What’s In Naples?

Sorbillo is the right place to Ascend to pizza heaven

Pizzeria Sorbillo is a slice of pizza heaven and you may have to brave some hellish queues to eat here, tucked among churches, Roman ruins, and catacombs in the historic center of Naples. The pizza-making royalty in Naples, Gino Sorbillo, head pizzaiolo and heir to this historic family’s pizza making throne. The main man makes pizzas that are substantial yet curiously light, with enviably tender yet crunchy crusts using the same mother yeast his family has used for generations. The perfect ratio of loaded Fiori Latte cheese and gentle acidic San Marzano tomato sauce for their famous Margherita. Try the carmine pizza for a spicier option which comes with salami and freshly grated parmesan.

Uncomplicated Da Michele

Da Michele is a distinguished gold statue of Saint Antonio Abate, scaled above the century-old pizza patron of pizza producers and firemen. In Naples, the link between pizza and fire is an object of religious commitment. To savor this pizza that was featured in the movie Eat, Pray, Love, tourists arrive in flock daily. Limited to two types of pizza is offered here: with tomato sauce, Fiori di Latte cheese, and basil Margherita pizza, and the even simpler marinara, covered with nothing but tomato sauce and oregano the restaurant is a study in plainness.

Capricciosa fit for a Prime statue at Pizzeria Di Matteo

Pizzeria Di Matteo is what Neapolitans think of as the place where President Bill Clinton consumed pizza during the 1994 G7 Summit, but without waiting in a long queue is why we recommend it as one of the few places you can get an exquisite pizza in central Naples. The capricciosa is always a stand-out, topped with tomatoes, prosciutto, artichoke, and mushrooms.

The prime ingredients at La Notizia

Apart from the crowd is his near-religious loyalty to the quality and origin of his ingredients is what sets master pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia and his restaurant La Notizia. The term DOP (Denominazione Origine Protetta) in Italy is granted to high-quality foods grown or processed in locally authentic, accustomed ways. To make his delicious DOP pizza, Coccia make use three DOP ingredients: ‘00’ tomatoes from San Marzano, Caputo flour, and mozzarella cheese made from buffalo milk. To produce an elusive simple culinary success, the rich, it gives rise to fruitier, more flavorful tomatoes, provided by volcanic Vesuvian soil, that fuse with fresh mozzarella cheese.

Starita: The sauciest marinara

Famous for creating the best marinara pizza in Naples is Pizzeria Starita. The pizza dough is covered with fresh datterini (cherry) tomatoes, with a fine layer of San Marzano tomato sauce, and wild oregano is prepared by Antonio Starita. He includes a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese just as the pizza comes out of the oven. To form a stimulating aromatic pizza, the oregano blends into the saucy folds of crust. Try the Angioletti Dolci fried pieces of pizza dough drowned in Nutella, is worth to taste if you’ve got a room for dessert.

 

Picturesque Morocco

Morocco is, after all, the country where the Sahara Desert comes to a stop on the striking waves of the Atlantic Ocean and once-nomadic Berber tribes have made their homes in walled-cities high in the Atlas Mountains, the country Morocco has some truly picturesque scenes, which should shock no one. It is another matter of knowing where to find these iconic scenes. To get a peek into what makes Morocco special, better check out these five destinations.

Aït Benhaddou
The walled city of Aït Benhaddou is perhaps even more splendid while the medina in nearby Ouarzazate gets most of the noticed. The sand-colored buildings of its kasbah merge almost smoothly into the desert mountains and are situated in the Atlas Mountains. Hit films including The Mummy, Gladiator, Babel, and Prince of Persia have all used the town as a set which made the town a popular filming site in recent years.

Essaouira
Situated a few hours drive west of Marrakech on the Atlantic Ocean is Essaouira. Contrasting to the more desert-colored themes of other Moroccan cities, its white walls and buildings with blue trimming stand in desolate. The main charisma is the seafood restaurants and small shops in the medina although the town’s sandy beach is a good place for a short ride with camel and windsurfing. As if it’s safeguarding the city from the waves, the city wall stretches along the sea and is the place to be daily at sundown.

Fez
Fez has an absolutely different feel to it compared to the cities of the more desert-like southern Morocco, as it’s situated in an area of forested mountains and has a correspondingly crisp climate and it is part of northern Morocco. There lies the world’s largest active medina inside its walls, a literal puzzle of small lanes loaded with bazaars, cafes, and shops.

Marrakech
Classic Moroccan city, Marrakech and when one thinks of Morocco, odds are that the city’s palaces, spice markets, and mosques are the first things that come to mind. It is a must on any trip to spend a few days in a riad (grandeur guest house) right in the medina and shopping at the bazaars and munching at the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square.
Check out the Atlas Mountains Hotel in the small village of Amizmiz if you wanted to get out of the city and be alone in the crowd a bit. In the jagged and remote High Atlas Mountains, this small town is situated about 60 kilometers south of Marrakech.

Tangier
Just across from Gibraltar, Tangier is at the very northern tip of Morocco and is a popular entry point for travelers arriving via ferry from Spain. Tangier was a popular stomping ground for Beat-generation poets and authors in the 50s and once legendary for its bohemian lifestyle. There’s still a unique je nes sais quoi that makes the city above and beyond interesting to check and discover while most of the city’s care-free spirit has given way to greater tourism.