Caffè Gambrinus • Naples

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Caffè Gambrinus - entrance.
Caffè Gambrinus – entrance.

A couple of reasons helped me to decide picking Caffè Gambrinus for a quick stop:

  • Their absolutely beautiful and charming in-store decoration, (with a classy and vintage look)
  • To try an authentic Naples cappuccino,
  • And to finally have a Sfogliatelle (traditional Neapolitan pastry) – a flaky pastry stuffed with a delicious ricotta cream.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia.

My order

We both decided to have a cup of coffee there and get the sfogliatelle for take away.
Here is the complete order:

  • Hubby: caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
  • Mine: Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.
  • To share: sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla.
Caffe Del Nonno - espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Italian Cappuccino - double espresso and steamed milk foam.
Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.

You may not know but there are two main types of sfogliatelle:

Sfogliatelle frolla (rounded) and Sfogliatelle riccia (curly).
Of course, I decided to try them both. But here is the difference between them:

Sfogliatelle riccia (the curly one): the crust is some sort of puff pastry (using lard instead of butter), crunchy and flaky.
The filling is not super sweet, made of a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.
You must eat it still warm, preferrably fresh out the oven.

Sfogliatelle frolla (the rounded one): uses pasta frolla (shortbread crust) instead of the flaky sfoglia crust.
The filling is pretty much the same; a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.

Sfogliatelle Riccia and Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla (on the right).
Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle frolla in detail.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia in detail.

Everything was very good.

I personally liked the sfogliatelle frolla better, its pastry is more my type of thing.
No words for its filling though, definitely something from heaven.

I had it again as a pie filling on one of my train trips, simply delicious!

The verdict

The place architecture is beautiful, coffee and pastry equally good. However, they get packed due to its central location!

There is always a waiting line for seating and waiters tend to get a bit distracted.
So in case you are short in time just place your order directly at the counter.

Interesting enough, they charge €0.50 to use their toilets, even if you ordered something.
Unusual, but kinda understandable due to the number of tourists in the surroundings.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/ZQEvqxT4vgx

More information: www.grancaffegambrinus.com/en/


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Pizzeria Brandi • Best pizza in Naples!

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Pizzeria Brandi - entrance.
Pizzeria Brandi – entrance.

Did you know Naples is the home of pizza?

I was also told that there is no bad pizza in Naples, every place you go you will leave with a happy smile on your face.

Well, I didn’t exactly intend to put it to a test as I had only a single chance to have pizza there, that’s why we picked Brandi Pizzeria.

This place is one of the oldest pizzerias in Italy, and legend says it was where the very first Margherita pizza was ever made, a gift for Queen Margherita that was visiting the city.

Of course, while in Naples we couldn’t miss this one!

My order

Nothing inventive here, we were super traditional with our choices:

  • To share: Vesuvio salad – smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
  • Hubby: Capricciosa pizza – tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
  • Mine: Margherita pizza. (of course, right? 😜)
Vesuvio Salad - smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
Vesuvio salad – smoked buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, and mixed leaves.
Limonccelo.
Limonccelo.
Capricciosa - tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
Capricciosa – tomato, cheese, mushrooms, peas, and cooked ham.
Pizza Margherita.
Pizza Margherita.

As you can immediately see, the Neapolitanian pizza has a different crust from the Romanian one.

The base is thin but the borders are fluffy and doughy, more like a bread texture.
It also has a generous amount of tomato sauce.

How did I find the pizza?
Well, personally, it was THE BEST PIZZA IV’E EVER HAD! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Everything was super delicious: tomato sauce, that buttery fresh mozzarella, the uber fluffy dough. YUM, YUM, YUM!

Just a side note about this pizza, different from the Romanian one, eating the whole thing is a very hard task.
The fluffy dough takes a lot of space in your stomach, so manage what you eat in order to finish your plate! 🙂

I also got excited and tried a shot of Limoncello, a traditional Italian liquor.
Super strong but it leaves a pleasant lemon flavour in your mouth. Recommended!

The verdict

The place is small and located in a very busy area, so try to book in advance or arrive a bit earlier during peak hours.

Service was good and pizzas were on our tables very quickly.
Definitely, a must go while in Naples.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/2vG5wFSobQ62

More information: www.brandi.it/inglese/


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Naples.