This leg­endary Neapoli­tan eatery has always been a one-man show. Since the first Stanza, lit­er­ally one room with a sin­gle table seat­ing up to 12 which opened in 1996, and on through its var­i­ous evo­lu­tions to the present old-town loca­tion, chef and philoso­pher Mario Aval­lone has framed his thoughts on eat­ing and drink­ing, life, learn­ing and human relationships.

With a warm and expan­sive per­son­al­ity, decades of culi­nary expe­ri­ence and an unortho­dox approach to the trade, he prefers to be known as a cook, or just some­one who works in the kitchens.

Cook … craft, skill, respon­si­bil­ity, exquis­ite endeav­our of human beings, joy and ten­sion.

Mario Aval­lone

La Stanza del Gusto occu­pies part of the same his­toric build­ing as Hotel Piazza Bellini, with Squisitezze Cheese­bar at street level. This is basi­cally a deli where you can also sit and enjoy fan­tas­tic cheese­boards, cold cuts and some ready dishes, and drink a glass of wine or a micro­brew­ery beer. It’s cheer­ful and infor­mal, with an odd assort­ment of retro tables and chairs given new life and colour and lots to read on acres of black­board. The restau­rant proper on the floor above is barely a tad more for­mal, more uni­formly 1950s; pro­vi­sions liq­uid and solid are stored in the basement.

With more than a nod to the short sup­ply chain and low food miles, Mario’s menus include curi­ous, sea­sonal dishes with half-forgotten ingre­di­ents from the culi­nary tra­di­tions of Naples and Cam­pa­nia, mostly, or more gen­er­ally of Italy and the Mediter­ranean, revis­ited and pol­ished to a shine. Gas­tro­nomic spe­cial­i­ties abound, some­times in sur­pris­ing com­bi­na­tions. Desserts are always fresh and deli­cious: try the Bir­ramisù if it’s on (a beer-laced tiramisù …).

See the ample menu online com­plete with prices: Mario doesn’t come cheap, but leg­ends gen­er­ally don’t.

La Stanza del Gusto

Via Santa Maria di Costan­ti­nop­oli 100

80135 Napoli

+39 081 401578 / +39 348 3396161