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“The best pizza ever? Dunno...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele

L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Via Cesare Sersale 1/3, 80139 Naples, Italy (Pendino)
+39 081.5539204
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Ranked #86 of 1,854 Restaurants in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $18
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Pendino
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“The best pizza ever? Dunno...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

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 :)

Visited September 2013
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“Keeping things simple makes for an authentic (and delicious) experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This pizza was enjoyed hot and straight out of the box whilst sitting on a roof terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples with some incredibly fun friends. We opted for a simple (and insanely cheap) dinner on our last night in Naples and it did not disappoint. The service was pretty quick given that there were masses of people waiting outside and the restaurant was rammed with people at 9pm on a Monday night.

We ordered at the till by the door and were given receipts to take to a waiter by the kitchen. We stared in awe at the way the pizzas were being made so quickly: dough being rolled out, sauce being ladled on, buffalo mozzarella being broken roughly and sprinkled on before the pizza finally being scooped up on a shovel and slid straight into the hot stone oven in the wall where you could see the crust glowing, the cheese oozing and the sauce bubbling - sexier than an M&S food ad, I swear. The pizzas were then put into our boxes and we took them away to enjoy hot. Quick and easy and definitely for you similarly impatient folk out there who really can't be bothered to wait for a table in this place amongst the massive cluster of people spilling onto the street.

Who knew something so simple could be so delicious?

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Perfectly balanced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

The best pizza I have ever had. They only serve two types. The crust was perfectly balanced. They are constantly busy, head inside, get a number and wait for them to call you to sit down. I wish this place was where I live.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“good pizza - long wait”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

went on monday aug 26 at 2:00pm - waited two hours to get in and another 1/2 hour to get our pizzas - good margherita pizzas for 4 euro each and bottle of italian beer for 2 euro

if the wait was not so long, I would probably liked it better (my kind of place)

we had 4 other pizzas on our southern Italy trip and they all were about the same

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Don't leave Napoli without getting a pie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We spent an entire Saturday hunting down all the pizzerias in Napoli worthy of a visit and hit 4 in just one day. Da Michele is by far my favorite among them. I love the Marianara pizza from this place - so simple but yet so delicious!

Once you have had pizza in Napoli, nowhere else in the world will even come close to providing that combination of authenticity, quality, freshness, value and "OMG" moment in a pie. If only the city pays as much attention to maintaining cleanliness as they do on making pizza.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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