Saw Naples, Now I’m Dead

I got back from a conference in Naples a week ago, but came down with a cold a few days later so haven’t had a chance to turn my impressions and photos into the usual post for posterity. (Fortunately, the little guy seems to have escaped infection.) While I was away the North Sea decided to take a holiday in Britain, and now everything feels damp and un-Mediterranean.

The longer post will come, but in the meantime here’s a picture of reputedly the best margherita in Naples, from Da Michele in Centro Storico. It was indeed delicious—the tomatoes were sweet cherry ones grown only on the side of Vesuvius, and the mozzarella was the proper buffalo kind melted onto the surface in blobs. The soft crust was thin in the middle, thicker around the outside, and scorched by the oven like a chapati. The locals fold their pizza up and eat it with a knife and fork, so I followed suit. Definitely one of the better pizzas I’ve eaten—not bad for four euros.

Margherita from Da Michele, Napoli

24 June 2007 · Travel

Actually, some web sources say that Da Michele doesn’t use buffalo mozzarella after all, but either way it tasted delicious. I grew up thinking mozzarella was grated rubbery yellow cheese you kept in a plastic bag in the freezer.

Added by Rory on 25 June 2007.

I have the cold now. If it was a Neapolitan cold originally, this has to be your fault ;)

Haven't been to Italy since 1999 (also for a conference); really, really want to go back. An abiding memory is the cheapness and goodness of the pizza, but nobody ever believes me about the cheapness.

Added by K on 25 June 2007.

No, I caught it from Jane, so it’s an Edinburgh cold. Probably caused by the Harr...

Added by Rory on 26 June 2007.

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