Sergio Russo is the Beverage Manager at La Centrale and helps choose the vast selection of wine that is offered throughout our restaurants and in our wine shop. He works hard to showcase all of the unique regions of Italy through wine and spirits. Raised in Napoli, he’ll be tasking us through the amazing city and giving us insider knowledge to its hotspots.
What city will you be taking us through?
For this 36 Hours In, i’ll be taking you through Napoli.
What is your connection to this city?
I was born and raised there! Proudly 100% Napoletano.
Where in La Centrale can we get a taste of Napoli?
There are tons of goods to choose from, like Mozzarella di Bufala and our unique San Marzano tomatoes!! The tastiest tomatoes that make for the best “Pomodoro” Sauce. Both found in our Mercato on level one. Of course, we can’t forget, lots of good wines from the area can be tasted throughout La Centrale and purchased in Bottega del Vino on level three.
Alright, I’m going to grab some Mozzarella right now. What does it pair well with?
Mozzarella di Bufala is perfect with a nice glass of Falanghina dei Campi Flegrei.
36 Hours in Napoli Itinerary
We’ve arrived! Now where should we stay?
The best spot is Piazza Dante, a strategic area to move in any direction and it’s close to all transportation.
Where to get our morning coffee?
That’s easy!! Caffe del Professore at Piazza Trieste e Trento!!
What neighborhoods are best for an afternoon stroll?
Vomero for shopping, Spaccanapoli to feel the heart of Napoli and Chiaia at night.
Best restaurant for cheap (& really great) eats?
Head to Taverna Martino at Bacoli.
Best nightlife spot?
I personally like open spaces. Drinks and music at Castel dell’Ovo is a great spot where you can enjoy a good cocktail and listen to relaxing live jazz music with friends.
Where to go for a slow breakfast?
Chalet Ciro a Mergellina is a classic. Plus it has a sea view! Pure magic!
Best place to go food shopping like the locals do?
Napoli = Seafood. Pescheria Sasa’ At San Pasquale Scura is a must-visit for fresh seafood.
It opens at 9am and closes when everything is gone….So Hurry!
Where should you head for a nice glass (or a few) of wine?
Wander around the Materdei area. Piazzetta Pontecorvo is great too. Great selections and daily wine tastings.
Where to get something sweet?
mmm…Pasticceria Sabatino a San Giorgio a Cremano.
Only a few hours left! What are three top sites you should see?
The view at San Martino, Piazza Plebiscito with the Palazzo Reale and then make time for a nice walk at Mergellina.