What do you do in Naples? Eat. What do you eat? Pizza, pasta, fish and sweets. A lot of sweets. From small pastries to cookies, with or without chocolate, topped with whipped cream, served with fruit; this city is a huge Willy Wonka factory. Sweets are everywhere. And it is really difficult to find a place where sweets are not delicious. But if you ask me to pick up one single address to destroy any plans for a bikini body, I have no doubts: Scaturchio.
Scaturchio is the name, pleasure is its game
Located in Piazza San Domenico Maggiore 19, Scaturchio is an ancient bakery in the historical centre dating back to 1910. The sign says it is a gelateria and pasticceria, meaning that here you can find ice-cream and cakes.
It is also a cafeteria with indoor and outdoor tables and chairs. So you can either take a seat or, as we often do in Italy, have a coffee at the counter.
For me choosing wasn’t easy
As we didn’t have much time, we opted for an espresso, a cold coffee and few sweets. I tried a Ministeriale, a disk of dark chocolate with a filling made of cream and liquor.
My bud had no doubts
My friend had the traditional Babbà, a small yeast cake with rum. Here at Scaturchio you can also to top it with whipped cream.
We also bought some sfogliatelle to bring home. Sfogliatella is a shell-shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese.
The never ending dilemma with sfogliatelle
You can choose between sfogliatella riccia, “curly”, or liscia, “straight”. The first is made with puff pastry and remains crunchier, while the second is prepared with short pastry thus resulting much softer. At this point you need to try both and say if you are team riccia or liscia. I prefer sfogliatella riccia, but I never say no to a liscia!
Tested in August 2020