I just finished posting the Eat Pray Love guide to the best pizza in Naples. But Naples is more than just pizza so here is a list of excellent restaurants in the city. One of the joys of eating in Naples is that the seafood is very fresh and deliciously prepared. Among my favorite seafood dishes are spaghetti alle vongole (clams), rice with octopus, and tagliatelle with squid ink. Other local (non-seafood) favorites are involtini di melanzane (thinly sliced eggplant rolled up with filling) and pasta puttanesca (tomato sauce with garlic, olives, capers and anchovies).
Cibi Cotti: tiny restaurant hidden away in the Torreta market , good inexpensive food, not yet discovered by tourists (open only for lunch); via F. Galliani 29, Mergellina.
Antica Osteria da Tonino: traditional Neapolitan dishes in the Chiaia district; via Santa Teresa a Chiaia, 47.
La Locanda del Grifo: pizza, pasta, risotto, gnocchi served outdoors on a lively terrace; via F. del Giudice, 14.
La Vela: small, simple restaurant serving amazing seafood right on the water in Posillipo, great views of the sea; Calata Ponticello a Marechiaro, 37.
La Stanza del Gusto: specializes in wine and cheese, this funky restaurant also serves wonderful small plates (prix fixe or a la carte) and vegetarian dishes; prix fixe menus between 35 EUR and 65 EUR; reservations recommended; Via Costantinopoli 100, + 39 081 401578.
Osteria da Dora: one of the very best seafood restaurants in Naples; 30 Via Ferdinando Palasciano, + 39 081 680519.
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Esme Vos is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mapplr.com. Since 2007, Mapplr has been providing discerning travelers with advice on where to stay (hotels with character), good restaurants and cafes around the world. Mapplr’s sister site, Shopplr, publishes shopping recommendations around the world