It's so cheesy that this restaurant is named after Bill Clinton. But then cheesiness might be a plus when it comes to pizza.
It's popular with both tourists and locals. A lot of Italians will tell you that it's the best pizza in Italy. I think that it's great pizza and better than you'll find in any other city in the world (especially New York) -- but it's pretty typical of a lot of pizza in Naples. You're probably not going to find any better pizza anywhere - but you might find pizza that's similar a couple blocks away. The menu is very typical.
Cozy ambiance inside a faux cave. Try the house wine. Service is fine, although sometimes it's crowded. This is a mandatory stop if you're a tourist in Naples - but something you'll want to get over with on a not-so-busy weekday.
When I came to eat here I didn't know it was "world famous" and featured in guide books. I was spending my summer of 2012 with my friend and his family who are from Naples. They didn't recommend me any particular place, but when I told them I went there they thought I researched the place. After telling them no, I didn't they were surprised and quite happy that I discovered this place on my own. They tell me that the locals like it there, too. I started chatting with the waiter using my broken Italian and his simple English and we got along quite well. I can't wait to get back to Napoli again next year try a different pizza.
By the way, I'm totally lactose intolerant, and although I was worried about the effects, I didn't suffer at all like I would have with pizze from the USA. Perhaps the cheese was better. Anyway, if you're lactose intolerant, too, don't blame me should you have gastric problems... decide for yourself. Enjoy!
When I was in Napoli, I asked the locals which was their best pizza in town. The unanimous answer was Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente! My family and I was coming off of a day trip to Capri, and headed directly to the restaurant via cab. We were aware that the area was not safe to walk around even during the day time. It's not like the American ghetto, but it's not safe in a sense that a moped will speed by you and grab your purse or snag your Rolex. I've heard that on an average day on Via Tribunali, 6 Rolexes are snatched!
Ernesto Cacialli, a native Neapolitan, has won national and international awards for his pizza making abilities. I forget what the restaurant was called before the current name, but they changed the name to "Il Pizzaiolo del Presidente" after Bill Clinton has visited his famous pizzeria and ate there.
Simply the best pizza I've ever eaten in my life!! If you're a typical American who have never tasted true Neapolitan pizza, you probably won't like it. This place is for people who have eaten and appreciate good Italian pizza. The Italians eat their pizza with fork and knife or you can use your hand, but they are so soft you must roll it up if using your hand. They put extra drizzle of olive oil at the end when the pizza comes out of their 1000 degree brick oven. So the consistency can be perceived as "wet." Americans are used to eating the pizza that are dryer. They don't like drippy and wet pizzas. But trust me. It is the most delicious pizza ever!! The dough is just the right amount of chewy, moist in the middle and crispy on the crust.
Try their Vesuvio which's a fried pizza. Imagine a calzone but it's not a half moon shape, it's a whole pizza round shape. Filled with meat and gooey cheese, crispy on the outside from being fried, and not too oily, this incredible hot volcano of a pizza is a MUST try. We also ordered the classic margherita, and we also ordered the Diavola which's topped with spicy pepperoni and sausages.
Immediately after Da Michele we went to il Presidente for a comparison of the Neapolitan pizza margarita.
Décor is pretty lame with a faux cave feel and crappy one-step-up-from-plastic wooden chairs - but who cares, it's all about the food, right?
I was strongly disappointed that they only sold GERMAN BEER??? here (minus). Not a single beautiful green bottle of Peroni/Nastro Azzuro.
Pizza Margherita: interestingly sweet tomato sauce (plus), lumpy mozzarella (minus), heavier dough (minus). Good flavor though. All in, the cost was twice as much as Da Michele (minus) but still cheap.
Conclusion: go to Da Michele instead and drink beer while you wait in line....
What a disappointment. Not the worst pizza I ever had but I give it a one star for falling so short of my expectations. I was the the dork with the guide book dragging my wife and friends through the sinister alleys of Napoli assuring them it was worth the adventure to try some of the best pizza Naples had to offer. The pizza was cold, the sauce was average, the crust was doughy , nothing special here. Don't do it especially when there are so many choices all around.
Probably our least favorite pizza of the 5 spots we hit in Naples. Could have been the off hour we came (16:00 ish) but we had high hopes. Apparently the story goes the Pizza maker here worked at Di Matteo when Clinton came in during a Summit stop. He loved the pizza and the pizza maker decided to leave Di Matteo and open up his own shop, and named it after Clinton. This was fine pizza but I think you have better options in Naples. Keep looking.
we tried the pizza here after
da michele. here you have more
choices of pizza.
quality was very good. typical
neapolitan style pizza nearly good
as at da michele. you should try it
out for sure. the walls inside are full
of pictures, awards etc.
therservice was good and friendly too. 30.03.2013. edit:
Habve to reduce to 4* as the service was
extremly slow yesterday. All italian were served before us evrn if they came 15minutes later. For order it took about 15-20minutes. 1hour toget two pizzas which take 2minutes in the oven!!
Sorry guys. A lot of waiters running arround but not working efficient. Pizza was again very good but way too slow service.
The pizza was good, not amazing, but still very good. And the waiter searched around to find a bottle of white wine for us and he was very nice. But they ripped us off. Even including the cover charge and some generous rounding up of prices we were overcharged by at least 3 euros and wouldn't give me change.
This pizzeria's claim to fame is that different dignitaries from around the world have eaten here. The pizza is good and there are several photos of famous world leaders and athletes on the wall. This may not be the best in Napoli, but it would be the best compared to anything outside Napoli for sure.
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