Rating: 6 / 10
A city born with mozzarella in their mouth and ragu on the stove has little to offer the vegan community. There are a couple of small places scattered around the city, but not many considering the size of Naples.
Vitto Pitagorico was closed the umpteen times I tried to eat there. I ended up contacting them on WhatsApp to make sure there would be service before trudging down the hill with two friends in tow. We got shown a table by a live plant wall, adding a touch of colour to an otherwise off-white interior. Sombre classical music belted out from the speakers, leaving us wondering if the music was for the plants or the customers.
The menu was reached via scanning a QR code, and we spent a few minutes translating the dishes into english via google translate. After waiting an eon for the waitress to return I ended up going to find her. There were only 3 other customers in the entire restaurant but it went at least 10 mintues between the time we got the menu to taking orders and then quite a long wait between starter and mains and another long wait for the bill.
However, the food was good.
Our starter, the bruschetta was fresh and flavoursome, but I honestly have never tasted anything so salty in my life. It was so aggressive that all 3 of us actually reacted on the first bite. I mean, the flavours were good, but it was abrasive, and all three of us are very salt-tolerant.
The spaghetti with cashew creme was tasty, if heavy. The zucchini pasta was also fresh and flavoursome but a bit one-note, it was screaming for some acid. The vegan ragu was the least favourite having a permeating bitter-tone to it.
Vitto Pitagorico is a beautiful restaurant in a great location and with a few minor adjustments this would definitely be bumped up to an 8/10. Train the staff to be a little more attentive, tie the salt-sprinklers arm behind his back and tighten up a few corners and you'll have the perfect place to offer the local population a break from milk products and animal slaughter.
These recommendations are just personal opinions based on my palate, things change, chefs get fired or replaced, places open-close, relocate, so take it all with a pinch of MSG and discover your own gems too. But please do try a few of these, they have been researched exhaustively.
"Tastes are subjective, so take everything with a pinch of salty tears"