Pictured above: The famous Neapolitan Margherita pizza.
Napoli is famous for one thing above all: their pizzas. Touted as the birthplace of the pizza pie, Napoli is home to thousands of pizzerias, all of which claim to be the best in town. Many people often come here with the desire to try an authentic Neapolitan pie, and assume they just absolutely cannot have that experience anywhere other than one of the old, famous name pizzerias downtown, such as Pizzeria da Michele, made even more famous by the film, “Eat, Pray, Love” and Pizzeria Brandi, supposedly the birthplace of the famous Margherita variety. However, in the last nine months, we have had the fortune to eat some seriously obscene amounts of Neapolitan pizza, and though every.single.one has been delicious, there have been a few standouts that definitely deserve some attention (even more than the touristy “name brand” ones, in my personal opinion.) Today’s standout pizzeria for me is: La Chamade.
First of all, my husband and I laugh about the fact that our fave pizzas in all of Naples happen to be right down the street from us, in a little storefront located in the seaside town of Lago Patria, a small Neapolitan community on the western outskirts. It’s my understanding that La Chamade has three or four locations around Napoli, and with the dozens of times I’ve visited (usually for takeaway, since the pizzas are fully cooked after being in the oven for about 90 seconds. I’ve never had a pizza that was less than phenomenal. I also like my pizzas with a side of humor, which I think the people at La Chamade got right – this is the giant image of them on the wall in their dining room area… the middle guy eating pizza in the Jacuzzi just also happens to be the same guy who makes our pizzas – yup. I’m for real.
Pictured above: The wall decor in La Chamade… it calls to you.
One of my fave La Chamade creations is known as the “Guancia e Guancia,” a pie made with pureed roasted artichokes w/ olive oil, smoked mozzarella, pecorino romano cream, guanciale (an Italian meat similar to bacon) and cherry tomatoes (which I opted not to have.) Sometimes I swap the tomatoes for sliced mushrooms too… oh man. This is making me hungry.
Pictured above: La Chamade’s “Guancia e Guancia” without tomatoes.
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