Antica Trattoria da Carmine

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Tribunali 330, Naples, 80138

Price guide: Mid-range

Antica Trattoria da Carmine

By Jan Fuscoe, your Naples expert

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#4 of 10
expert-rated restaurants in Naples
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, No fuss, People watching

Expert review of Antica Trattoria da Carmine

This is traditional Neapolitan cooking in the heart of Naples.

Directly opposite the entrance of Napoli Sotterranea, Da Carmine does a roaring trade, thanks to its adherence to traditional recipes, ample portions and a wonderfully friendly atmosphere. On my last visit I was serenaded (quite randomly) by a singer of canzone (traditional Neapolitan songs). I later discovered that he appears (albeit briefly) in John Turturro's latest film Passione. This could only happen in Naples…

Food and drink: 

It's rustic. The special on my visit was an enormous plate of pacchetti (pasta tubes) with sausage and aubergine (which was unbelievably good), followed by a delicate escalope dressed with a little oil and lemon. Delicious. But the kitchen is also renowned for great seafood dishes, as well as their own filetto a modo nostro (beef fillet served on bread with tomatoes, parmesan and rocket). 

Ambience: 

This is real trattoria territory, down to the wooden chairs and tables, with chequered tablecloths. It's never less than lively here and all the better for it. The atmosphere is convivial but the food is taken seriously - just as it should be.

Service: 

It's friendly, but efficient. 

Location: 

It's very central, halfway between San Pietro a Maiella and the Duomo, close to San Paolo Maggiore and Chiesa di San Lorenzo. Coming from Tribunale, close to central station, head down Via Tribunale until you get to Piazza San Gaetano. It's on the left, opposite Napoli Sotterraneo. 

Price advice: 

It's extremely reasonable: two primi, a shared secondi, and a couple of quartos of wine (it wouldn't have taken much more for me to join in the singing, if only I'd known the words) costs 25 euros. 

More information on Antica Trattoria da Carmine:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
Via Tribunali 330, Naples, 80138
Telephone:
081 294 383
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue noon-4pm, Wed-Sat noon-4pm, 7-11pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

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