La Movida . . . . Neapolitan Night life.

Alleys at night.

Alleys at night.

 

Napoli is a lively city at night as well as during the day.  As soon as the sun goes down, it becomes a very interesting universe of joyful people, kids playing football, girls wearing the best dresses just to impress, families, couples and singles, it is a place where everything is possible, even some bookshops turn into vibrant bars or the fishmonger shops into smart fish restaurants. 

Bars and restaurants are open until late and are always busy.  For late I mean, really late almost until dawn.  Some could be scared just to go out in the 'dangerous' alleys of Napoli.  It's nothing like that.  I have been living in Napoli all my life and I have always felt safe.  Just take the usual precautions that you would do in any other city.   I actually found that many tourists get used to this night 'lifestyle' very easily.  How could you not.

Especially in Summer, when the schools are finished, the heat is more gentle in the evening,  from the promenade to the historical centre, everywhere is always very crowded with markets, musicians or just people that can't sleep or don't want to.   Everywhere is an interesting place to visit.  It just depends of what you are looking for.  You can have a pizza or a burger, to sit in or take away.   There are also lounge bars and wine bars (enoteche), or listen to live classical music in an old churche or a dj set in a pub. 

Kids playing football in piazza Dante until late.

Kids playing football in piazza Dante until late.

 

The areas called baretti which means 'little bars' have a lot of lounge bars, clubs and bars where you can have a nice drink and chill out with friends.  There are many around Napoli and they are not only for the young people, there is a huge choice for every age. The old town, from piazza Dante around piazza del Gesu' and  Monteoliveto is an area very crowded especially with students, in fact not far from there is a university.  Here there are lots of pizzerias, restaurants, kebab shops and bars where you can have a nice cocktail or a shot for €2.  Not far from here is the Keste' which is more than a bar, it's an art gallery with live music sessions. 

Book shops in the morning, bars in the evening in piazza Dante.

Book shops in the morning, bars in the evening in piazza Dante.

Pizzerias open until late, Port'Alba pizzeria.

Pizzerias open until late, Port'Alba pizzeria.

San Sebastiano street at night.

San Sebastiano street at night.

In the posh area of Riviera di Chiaia you will find small and trendy bars with dj set music like the Kiki bar or many more around via Chiaia, via San Pasquale or vico Belledonne.  There is no need for me to tell you which one is the best, there are so many and they are always full of people.  A nice walk along the promenade to Borgo Marinari around the Castel dell' Ovo is a very interesting spot for restaurants and bars near the sea.

Going up to the hill of Vomero you will pass to via Aniello Falcone, another area full of baretti like Il Baretto, One, Baik or Flame.  The bonus of this area is the stunning view of the gulf, which is not included in the price!

Once you are at the Vomero, there is a good choice of bars and pubs, like Goodfellas, where every night there are live tribute bands performing. There is the famous Fonoteca with a huge range of classic cocktails and music.  Some other bars have on certain days of the week cocktails at fixed prices from around €1 to €3. 

All the areas have very trendy and popular bars so for me it is not easy to recommend one in particular.  The beauty of going out is not only the venue itself but what's around, in fact the night life is more outside, in the streets, in the narrow alleys and in the squares.  It is this vibe that makes this city so unique and charming.  

If you want to stay out until late be aware that much of the transports will close quite early (check the section Travel info of my website for metro and funicular timetables) however, you can walk from one place to another (for instance from the old part to the promenade is more or less 30 minutes) but if you are getting to or from the Vomero taking a taxi will cost you around €15. 

A typical Neapolitan night out is not to get drunk, but to enjoy some good food, a chat with friends and few drinks.  If you want to live like the 'local' you should go first to a pizzeria or a pub and then in one of those bars until you are not too tired.  There is no rush, remember, you are in Napoli, and here having a good time is more important than sleep!

 

Book shop in the daytime, bar at night, Perditempo,  Vico S. Pietro a Maiella, 8, 80138.

Book shop in the daytime, bar at night, Perditempo, Vico S. Pietro a Maiella, 8, 80138.

Pizza take away at Pizzeria I Decumani,  Via dei Tribunali, 58, 80138 Napoli

Pizza take away at Pizzeria I Decumani, Via dei Tribunali, 58, 80138 Napoli

Another book shop/bar Libreria Berisio,  Via Port'Alba, 28, 80134 Napoli.

Another book shop/bar Libreria Berisio, Via Port'Alba, 28, 80134 Napoli.

If you need a quick refreshment, for a few euros you can have a handmade lemonade. 

If you need a quick refreshment, for a few euros you can have a handmade lemonade. 

Pizza Experience for the Addicted!

Pizzeria al 22, Via Pignasecca 22, 80134 - Napoli

Pizzeria al 22, Via Pignasecca 22, 80134 - Napoli

As soon as you land in Napoli you can already smell the pizza!  Yes, I'm not joking!.  As a welcome to the city there's the first pizzeria already at the arrivals exit.

My husband actually still believes that neapolitan children (especially me!) are born in a pizzeria. You can't explain otherwise our insane love for pizza!.  I am not a scientist myself, but I can certainly prove that eating one pizza per day helps to keep you fit and healthy.  You can't argue with simple ingredients like tomato, olive oil and basil.  It's good for your wallet (posh food but affordable) and mainly for your mood.  It tastes so good and satisfying.  It means love yourself and the others.  That's why 'going out for a pizza' is the most common social activity in Napoli, almost a spiritual moment.  A philosophy of life.

If your mouth is already watering just at the idea of eating a pizza, guess what it would be like to make your very own pizza!

Pizza maker on the job.

Pizza maker on the job.

The guys at Pizza Experience have some courses running in Napoli in November and December. Its a complete full immersion course to help you understand the tradition and history of this popular food.  Well, not to mention that you will be able to make your own pizza from scratch with all the traditional ingredients and prepare the dough in the famous traditional way by hand.  I haven't personally done these courses so I can't comment on them, but if anyone is interested here is some of the info they sent my way.

Making pizzas at Pizzeria al 22.

Making pizzas at Pizzeria al 22.

The first of these two workshops "Fatte 'na Pizza" (Have a pizza) will be held every Sunday of November in association with Pizzeria Al 22.  Participants will be welcomed by Giovanni Improta, descendant of a family of pizza makers and will have four hours to make their pizza and at the end to taste the result together with a selection of typical Neapolitan food, local wine and beers. 

In December (from 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 27, 28, 29 and 30) the workshop will be Take a look at that pizza in Rosario Piscopo’s Pizzeria.  Here she will reveal secrets, tips and techniques for a proper pizza.  At the end participants can eat the food freshly made, discuss food and traditions and have a really fun time.

Education of the pizza means to know how to taste and appreciate its flavours. Once that you have tried a real neapolitain pizza there's no way back and you will never ever look at your frozen pizza from the supermarket the same way!

Courses will be held in the pizzerias, closed to the public only for this occasion, in English, Italian and Neapolitan. At the end the participants will receive a certificate of attendance, a personalized apron, a typical Neapolitan keepsake and not least the energy and the Neapolitan life philosophy!.

 

Itinerary of the courses:

'Fatte 'na Pizza'

Welcoming Neapolitan style Coffee;  Presentation of the Neapolitan pizza - Historical overview from the beginning until today;  Selection of the raw materials and description of the basic equipment; Demonstration and preparation of the dough made by hand;  Insights on the leavening and maturation process;  Preparation of the wood-fired oven and baking of your own pizza in order to eat it folded in four;  Tasting at the table of three Neapolitan pizzas paired with beer, wine or soft drink;  Presentation of the attendance certifications and gadget gifts with souvenir photo;  Final toast.

Min 2 - Max 12 people.

Duration: 4hrs (tasting included)

Sunday, 6-13- 20-27 November 2016 - Schedule 2017 on www.pizzaexperience.it

10.00 to 14.00

€ 75,00 per person (a launch price just for the Sundays in November)

€ 65.00 children from 6 to 16 years

Free for bambini from 0 to 5 years

www.pizzaexperience.it - info@pizzaexperience.it - tel: +39 345.1049203

Pizzeria Al 22, Via Pignasecca 22, 80134 - Napoli

 

'Take a look at that pizza'

Presentation of the Neapolitan pizza - Historical overview from the beginning until today;  Selection of the raw materials and description of the basic equipments;  Demonstration of a dough prepared by hand made by the Master pizza maker;  Insights on the leavening process and preparation of the pizza;  Tasting of mix fried food and traditional pizzas paired with beer, wine or soft drink;  Presentation of the attendance certifications and gadget gifts;  Final toast.

Min 6 - Max 28 people

Duration: 2hr30mins

Thursday and Friday from 17.00 to 19.30

Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 12.30

December 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 27, 28, 29 and 30 - Schedule 2017 on www.pizzaexperience.it

€ 39.00 per person

€ 34.00 children from 6 to 16 years

Free for bambini from 0 to 5 years

www.pizzaexperience.it - info@pizzaexperience.it - tel +39 345.1049203

Pizzeria Rosario Piscopo, Via Egiziaca a Pizzofalcone 100, 80132 - Napoli

 

Apprentices.

Apprentices.