What is Neapolitan Pizza?

Neapolitan pizza is considered by many to be the world’s best pizza style. Invented in the late 1800s in Naples, Neapolitan-style pizza offers a delicious morsel of history with every bite.

Neapolitan pizza is defined by its crust, which is slightly crispy on the outside and wonderfully chewy within after a 90-second turn in the oven. Margherita pizza – topped with tomatoes, basil, and creamy fresh mozzarella – is the most popular Neapolitan pizza, but there are tons of variations available near you on Slice.

With the creation of the Neapolitan pizza, the modern pizza as we know it today was born. Grab a slice of history and a slice of delicious Neapolitan pizza.

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Neapolitan Pizza Near You
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Vocelli Pizza
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20630 Ashburn Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147
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The Dons' Wood Fired Pizza
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21018 Southbank St, Sterling, VA 20165
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Villa Italian Kitchen Leesburg
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$4.99 Delivery
241 Fort Evans Rd NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
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Giovanni's NY Pizza
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$5.00 Delivery
520 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176
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Solo NY Pizza
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700 Fieldstone Dr NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
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Spice Town
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150 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170
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Vocelli Pizza
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$2.99 Delivery
42010 Village Center Plaza, Stone Ridge, VA 20105
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Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana
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12207 Darnestown Rd, Darnestown, MD 20878
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Vocelli Pizza
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721 E Main St, Purcellville, VA 20132
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Vocelli Pizza
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12311 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
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Ciao Osteria
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14115 St Germain Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
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Pazzo Pomodoro
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Free Delivery
118 Branch Rd SE, Vienna, VA 22180
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Da Marco
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Free Delivery
20630 Seneca Meadows pkwy, Germantown, MD 20876
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Manhattan Pizza & Pasta
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$2.00 Delivery
312 E Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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Mason Pizzeria & Grill
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$2.99 Delivery
4290 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Neapolitan Pizza in New York
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Prince Street Pizza
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27 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
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Broadway Pizza
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2709 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
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Lil Frankie's
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19 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
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Lil' Frankie's
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Free Delivery
19 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
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Saba's Pizza
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Free Delivery
403 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
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Cafe Viva Gourmet Pizza
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2578 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
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San Matteo Takeaway
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$2.00 Delivery
1731 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
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Lexington Pizza Parlour
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Free Delivery
1590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029
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La Trattoria Pizza
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844 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017
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Best Pizza On 1st Avenue
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1038 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022
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Lenz's Delicatessen
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Free Delivery
514 E 20th St, New York, NY 10009
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Mariella Pizza
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Free Delivery
965 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021
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Ovest Pizzoteca
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513 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
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San Matteo Pizza & Espresso Bar
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1739 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
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Little Italy Pizza
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55 West 45th St, New York, NY 10036
Neapolitan Pizza in Brooklyn
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Pizza Daddy
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6422 Bay Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11204
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The House of Pizza & Calzone
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132 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Da Nonna Rosa
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140 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Il Bel Paese Pizzeria & Trattoria
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305 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
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La Casa Bella
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2579 Cropsey Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214
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La Nonna Krispy Krust Pizza
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Free Delivery
175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Roma Pizza
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$2.00 Delivery
85 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Pizza Secret
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$3.49 Delivery
72 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Gino's Trattoria & Brick Oven Pizza
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Free Delivery
548 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Fazio's
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Free Delivery
709 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
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Tony's Pizza Italian Eatery
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355 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Pizza D'Amore
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2147 Mill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234
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Uncle Frankie's
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3007 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11218
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Pizza D'Amore
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8949 Bay Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11214
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Sabrina's Broadway Pizzeria
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294 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Neapolitan Pizza in Philadelphia
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Lazos Pizza & Grill
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$3.00 Delivery
2533 Poplar St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Montesini Pizza
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6420 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19135
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O Sole Mio Brick Oven Pizza Napoli Style
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$5.00 Delivery
250 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Park Pizza
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434 S 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
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Angelo's Pizzeria & Family Restaurant
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$2.50 Delivery
11036 Rennard St, Philadelphia, PA 19116
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Venice Pizza & Grill
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$2.00 - $5.00 Delivery
8107 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136
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NYPD Pizza
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$5.00 Delivery
140 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Zio Pizza Palace & Grill
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$1.00 Delivery
157 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Supreme Pizzeria & Bakery
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$3.00 Delivery
7514 Castor Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152
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Brazilian Pizza Philly
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$6.90 Delivery
7518 Castor Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152
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Allegro Pizza & Grill
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Free Delivery
3942 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Macaroni's Restaurant
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Free Delivery
9315 Old Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19115
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Pizzeria Vetri
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Free Delivery
1939 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Big Daddy Pizza
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1916 Welsh Rd #14, Philadelphia, PA 19115
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King of Pizza
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3633 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140
Neapolitan Pizza in Washington, D.C.
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Ghibellina
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1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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Tesoro
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4400 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
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Italian Pizza Kitchen
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4483 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC 20008
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Pizzarro
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467 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Al Dente
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3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
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Ella's Wood Fired Pizza
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$4.65 Delivery
610 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
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Il Canale
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$6.90 Delivery
1065 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
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90 Second Pizza
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$6.90 Delivery
1077 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
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Mozzeria DC
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1300 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
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Pizza Autentica
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300 7Th St Sw, Washington, DC 20024
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Pizza Autentica
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Capitol View, 425 3rd St SW, Washington, DC 20024
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Pizzeria Paradiso
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3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
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Pizza Autentica
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1015 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
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RedRocks H Street
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1348 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
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Pizza Autentica
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1331 L St NW Washington, Washington, DC 20005
Neapolitan Pizza in Chicago
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New York Halal Pizza
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$5.00 - $50.00 Delivery
2262 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
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Cafe Luigi Pizza
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$3.50 - $10.00 Delivery
2548 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
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Anto Pizza & Pasta Chicago
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$6.90 Delivery
1547 W Jarvis Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
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Sapori Napoletani Pizzeria Napoletana Wood Burning Oven
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$6.90 Delivery
6050 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631
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Bacci Pizzeria
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$6.90 Delivery
2343 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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Bacci Pizzeria
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$5.00 Delivery
2301 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612
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Andiamo Pizzaria
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$3.50 - $5.00 Delivery
2814 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
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Colletti's
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$3.00 Delivery
5707 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60646
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Pizza Art Cafe
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Free Delivery
4658 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60625
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Caponies Trattoria
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Free Delivery
3350 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
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Coda Di Volpe
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3335 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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Calo Ristorante
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5343 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Neapolitan pizza near you

So, what is the Neapolitan pizza?

A thin and soft crust, simple toppings like raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, and some olive oil, right?

Well, it is not as simple as it may seem.

The authentic Neapolitan pizza is made by strict standards, using certified, high-quality ingredients, and following a meticulous procedure of preparing and baking the dough.

The modern Neapolitan pizza was invented more than 130 years ago. You can find a Neapolitan pizza near you and enjoy a slice full of gastronomic history.

The Best Neapolitan Pizza Near You

Craving a delicious Margherita or Marinara pizza right now? Find the best Neapolitan pizza near you with the Slice app for pickup or delivery. In New York? Order the best Neapolitan pizza near you from Song’ E Napule Pizzeria for pickup or get it delivered to your door.

When in Chicago, get a handcrafted Neapolitan pizza from Forno Rosso Pizzeria. Both certified by AVPN (The True Neapolitan Pizza Association), and available in the Slice app.

Neapolitan Pizza delivery

The best part? You can get amazing Neapolitan pizza for a convenient curbside pickup, without leaving your car.

Furthermore, you can order a piping hot Neapolitan pizza with delivery, brought to your door. Search for local mom and pop pizzerias near you.

The Neapolitan Style Pizza: Origin Story

So, how does it all start? Even though pizza in some form was eaten since ancient times, it was never topped with tomatoes.

The tomatoes were brought to Europe in the 16th century and were considered poisonous at the time. However, that changed when the poor Neapolitan peasants at the end of the 18th century started topping their flatbreads with tomatoes.

Afterward, the first Marinara pizza was born, traditionally made by “la marinara” (the seaman’s wife) for her husband when he returned from fishing trips. It was made with tomato, garlic, oregano, basil, and olive oil.

The story goes that the pizza we know (and love) today was invented in the late 19th century. The Neapolitan pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito is believed to have created the first Margherita pizza.

Esposito was a chef in a Neapolitan pizzeria called “Pietro…e basta così”. (Still operating as “Pizzeria di Brandi”.) So, when in 1889, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Savoy visited the city, he served them three pizzas. One of them was made with the resemblance of the Italian flag and consisted of tomatoes (red), mozzarella (white), and basil (green).

Moreover, this special pizza caught Queen Margherita’s attention the most, and thus was named after her.

That is how the Neapolitan pizza was born, although many historic stories and facts claim that pizzas with the same ingredients as the Margherita were made prior to 1889.

Only a few years later, the Neapolitan pizza would become popular worldwide. Once the Italian immigrants took their first steps on US soil in the early 19th century, it became an American staple.

It was the Neapolitan-style pizza who set the scene for the nation’s favorite NY-style pizza.

The True Neapolitan pizza


The Neapolitan pizza type is replicated by many pizzerias worldwide. However, there is a Neapolitan organization called Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) that certifies pizzerias for using proper artisan traditions of authentic Neapolitan pizza.

So far, there are almost 100 certificated US pizzerias, in 32 states. According to the official, authentic requirements by the VPN, the flour for the Neapolitan pizza must be soft (type 0 or 00, or both). Only fresh yeast can be used, and the dough should be kneaded and formed by hand.

The dough must be 0.12 inches thin and should be baked for 60 to 90 seconds in a wood-fired oven at 900 degrees. The high temperature creates slightly charred bubbles on top of the crust.

Moreover, the cheese on top should not be abundant, to bring out the savory flavors from the tomatoes and the basil.

Neapolitan Pizza Varieties

The toppings create different Neapolitan pizzas. Therefore, we have 3 official variations of the Neapolitan pizza: Pizza Margherita – made with tomatoes, fresh sliced mozzarella, fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.

  • Pizza Margherita – made with tomatoes, fresh sliced mozzarella, fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Pizza Margherita extra – topped with tomatoes, sliced mozzarella di Bufala, fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Pizza Marinara – with tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and extra-virgin olive oil.

The tomatoes used for the Neapolitan pizza can be either San Marzano or Pomodorino del Piennolo del Vesuvio. Regarding the cheese, it can be fior di latte, made from cow’s milk, or mozzarella di Bufala, made from water buffalo milk.

Neapolitan pizza nutrition value

Since all three types of Neapolitan pizza have simple ingredients, it is lower in calories. A single slice of Margherita or Marinara pizza can have from 250 to 300 calories

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