It is the Italian city one associates with pizza; indeed Naples insists it is where the national dish was born before it went out and conquered the world.
For the last few years the city has cottoned onto the fact that it is a global foodies’ destination, and has organised the Pizza Village, a week-long festival.
“Pizza Village brings together the restaurants of our city and each year more and more people come, with more enthusiasm. Let’s hope this year we will get more than half a million people,” says the Mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris.
The festival boasts the biggest outdoor pizza restaurant in the world and a host of toppings you would need a year to eat through.
All along the seafront 50 wood-burning ovens have been set up to cater for 4,700 place settings, and business is brisk.
The festival runs until September 7 and while the saying goes, “See Naples and die”, it is unlikely to be of hunger.
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