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Getting Fat on Pizza in Naples (And Other Food in Europe)

I know I don’t usually tackle the heavy issues, but today you’re in for a treat. I was in Athens killing time in a pharmacy (while Gia tried to find medicine for her sore throat) when I saw a set of scales. I hadn’t weighed myself in a long time, but I was shocked to find that I was over 5 kgs heavier than I’d ever been. I thought the scales were wrong, but a week later I got the same reading in a pharmacy in Fez, Morocco. My weight has always fluctuated, and I have been exercising a bit so hopefully it’s not all fat, but it did get me thinking about all of the unhealthy food I’ve been eating in Europe, and gorging myself on pizza in Naples seems to be the main culprit (but certainly not the only one). Here’s a list of all the nice (but unhealthy) food I’ve been eating in Europe – let me know if you’ve tried any!

Pizza in Naples

Naples (Italy) is the home of pizza, so obviously I was going to eat a lot of it. We stayed there for 4 nights and ate pizza every night for dinner and once for lunch – we had even graduated to eating a pizza each by the end. Pizza in Naples, specifically the margarita variety, is definitely some of the best I’ve eaten, and it’s refreshing not having to order pizzas stacked with ingredients to make them taste good – all you really need is a good base, tomato and cheese (as long as it’s cooked right). There are a couple of famous pizza restaurants in Naples, and we went to one on the first day, but we got a bit lazy from then on in (and Naples is a bit dodgy at night) so we ate close to our hotel, and it was just as good. I’ve heard of people queuing for hours to get a pizza, but ditch the lines and go to one of the less popular restaurants – you won’t notice the difference.

Further reading: A history lesson about pizza in Naples

Dristor Doner in Bucharest

Bucharest was our first destination in continental Europe, and the kebabs at Dristor Doner sowed the seeds for my expanding stomach. I’ve lost most of that weight now, but if I ever find myself back in Bucharest a meal of the best kebabs I’ve ever tried will definitely be on the menu.

Dristor Doner in Bucharest, Romania - almost as good as pizza in Naples

Churros and Chocolate in Spain

I’d never heard of this Spanish desert – it’s basically long straight donuts dipped in hot chocolate sauce and it’s the perfect treat on cold winter nights. Come to think of it, it might not actually be a desert, as we saw a lot of people in Granada eating it at about 6pm, which seemed strange!

Pizza in Naples (and other food in Europe): Churros and chocolate in Seville, Spain

Gelato in Italy

Even though it was November, we ate gelato in every town we went to in Italy. The best was probably the coconut, orange and mixed fruit one we had in Rome – but every cone of gelato we had was worth the £2 – €2.5!

Pizza in Naples (and other food in Europe): Gelato in Venice, Italy

Milka Chocolate: Everywhere

Looking like Cadburys’ twin brother, Milka chocolate has been our go to snack in Europe. We’ve tried almost all of the flavours, my favourites being Chips Ahoy, Oreo and white chocolate. Apparently a little bit of chocolate is good for you, but not in the volumes we’ve been eating it in. We’ve actually toned down our chocolate intake recently, but there’s always a little room for Milka in our diet.

Pizza in Naples (and other food in Europe): Milka Chocolate in Europe

Hungarian Food in Budapest

Budapest is my favourite city in Europe for many reasons, a big one being the food. It’s fairly cheap to eat well in Budapest (as opposed to a lot of places in Europe) – we ate at the Drum Cafe a lot over the 5 days we visited and the food was amazing for what we paid. I have no ability for describing food, but you have to try the langosh, goulash and this chicken pancake thing covered in some kind of sauce (I can’t really remember the flavour!)

Further reading: Should You Believe the Hype About Budapest?

Pizza in Naples (and other food in Europe): Langosh in Budapest, Hungary

Billa Chocolate Cereal: Romania/Central Europe

We ate this in every place that we had a fridge in Romania/Central Europe and the cereal alone was enough to get us out of bed every morning (as well as all of the sightseeing of course). The cereal (From the supermarket Billa) is full of big pieces of chocolate and I’m pretty sure it’s really unhealthy, but we really started to miss it by the time we left central Europe and moved on to Italy. Our breakfasts haven’t been the same since!

Custard Tarts in Portugal

You can find these in pretty much any bakery in Lisbon (and probably every other city in Portugal) – if you love sweet pastry things (did I mention I’m useless at describing food) then make sure you try some. On another note, Lisbon is awesome, check out the post below.

Further reading: The Hills in Lisbon Have Eyes!

Pizza in Naples (and other food in Europe): Egg tarts in Sintra, Portugal

What is your favourite unhealthy food in Europe? Have you tried pizza in Naples and do you think it’s that special? Let me know!

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Jon Algie

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8 Comments

  1. January 14, 2015 at 11:40 pm — Reply

    All the food sounds awesome Jon but that Billa chocolate cereal may take the cake. I am a 1/4 Romanian and knew nothing about this. Shame on my grandfather lol. We did eat Romanian treats when he was around but never really on the sweet side of things. Always meats and breads.

    As for the Spanish treat it sounds awesome! No clue churros were well….that lol.

    Thanks for the food porn dude!

    Ryan

    • Jon Algie
      January 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm — Reply

      Cheers Ryan, they should really export that cereal!

  2. January 17, 2015 at 1:08 am — Reply

    Spent a few days in Naples and ate pizza for every meal.

    I’d disagree though. Not every pizzeria is the same. While the pizza laws demand quality ingredients and preparation to call it “pizza margherita” not every place in Naples follows the rules. To the untrained eye, you may not be able to notice the difference in words used on the menu.

    I don’t think its possible to find BAD pizza there – but I do think there’s a range of quality from good to amazing per se.

    • Jon Algie
      January 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm — Reply

      Yeah you’re probably right, although a restaurant selling pizza to locals in Naples wouldn’t last long if it wasn’t up to standard!

  3. Kara
    April 2, 2015 at 5:15 am — Reply

    Lovely blog post! The pictures are amazing. Reminds me of an awesome food tour I took in Naples. It was with this company: foodtoursofnaples.com.. They were so friendly and took us around to all the authentic food spots. Divine!

    • Jon Algie
      April 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm — Reply

      Sounds good, although you don’t need a tour to find good pizza in Naples!

  4. July 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    This post makes me hungry!

    • Jon Algie
      July 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm — Reply

      Haha, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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