Napoli Ristorante & Pizzeria/Niagara Falls ON
Wow....what a great little family restaurant. We were down in Niagara for a couple of days and based on an article in the Toronto Star during the summer, we went to Napoli Ristorante for dinner. It was a wonderful experience. It is sometimes much better to go with no real high expectations and be delighted, then to go with very high expectations and be disappointed. The prices are excellent, the presentation is very good, the service from Louis was efficient, and charming....he was delightful and got a big tip from us. The owner who came to chat to us has taken great care with the wine list. The list is short, but very affordable. He was very pleased that I complimented him on sourcing out tasty, interesting and affordable wines. The mark-up is about 100 per cent....no gouging here. We cannot say enough good things about a restaurant like this that strives to provide good food, good wine, good service, and all at a price that makes you delighted to pay the bill....and happily leave the tip. Go check it out for yourself.
We also went to Napoli this week and I must say we were impressed by the food and service. For a restaurant that is relatively near the chain restaurant hell that is in the area, we had a very nice meal there. At a lower price point than other chain establishments in the area, we had pasta with a sauce that certainly seemed like it was cooked from scratch. Dessert was a nice roasted peaches and apricot over vanilla gelato. When we asked how the dessert was prepared, the server had the chef come out and tell us his recipe. A meal for 3 with a half litre of wine and appetizer/salads was just over $100. All in all , a definite find amidst the overpriced chains in the area. I was appalled to see TGIF charging over $35 for their ribs! I think that it is less than $20 in other places. Needless to say, I didn't go there.
Add my name to the list of Napoli fans. Went there last week after reading the reviews on chowhound. Given the quality (or rather lack thereof) of restaurants in Niagara Falls (mostly chain restos) we decided to give Napoli a try. Have to say it was one of the best restaurant experiences I've had in the past several years
Service: outstanding. super attentive without being pushy. Friendly waiter who actually knew the food and was quite helpful. Half way through the meal, the manager went round to every table to make sure every thing was up to par. First time in a long time that I actually felt like a valued customer rather than a number.
Salad: super fresh. Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella and tomatoes) was the best I've ever had..fresh cheese and tomatoes with a drizzle of balsmic reduction and a dollop of parsley pesto. Mixed green salad was also super fresh and not a leaf of iceberg lettuce in sight.
Mains: was running the marathon the next day so decided to load up on carbs. Spaghetti was cooked perfectly with homemade meatballs (A mix of beef and veal) and sauce was also homemade and excellent. Had some of my friend's thin crust pizza and it was also delicious...hot, slightly crisp, with cheese and five types of mushrooms (easily on par with Terroni's pizza in Toronto).
Tasefully decorated, casual dining (no jeans, but khakis, etc. seemed okay)
Cost: $70 for two with 2 glasses of wine and tip
In a heartbeat...reminded me of the small, family run places you find in Little Italy N.Y.C.
Only place to go if you're stuck in downtown Niagara Falls and don't want to eat at the Keg again.