Eating out in Italy is a pleasure and even more so if you're able to navigate your way through a regional Italian menu, and not only recognise, but correctly pronounce the specialities that you would like to try.
If you're touching down in the vibrant southern coastal town of Naples, the pleasure that comes from discussing, sharing, cooking and eating food is palpable, and many might argue, the life blood of the chaotic and buzzy streets.
Make your eating out experience all the more authentic by learning how to order these five best Neapolitan dishes in Italian, and impress your circle of food loving friends, as well as the locals, come ordering time.
1. IMPEPATA DI COZZE
HOW DO YOU SAY THAT?
This typical Neapolitan summer dish is based on mussels in a frying pan, with pepper and salt, and served in their cooking water. The simplicty of the ingredients makes the mussels sing in what is a tasty and delicious dish befitting of the location that usually comes served with grilled bread.
2. SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGOLE
HOW DO I ORDER IT?
Al dente spaghetti with fresh clams can be found on menus in most parts of Italy, but it's the province of Naples that birthed this popular dish that you'll enjoy time and again.
3. SALSICCIA CON FRIARIELLI
HOW DO I PRONOUNCE THAT?
Traditional rustic Neapolitan cooking at its finest is showcased in this simple yet delicious dish of generous flavoursome pork sausages paired with the bitterness of the friarielli, a variety of broccoli typical of the regions of southern Italy.
4. PARMIGIANA DI MELANZANE
HOW DOES THAT SOUND?
While the debate rages on over who first invented this iconic Italian dish, we invite you to sit back and tuck into a generous portion of eggplant and cheese bake, Parmigiana di melnzane. While regional variations can be found throughout Italy, here the eggplant comes stacked with frior di latte cheese or provolone, and parmesan.
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE THAT?
This iconic Neapolitan tart made with cooked wheat, eggs, ricotta cheese, and flavoured with orange flower water is usually eaten at Easter, although you’d be forgiven for eating it year round. Imbued with history, legend has it, it was the one cake that managed to put a smile on the famously downturned lips of Queen Maria Cristina of Savoia. Once tried you'll understand why.