Street Food Walking Tour Of Naples With Video.

Naples is considered the homeland of authentic Italian food. Using a train to access this city that’s located on the southern side of Italy, I could not help but love its uniqueness. It’s a cool place that’s filled with friendly locals and beautiful views. Additionally, this city is rich in history thanks to ancient architecture and art.

But during my walking tour in Naples under the guidance of a local guide, one thing that completely stood out is the cuisine. As a constant traveler, there is no better way to experience a new destination other than sampling the different dishes. During my recent trip to the city of Naples, below are some of the foods that I indulged in and why they are a must-try.

Cuoppo

According to my tour guide, Cuoppo Napoletano is the real definition of the Italian street food and I couldn’t dispute that statement after tasting it. This is one of the tastiest foods that I have ever eaten. Taking a bite, this humble dish deeply engaged my taste buds and I couldn’t stop taking more bites. The mouthwatering delicacy has a distinct taste and it defines the unique Italian tradition. I learned that traditionally, cuoppo is normally made using mini-panzerottis, potato croquettes, mozzarella, aubergine, and courgetti flowers. It’s one of the trendiest foods in Italy because it perfectly represents the Italian street food. While I enjoyed taking some bites in the restaurants, Cuoppo is also a takeaway delicacy which most food lovers can enjoy eating while walking along the streets and alleys of Naples.

Crocche

Although they are popularly known as Crocche, some locals call them potato croquettes or the crochettes. With the Naples Crocche, I just couldn’t stop munching on it. Crocches have a beautiful brown appearance. They contain potato, mozzarella, and pepper.

Generally, the crocches are small in size. I could estimate that they were measuring between 3-4 centimeters in terms of length. Their dark-gold outer covering gives them an appetizing appearance. From my tour guide, I learned that Crocches are versatile. Some restaurants not only use mozzarella, potatoes, and black pepper but they enhance their taste by using additional ingredients such as eggs and Parmigiano. If you are a foodie who is planning to visit Naples, I highly recommend that you shouldn’t leave this place without taking a bite of the sweet Crocches. You can take as many as you wish just to satiate your taste buds.

Naples is filled with a wide range of local snacks and dishes. If you are a food lover like me, you might find it very challenging to choose one food. They all have tasty aromas and their appealing appearance will simply entice you from a distance. Apart from the Crocche, Arancino is another type of food that I sampled.

Arancino

They are beautiful and delicious stuffed rice balls. Arancino means one and if they are many, they are called Arancini. An arancino is a crispy and brownish stuffed ball that contains rice, mozzarella, beef, peas, and tomatoes. Tucking in my piece of Arancino, I could understand why it’s one of the popular street foods in Naples and also the whole of Italy. Additionally, they are also cost-friendly.
During my Naples walking tour and after visiting a couple of restaurants, I later learned that arancini can be made with various ingredients to create certain variations. In Naples, for instance, the most common types of Arancini which are sold in the Sicilian cafes normally have tomato sauce, meat, mozzarella, and rice. Some of them also have cheese. There are also other arancini specialties which you can engage in if you are keen enough about food exploration.

What I enjoyed during my Naples walking tour is that there are numerous restaurants and eateries which made it easier to have a taste of different foods. Besides that, having the tour guide with me made me feel like am exploring my local town. Note that Italians are real food lovers. While going for the Tarallo Napoletano, we could notice the restaurant was full to the brim, with lots of people waiting outside for empty tables. Well, this is because the foods are simply delicious and enjoyable.

Tarallo Napoletano

This is one of the street foods that I first indulged in during my Naples tour. The attractive and mouthwatering Tarallo is normally formulated to have different flavors and tastes. Taking a mouthful of this salty food, Tarallo Napoletano is one of the must-haves if you are in Naples. It is made with salt, pepper, flour, chopped almonds, lard, and yeast. Traditionally, Tarallo Napoletano is normally accompanied by a glass of wine but you can eat it alone, just like me.

Baba

Street food lovers in Naples take their Babas’ very seriously. While looking for an eatery with baba, I couldn’t help but notice that huge crowds of locals who were waiting to get a serving. Baba isn’t only a cherished and sweet dessert; its taste means that it has become a legit and iconic street food. Well, don’t be surprised if you are in Naples and someone tells you that you’re a baba, this simply means that you’re sweet.

Taking my baba with a topping of chocolate, this delicious and brownish food almost made me place another order, or even a couple more. But I realized that no matter how many babas you take, I will simply never have enough. A baba is a type of leavened dough that’s soaked in the traditional rum. While I took my baba with chocolate, you can take it with whipped cream, ham, or fruit toppings to make it look glossier.

Naples has a wide range of street foods which feature the Neapolitan traditions. They have amazing flavors and taste to cater to different taste preferences. Note that I enjoyed these foods with no cutlery or accompaniments. They can be taken from the restaurants or while enjoying a walk down the streets. All the above-mentioned street foods made my walking tour in Naples one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Not only are they so sweet, but they contain unique and authentic ingredients that make you want more. I mean, you’ll only take four to five bites before you realize that your delicious food is gone.

Salerno Tour: the Best Mozzarella Farms & Dairies

One of the staples of Italian cuisine is cheese. Many different types of cheese are produced around Italy, and one of the most famous productions in the country and worldwide is mozzarella. Featured in many international dishes, like on pizza and as a main ingredient of the Caprese salad, mozzarella is at the center of the Mediterranean diet. Some of the most delicious mozzarelle of Italy are produced by dairies located in Campania. In this article we’ll showcase some of the best places where you can buy and sample mozzarella near the city of Salerno, with a focus on the original Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and related dairy products and we’ll see what options tourists have if they decide to tour the dairies and discover the stables, facilities and production techniques of these amazing foods.

Tenuta Vannulo

mozzarella tour
mozzarella tour

South of Salerno, following the coast, you’ll find the city of Paestum. Around it, in smaller towns and in the countryside, are located several dairies housing buffalos and cows. In Capaccio Scalo you’ll find the Tenuta Vannulo, which features many different areas and along with them, several activities you can enjoy: the dairy features animals in the buffalo farm; a shop where you can find buffalo milk, cheese and leather goods; there’s a museum where you can discover the history of the family and the dairy itself, along with the tools and techniques employed to produce excellent buffalo mozzarella. The animals are fed, looked after and milked with extreme care, and the mozzarella is produced following the highest standards of hygiene and quality.
The dairy has a restaurant, with many options, one of which is a tasting menu that features organic vegetables farmed locally in the Tenuta Vannulo and many types of cheese products to showcase the range of the dairy’s ability: ricotta, mozzarella and more. A must have is the buffalo milk ice cream, especially when paired with a brioche, or yogurt.

Caseificio Barlotti

Also in Paestum but in the town of Capaccio-Paestum proper, is the Caseificio Barlotti. Visiting the Caseificio Barlotti is a great experience and you’ll be able to see the buffalos at the dairy’s farm and try the dairy products produced here straight from the source. The dairy is nestled among the Temples of Paestum and right after a tour of these incredible ruins, you can stop by the Caseificio Barlotti to purchase and sample their productions: buffalo mozzarella, ricotta, ice cream made from buffalo milk, cheeses and even incredible steaks made from buffalo meat. Along with the vegetables grown at the farm, it makes for a great lunch at a great price for the quality it offers.
The Caseificio Barlotti really has it all, with a tour where you’ll meet the buffaloes, see the process of making and pulling the mozzarella into shape, and a great selection of excellent cheeses and foods to choose from for a unique dining experience.

Taverna Penta


The Taverna Penta dairy farm is located in Pontecagnano Faiano, not far from Salerno. The dairy offers tours where visitors can meet the animals and find out more about the farm and the milking process, see and lean about the production of the mozzarelle and finally taste the varieties of buffalo mozzarella produced or choose to have a light lunch with the various cheeses and other local produce and dishes. Next to the dairy you’ll also find the Yogurteria, a yogurt joint where ice cream and yogurt made exclusively from buffalo milk are served, both plain and flavored. All the milk used at the dairy comes from the Azienda Agricola and the Allevamento Filippo Morese, named after the current owner – a member of the Morese family, who established the farm and started this family tradition.

Caseificio Ilka

Located in Salerno, in Via delle Calabrie 29, the Caseificio Ilka has many dairy products to offer, and a dedicated area where clients and visitors can sample the various options and explore the differences between Buffalo and Cow milk products. One of the main productions of the Caseificio Ilka is the “Corona di Paestum”, a uniquely crafted Buffalo mozzarella wreath made with braided sections of mozzarella cheese, masterfully pulled and assembled by master dairymen. The dairy offers many traditional cheeses typical of the region, such as Pecorino and Caciocavallo, and produces mozzarella cheese for specific use on pizza.
The dairy has an elegant, modern shop. There is a space that clients can use to sample their purchase right away, on location and this makes the experience even more authentic, since this means that visitors and customers can taste the products directly at the place of production. You can also have a quick meal here with mozzarella, ricotta or other types of cheese, prosciutto and local loaves of bread and glasses of wine.