As Naples prepares to host the world pizza-making championships, here are 10 places to go for a pizza the action
• Plus the village pizzeria voted Italy’s best
While the world pizza-making championships being held at the Napoli Pizza Village festival this week (1-10 June) will see the finest pizzaioli from across the city compete for the 2018 title, Neapolitans will attest there are pizzerias in every neighbourhood worthy of an accolade. There are more than 800 pizzerias in the birthplace of pizza, but only 100 can boast certification by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), the regulatory body that protects and ensures that the art of pizza-making and the ingredients used are in accordance with Neapolitan tradition.
While the most logical way to spot a good pizzeria in Naples is to look out for Pizza Vera signs issued by the AVPN above restaurant doors, the real indication of good pizza is the queue on the street outside. If there aren’t ravenous-looking Neapolitans waiting outside the neighbourhood pizzeria, then there is reason to suggest the pizza hasn’t garnered the collective approval of the locals.