Neapolitan Pizza Recipes

In Naples, the pizza isn’t just a technical achievement—it’s an art form, a sacrament, and a birthright. These 9 expert pizza and appetizer recipes were featured in the story The Gold of Naples.

Pizza Margherita (Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pizza)

This most iconic of pizzas is topped with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves, the colors of the Italian flag. Get the recipe for Pizza Margherita (Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pizza) »

Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza (Pizza del Papa)

Antonio Starita, the owner of Pizzeria Starita in Naples, served this butternut squash-topped pizza to Pope John Paul II.

Fried Pizza with Marinara Sauce (Pizza Montanara Starita)

This signature pizza of both Naples’ Starita and New York City’s Don Antonio pizzerias is at first fried, then slathered in a rich marinara sauce before it is quickly baked to melt the mozzarella.

Walnut Pesto and Zucchini Pizza (Pizza Noci e Zucchini)

Creamy walnut sauce is paired with golden pan-fried zucchini and smoked mozzarella on this Neapolitan-style pizza.

Pistachio and Mortadella Pizza (Pizza Pistacchio e Mortadella)

A buttery pistachio puree bolsters this mortadella and mozzarella pizza.

Rachetta (Racket-Shaped Pizza with Mushrooms and Tomatoes)

A portion of the crust for this pizza is stuffed with earthy roasted mushrooms to mimic a tennis racket handle.

Ham and Cheese Calzone (Calzone di Prosciutto e Ricotta)

This hefty calzone is stuffed with ricotta and two types of cured pork, and topped with a tangy tomato sauce. Get the recipe for Ham and Cheese Calzone (Calzone di Prosciutto e Ricotta) »

Fried Dough with Arugula and Grape Tomatoes (Angioletti Fritti con Rucola e Pomodori)

A bright and simple salad adds fresh contrast to fried strips of pizza dough.

Spaghetti Fritters with Ham and Smoked Mozzarella (Frittatine di Pasta)

Coiled strands of spaghetti soak up a creamy sauce in these delectable fried ham and cheese fritters.

Pasta da Pizza (Naples-Style Pizza Dough)

The secret to making this pizza dough is to let it slowly rise in the refrigerator for 48 hours–that’s what gives it its deep flavor and tender structure.