I think trying to pin down any one pizzeria as the best in the world is like trying to pin down the best coffee bar. It all depends on your taste and there are literally millions of good to great ones out there. We went on a Thurs. night and waited a max 30 mins for a table. A local next to us noticed me reading the menu on the wall and simple said "doppo mozzarella". The only choice with double mozzarella (supposedly real buffalo, not the imitation made from cows' milk) was the margherita so that's what we ordered (for an unbelievable price of 5 euros). Watching them make the pizzas was cool, but I've seen this in many other pizza joints as well.
The pizza came out very quickly and looked very appetizing. The crust had a nice rim that was properly charred, thin and chewy under the sauce and the sauce was just right (obviously made on the premises). The mozzarella was very tasty and there was enough of it. I was disappointed the only one basil leaf was plopped in the center, I expected at least 4 (although one may be traditional). The crust tasted like it had no yeast true to the Neapolitan tradition, it's made from yesterday's leftover dough and technically therefore is a sourdough crust (but not very sour which is good).
So, great? yes. Excellent? Depends on what you are used to. The best in the world? Impossible to say. An unbelievable value in any case.
If you are looking for traditional pizza in Naples “verace pizza napoletana“ keep in mind that by law it has to have specific ingredients and has be labeled as correctly (Google it). I wish we had tried another buffalo mozzarella pie but we just didn't see any. We passed by literally dozens of pizzerias with no specific names for their pizza, which makes me think they were not at all genuine Neapolitans.
And yes Da Michele really is where Julia Roberts had a slice in Eat, Pray, Love :)
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