Donna Sophia, Pizza in Naples

In the United States, we order a pizza, usually a large, and share the slices.  In Italy, pizzas are about the size of our small and are eaten by one person.  In Naples, they have a “fast food” pizza called pizza portafoglio.  Portafoglio is the word for “wallet,” so it means pizza that is folded like a wallet.  It is sold from carts outside pizzerias.

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Pizzerias in Naples also sell other fried items like calzones and arancini, so they are also called fry shops or friggitoria.

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One of my cousins took us for a portafoglio pizza at Donna Sophia’s on Via Tribunali.  It looks like it may be named after Sophia Loren, but besides the depiction that looks like her, I couldn’t find any evidence that she owns it.  I think it’s just named after her because she sells pizza from a cart in the movie L’Oro di Napoli.

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This pizza was one of my favorites in Naples.  While it wasn’t the cheesiest, the crust was crispy with a good char.

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