World’s Best Pizza : L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele


L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is known as the best Pizzeria in Naples, and the World; it holds true to it’s name. Catering to hundreds of thousands of hungry patrons each year, it has no problem at preceding its reputation on a daily basis. In the summer of 2005, I was staying with a host family in nearby Castellammare. My host sister and I decided to spend the day in Naples, wandering around the city and doing a little bit of shopping.

We had been walking for hours, through hundreds of tiny winding streets, and I was starting to get hungry. My host sister announced that she had the perfect idea, and led the way around the next corner. I stumbled along behind her, down a steep, cobbley street and ended up splashing myself in a puddle–of something. Shaking off my soaking foot, I looked up to read a sign labelled “L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele”.


I’ve heard that the line-up can be daunting, and most people don’t want to wait that long. There was absolutely no line-up when I arrived, and we went straight inside. It was a small room, with a few tables in the front, and a large brick pizza oven in the back.

The walls were tiled along the bottoms in white and green, and decorated around the tops in various materials. There were religious shrines, large, shiny pizza pans, and many different plaques and framed photographs. The tables were a dim grey marble, set with utensils, napkins and a few condiments. My sister and I sat at a table on the left side of the room, and she ordered our meals in Italian.


The waiter returned to the area in the back where all of the action was happening. The other men set to work and I could smell fresh dough and tomatoes in the air. It was quite a scene to watch, as they flipped the doughs and spread the sauces on other pizzas. They all yelled at each other in Italian, and one of the men turned the volume up on the stereotypical Italian accordion music playing on a small radio.

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By the time our pizzas arrived, I was starving and couldn’t wait to dig in. I had been in Italy for a month already, so I knew what to expect; the man placed an entire pizza down in front of me, and another entire pizza down in front of my sister. These Italians sure can eat, and luckily my metabolism must have adjusted to allow me to do the same. We feasted


Photobucket It’s almost impossible to describe how good that pizza tasted. Americanized pizza just cannot compare, it’s too thick and yeasty. Neapolitan Pizza is the perfect combination of thin, yet perfectly crunchy crust and moist oils. The tomato sauce manages to melt at the touch of your tongue, and has a milky taste to it. Topped with a few fresh basil leaves, the flavour bursts into your mouth with each bite. Complete with a local beer, wine or glass of water, you can’t get much better than Neapolitan Pizza. Photobucket We finished our meals, rested for awhile, then went back on our way. I am truly happy that my host sister decided to take me there that day, and I cannot wait to make a return visit!

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4 Responses to “World’s Best Pizza : L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele”

  1. Mrs. Traveler
    April 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    That pizza looks yummy!

  2. Ryan |
    April 28, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    Wow, that pizza looks incredible!
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  3. Robert Wilson
    February 18, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Looks delicious. I agree, can’t beat proper Italian Pizza with the wafer thin base. I find the deep pan pizzas too stodgy.

    March 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Yummy! That looks so good. I like to cook my pizzas on a stone to get the crust evenly baked and crispy. That’s what makes the perfect pizza.

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