The best 'Cuoppo' in Naples: must-visit spots

Jul 1 2024, 15:31
Fish or battered vegetables, crocchè, and frittatine: the cuoppo is a food lover's best friend, allowing you to enjoy a mixed fry while walking through the city

A paper cone filled with small golden delights: the cuoppo perfectly represents the ancient art of Neapolitan street food, a mixed fry packet often filled to order according to the customer's wishes. In the past, it was the food of the people, cheap and delicious: there was also an unspoken agreement between traders and customers, who could pay in instalments but within eight days.

The best Cuoppo in Naples

Il Cuoppo – Friggitori Napoletani

This legendary Neapolitan walking cone is filled here with many fried delights to choose from according to your taste from a wide range of options. Mozzarella balls, anchovies, squid rings, potatoes, battered vegetables, crocchè, arancini, and pasta frittatine are fried on the spot, resulting in crispy and light treats, perfect for a tasty stop while taking a stroll. There are many other branches in Naples and beyond the region.

Il Cuoppo – Friggitori Napoletani – via San Biagio dei Librai, 23 -

La Passione di Sofi

With more and more locations in the city, the region, and even the capital, this brand officiates the all-Neapolitan ritual of frying every day, respecting traditional recipes. The counter display is truly inviting, and you’ll find the usual array of arancini, crocchè, pasta or gnocchi frittatine, montanarine, as well as pizzas and calzones. And for those who want it all, there's the mixed cuoppo to nibble on while walking.

La Passione di Sofi – via Toledo, 206 -

Friggitoria Vomero

This historic establishment has served generations of Neapolitans from the 1930s to today, particularly residents of the city's upper district, Vomero. Crocchè, arancini, eggplant, spinach, seaweed, polenta, and paste cresciute, along with fried pizzas with ricotta and mozzarella, escarole, and montanare. The Acunzo family has always fried in plain sight, and you don't last so many years without doing it right. For a few euros, you get a piece of heaven, in the popular style that is the soul of street food.

Friggitoria Vomero – via Domenico Cimarosa, 44 -

Antica Pizzeria Di Matteo

A centuries-old pizzeria in the historic center of Naples and a must-stop for Neapolitan street food. Many titles and testimonials support the excellence of this business and its protagonists, who have nourished and entertained all patrons, including tourists. Beyond the pizza, folded into quarters to go, the friggitoria is the star for variety and goodness: rice balls, pasta frittatine, scagliuozzi di polenta, zucchini flowers (fiorilli), artichokes, zeppoline, and the inevitable fried pizza. An indulgent delight you must try while walking among churches and monuments. The wait to get in or make a quick purchase is well worth it.

Antica Pizzeria Di Matteo – via dei Tribunali, 94 -

Errico Porzio

For a stroll, besides Neapolitan pizza, you can find excellent cuoppi with rice balls, crocchè, zeppoline, frittatine, and fries; or montanare with mortadella, ricotta, and pistachio crumbs, or genovese sauce and buffalo mozzarella. Many locations of this business started in Vomero, now present in other parts of Campania and Lazio, and rumours suggest that expansion is not over yet.

Errico Porzio – via Alessandro Scarlatti, 84 – via Cornelia dei Gracchi, 27 – via Partenope, 11 -

Antichissima Pizzeria Port’Alba 1738

The date of origin alone is enough to understand that here we are in the history of pizzerias and street food. In the historic center, near the Conservatory of Music, at one of the city's oldest gates, where young people and tourists stock up on cuoppi with crocchè, rice balls, breaded mozzarella, fried zucchini, mini pizzas, stuffed and plain zucchini flowers, and pasta frittatine. Then there are the seafood cuoppi: squid, shrimp, seaweed zeppoline, red mullets, cod, and “a fica a suace”. You can recognize the place by the aroma that fills the whole street.

Antichissima Pizzeria Port’Alba 1738 – via Port’Alba, 18 -

Mercato della Pignasecca

A carousel of colorful stalls and the lively bustle of people shopping, browsing among stalls and shops selling fish, fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, as well as cold cuts, dairy products, and cheeses characterize this market. Among the various street food spots present, the fish cuoppo from Pescheria Azzurra stands out, a stall offering fresh fish products every day, which are even more delicious when fried.

Mercato della Pignasecca – via Pignasecca, 28

1947 Pizza Fritta

A simple and informal place where you can taste a delicious fried pizza. But alongside the star of the place, the legendary cuoppo is not to be missed, the rolled paper cone containing zeppoline, pasta frittatine, and crocchè, irresistible golden morsels. There is also a tasty seafood version with anchovies, shrimp, and squid.

1947 Pizza Fritta – via Pietro Colletta, 29/31 -

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