Here are two notable restaurants that I pass by every chance I get. A pizzeria with a Neapolitan spin and a cantina showcasing wines and exclusive recipes.
Inside the exotic pizzeria O'Munaciello — Photo courtesy of Hans Holiday
O’Munaciello has an ambiance that's sure to be unlike anything you've ever experienced. Located on Via Maffia in the Santo Spirito neighborhood, the circus-like atmosphere is ensconced in an old stable of the Church of Santo Spirito. The main dining room is covered with many twinkling lights, vines of flowers, and statues of angels. With the high arch ceilings, the convivial sounds of the restaurant bounce off the walls. There are also scenes of Naples street life in still life art as well as old Neapolitan newspapers adorning the walls. The tables are lined with place-mats of an ancient Neapolitan game.
Elegant entrance to Cantina Barbagianni — Photo courtesy of Katie Greenaway
On the other side of town near the Duomo, Cantina Barbagianni serves up creative dishes. Dishes like tagliatelle with saffron, polpette in a Chianti tomato sauce, and a dizzying array of homemade desserts. The ambiance is low-lit and warm, making this a perfect place for a romantic evening for two or a jovial outing with a close group of old friends. There is a back room available for a private wine-tasting as well (with reservations.) The menu changes every 3 months and always incorporates the traditional taste of Italian cuisine. It is recommended to make a reservation if you plan on going on the weekend. Cantina Barbagianni is an old cantina, so there are a few tables upstairs but an open room downstairs.
Polpette in a Chianti tomato sauce — Photo courtesy of Katie Greenaway