After what seemed like a short night of sleep, John and I took an early train to Naples. Thanks to high-speed rail, we arrived from Rome in an hour and fifteen minutes. Oh how I wish Houston and Texas would get with this program! Anyhow, our hotel let us check in early (before 9:00 AM) — score! After a quick breakfast, I took a 3 hour power nap while John hit up the men’s fashion district. It was a win-win for everyone! After my nap, we went to Gino Sorbrillo for lunch.
Sobrillo is known for it’s pizza (Naples is the birthplace of pizza) and apparently everyone knows about this place. As a result, we waited for about 40 minutes for a table and it was completely worth the wait. John had the traditional Margherita pizza and I had the “Carmela.”
I have had wonderful pizza before, but this was just sick. Sick=Perfect. The crust, cheese, sausage, greens…it was all perfect. And it was really inexpensive. It’s a good thing I don’t live anywhere near here! I know you must be wondering if this pizza was gluten-free and…it wasn’t. I am having to bite the bullet because there are very limited choices here. Oh well. Everything is delicious and I am trying to be good about loading up on vegetables, protein and fruit. We did some sight-seeing after lunch and then did some shopping.
Naples is also known for its nativities, and as Catholics we just had to have one! We went to Ferrigno’s — the most famous nativity shop in Naples. There, they make everything by hand. Everything.
You could spend hours in their shop — it is truly unbelievable. We purchased a nativity for ______ (it’s a surprise) and a few components of one for us. We even had a chance to meet one of the designer/creators. He was really nice and friendly even though he looks bored to tears in this picture.
We also went on a hunt for coral jewelry, but have come up empty-handed so far. For dinner (to celebrate our anniversary), we went to La Terrazza, the rooftop restaurant at our hotel. Unfortunately, it was raining so we had to sit indoors. Fortunately, the quality of the food made up for the minor inconvenience. I started with a Neapolitan pastry filled with ricotta cheese and lemon basil. Paired with a baked tomato from Pompeii, it was divine.
For my entrée, I ordered the hand-made spaghetti without seafood (it came with prawns and shrimp). I like seafood, but just wasn’t feeling it tonight.
Regardless, my dish was excellent. For dessert, John and I split an orange/lemon semi-freddo with fruit.
Wowza. This dessert stole the show. Melt in your mouth goodness. Fantastic way to end a great day of vacationing!