are meant for one person but could easily feed two which is funny considering how Americans are known for their huge portions (I’m a fan). What I’m not a fan of is this pizza. Their pizzas have a soggy crust due to all of the sauce and that is a pizza no no for me. I only ate the outer parts and the toppings. I like my crust crispy.
But I had this beautiful view while eating. I was hoping for a young hot Italian waiter but alas, he was an older, not hot waiter but very sweet. He didn’t rush me and was worried that I didn’t finish my pizza. I just told him I was full.
I absolutely love fruit trees so it’s wonderful to wander down the streets and see orange trees. It reminded me of being in Greece with all of fruit lined streets.
The girls got home late but that was fine with me, wasn’t like I wanted to go out partying, lol. The next morning, they were off on another adventure. By the time I got ready, it was lunch time. Again I went wandering. The internet in my room didn’t really work so I chose my restaurant based on wifi capability but made sure to pick a place that was busy, yet not so busy I had to wait.
I absolutely loved this platter. 3 kinds of cheese, 3 kinds of cured meats, roasted veggies and a boiled egg. There was so much food, I couldn’t finish.That’s a good reason not to finish my meal.
Just a small example of the graffiti. It was everywhere unfortunately.
When the girls got back home we went out to dinner. Unfortunately, where we had planned to go to dinner, that supposedly had the best pizza in town, was closed, so we wandered around alleys and streets until we were so hungry we just picked a place. Not the best way to pick a restaurant.
The girls hated the wine they ordered so didn’t drink it and ordered a different bottle. I did enjoy my mussels tho even tho I can’t remember much about them.
Su ordered two kinds of pizza because she wanted to compare. Again, I didn’t like her neapolitan pizza but I was a big fan of her fried pizza! Mainly because it didn’t have a soggy bottom. I loved how airy and crispy this crust was. I would definitely order this and the pizzas were relatively cheap, which is why she ordered 2.
Remember that bottle of wine they didn’t drink? When they went to pay the bill they tried to get it taken off because it was so bad. The waiter (his service was very poor) told the manager that they drank most of the wine and came back and grabbed the almost empty bottle of wine off of our table as proof. He was such a poor waiter that he never cleared off the full wine glasses so we had set them on a different table. Su came back and grabbed their full wine glasses (the reason the bottle was almost empty) and the charge was taken off of the bill. If only he had cleared the table.
My time in Naples was brief, the girls had already been there for a few days. I can’t wait to see what the rest of Italy has in store for me!