Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

It’s not quite The Hill, but it beats the daylights out of the Olive Garden.

Napoli’s, a new Italian restaurant at the corner of 33rd West Avenue and 61st Street — in the strip mall across the street from the S&S Market — offers good, authentic Italian food at great prices, and the service is second to none.

I’d been eagerly anticipating the opening of Napoli’s for weeks as the red, white and green window coverings went up, followed by the sign, then a banner promising “Open Soon,” and finally a “Grand Opening” banner out on the corner.

When a colleague brought me a slice of pizza and a little bite of cannoli last week, I surmised that the restaurant was worth the wait. The pizza — an assertive but not excessive crust topped with pepperoni, sausage, artichokes, and mozzarella cheese — reminded me of the stuff I got in my hometown of Herrin, Ill., whose per capita Italian population is roughly equal to that of Sardinia, and the cannoli was worth a trip all by itself.

This evening, Ron and I stopped in for a full dinner. My dinner consisted of a side salad with ranch dressing (passable but nothing to write home about); decent fried calamari; big, fluffy dinner rolls with herbs and butter; excellent manicotti made with a rich ricotta filling stuffed into delicate noodles that I am pretty sure were created on-site; and a helping of that wonderful cannoli. Ron skipped the salad, split the calamari with me, and ordered spaghetti with sausage instead of manicotti. He was less impressed with his food (I think he’s still pining for Zia’s in St. Louis and probably isn’t going to be completely satisfied with anything short of a 400-mile drive to get a plate of their lobster ravioli), but the service and price ensured that I won’t have to beg too hard to talk him into a return trip. Which is good, because I’m already dreaming about spaghetti carbonara and tiramisu.

We stuffed ourselves at the table and then brought home two big to-go boxes; mine was crammed so full that the waitress helpfully suggested I set my purse on top of it on the way home to keep it from popping open. The whole feast set us back $28.

All meals come with a side of eye candy, in the form of the good-looking young owner, who spends as much time in the dining room as the servers do, delivering food to tables and checking to make sure everybody’s happy. I suspect his hands-on approach has a lot to do with the exceptional service. Napoli’s manages to strike that rare balance between efficiency and comfort: Plates are whisked away and glasses are refilled as quickly as you empty them, but somehow you never feel rushed or smothered by the waitstaff. We had an enjoyable, relaxing dinner and still managed to get in and out of the restaurant in less than 45 minutes.

If Napoli’s can keep up this level of quality, I suspect it will be here for the long haul. Westsiders tend to be a loyal bunch, and I overheard one lady joking with the waitress and trying to remember what she’d had “last time” — a promising sign for a restaurant that’s been open less than two weeks.

Ron and I will certainly be back … just as soon as we get through that mountain of leftovers we brought home.

I forgot my camera, so I don’t have any photos to share, but you can find pictures — and more detailed information — in this Tulsa World article.

Grades:
Value: A+
Service: A+
Convenience: A+
Product: A
Overall: A+

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~ by redforkhippie on February 8, 2007.

12 Responses to “Napoli’s Italian Restaurant”

  1. My daughter and I stopped in for dinner today 2/17 and were thrilled by the service and the food. The ambiance is a little stark without a motif to match the name, but that is unimportant after you sit down and are charmed by the waiters and the food. Excellent choice and we will return often and bring my son-in-law too(when he’s not working!)

  2. Herrin, Illinois? Are you familiar with Marion? My entire family is from Marion and knows Herrin well.

  3. i “discovered” napoli’s on an antiquing trip to muskogee. was happily surprised to find there was one in broken arrow (for that mandatory return trip), then even better, to find one in west tulsa. for taste, quality and price, it’s the best i’ve had in the tulsa area. beats hands down the chain alternatives.

  4. […] went to lunch at Napoli’s with some of the Tulsa Now folks today and came home with a present for me: A friend of his, who […]

  5. Is the owner single and Italian?

  6. I don’t know the owner’s marital status, but he’s definitely Italian. :)

  7. Napoli’s is wonderful – food is great and the prices are right! Just the place for us “westsiders” – we can’t keep it a secret, everyone is discovering this great restaurant!

  8. all good. 1 dinner is enough for 2 people. my husband and i are not big eaters, so we split a dinner and it is plenty. the sauces are homemade and the pasta is fresh. the meatballs are real and hand patted, not from a frozen bag made of questionable “meat”, artificial ingresients and fillers.

  9. I visted the Owasso location tonight. It was not a happy expeirence. I ordered the tossed saled with house dressing , veal parmigiana with a glass of Chianti. The salad dressing was a marinara sauce perhaps? The wine glass had lip stick on the rim. The final straw was the veal tasted and had the texture of a chicken fried steak only chewier. They served the breaded veal directly over the spaghetti and it steamed the breading off of the cutlet. It ended up being one soggy mess.

  10. Did you tell the manager you were unhappy with your meal? Most restaurants will replace your salad if you don’t like the dressing, bring a fresh glass if you notice that yours is dirty, replace your entree or refund your money if you don’t like the food, etc.

    While I’ve never had a problem with Napoli’s (I always eat at the one in west Tulsa, so I can’t vouch for the Owasso location), I’ve found that the way a restaurant’s servers and/or managers respond to a complaint often tells me more about the quality of the establishment than a perfect experience might. (Indeed, a server’s quick, proactive response to a mistake a couple of years ago ensured my undying loyalty to one Tulsa restaurant.)

    I wouldn’t expect a dazzling response if you wait until the next morning to call, but if you didn’t raise your concerns with the server or a manager tonight, you might try calling (during off hours, of course — don’t disrupt someone else’s meal by calling in the middle of lunch rush!) or sending a polite note expressing your disappointment and see what kind of response you get.

  11. Me and my fiance and daughter discovered Napoli’s the other day while we were out shopping in Broken Arrow. We were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was. The staff was very friendly and the food tasted fresh. Try the chicken parmesan with the spaghetti and marinara sauce! Its soooo good!

  12. mhhhh i like it

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