The last time I was in Naples, 9 years ago, I came in the evening and left in the morning. I never got to try pizza in its birthplace. This has bothered me till now. I was determined to have pizza in Naples.
Unfortunately, none of the “famous” places take reservations. There is ONE place that my hotel told me about that I will write about in the future, but its not one of “THE” places.
Anyway, based on my research, I had narrowed down the number of places I wanted to try to 4, and Sorbillo was the first. It was almost 40 degrees in Naples the day I went, and a 20 minute walk from our hotel.
Its a bit hard to spot, but this is the front:
You have two options at this point:
- Find the guy taking names (he is not the one pictured in the front), and wait in line.
- Go inside, and order for takeout (which I did not know was an option at first).
I gave my name to the person taking names and then waited about 10 minutes in the blistering heat. At that point, I decided to ask the people who already had pizza eating outside, what the deal was. I learned that you can go inside, order at the counter and then have pizza within 10 minutes. I had no idea how long the line would take to eat inside, and so given the heat, decided this was the best option for me.
I went inside, placed my order, waited outside, and within 10 minutes, someone came out and called my name carrying my pizza. TIP: there is a small store selling drinks across the street with tables where you can eat your pizza. Here is it:
I got the Margherita DOP.
- The crust was perfect in terms of flavor and consistency. It had a nice chew.
- The mozzarella was delicious
- The sauce was perfectly acidic and runny
Was it worth the 9 year wait? Yes! I would eat this everyday if not for the heat and long line!