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Italy: Da Donato, Naples

Welcome to Da Donato dal 1956 Antica Trattoria e Pizzeria, a hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle of Piazza Garibaldi.

One of the top 10 restaurants (as rated by TripAdvisor) in Naples and booking is recommended.

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In Italy, eat as the Italians do. Italian menus are split into 4 courses; antipasto, a hot or cold appetiser; primo, the first course which is usually carb heavy; secondo, the second meat or fish course; and finally dolce, dessert.

Our go-to primo was spaghetti vongole, and the best we had was here!

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The pasta was coated with a thick buttery stock, oooooozing with garlicy goodness.

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Our secondo wasn’t on the menu but we had seen it go past as we were waiting for our table, so knew to ask for it – grilled tiger king prawns .

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I must admit, the dessert here wasn’t amazing, but we had the latest sitting so weren’t left with much choice. There’s not a dessert menu in traditional Italian restaurants, but a dessert case you go to and pick your dessert from. Of all the non-English speaking countries I have visited, the Italians the least tolerant of their non-Italian speaking visitors. I tried my best, but ordering something from the dessert counter was a game of ‘not that one, the next one, up, up, next one… yes!’

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Great service, generous portions and an authentic Italian atmosphere. I recommend Da Donato dal 1956 Antica Trattoria e Pizzeria to any visitors to Naples. For all my general Naples recommendations have a read of this! 

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