I’ve got a bad habit of going out to dinner, snapping the photos for a review and then forgetting to you know… WRITE the review. I was looking through shots on my camera today and noticed an abundance of delicious looking food. The lightbulb went off and I realized I hadn’t written my review of Napoli Ristorante. I was in Niagara Falls a couple weeks ago with Marie, Kathy, and Mark for a fun night out. We were going to go the generic steak route (sorry Keg, YOU LOSE!) but Marie received a recommendation for this restaurant so we gave it a shot.
House made Foccacia got our night started. The bread was fantastic but the real kicker was the olive oil. It had just a little bit of heat thrown into the mix.
Mussels & Frites (Special – $15)
Mark and I were deliberating on an appetizer. It looked like it was going to be another generic Fried Calamari split. Our server mentioned the specials though and it became a no brainer. The girls don’t “eat anything out of the sea” so this was all for the boys. Oddly enough, the Mussels weren’t the star of this dish for me. It was the Fries. These things were SALTY! It’s almost like they took the salt so far that it went from a turn off all the way into AWESOME! I couldn’t get enough of them. The Mussels were in a broth with Onions and diced Pancetta. Everything came together perfectly and we were both glad we ordered this over Calamari.
Margherita Pizza – $14
Kathy ordered this pizza and ate… 1 slice. *flips table* Anyway this was relatively run of the mill. Mozzerella was fresh and it had an abundance of Basil (maybe a little too much?). Kathy added Mushrooms but it didn’t really bring much in terms of flavour. Shout outs to the crust? Whaaaaaatever, it wasn’t good.
Vitello Di Parmigiano – $22
I’m very sorry about the quality of the above photos. I just couldn’t get proper lighting (as you can see by the stark contrast between shots). I can just picture my boys Casey & Marcel shaking their heads at me. SHUT UP YOU TWO! Mark & Marie ordered this dish and I’m not exaggerating when I say they were over the moon with it. Marie‘s pretty selective when it comes to Veal. She had nothing but good things to say about it. I didn’t ask about the accompanying Tonnarelli.
Pasta Special – $18
OK so I’ll be honest with you. I can’t for the life of me remember the exact pasta used in this dish. It’s a special so it’s not listed on the web site either. First look tells me Tagliatelle though. Any pasta lovers want to smack me down or praise my good eye? What I do know is our server said “Goat Cheese” and I was all “YES! YES! YES!” It was a cream based sauce with diced Porcini Mushrooms. The pasta was topped with Rapini and of course the Goat Cheese. I couldn’t get enough of this. The pasta was cooked perfectly. Sauce was rich and the Goat Cheese took that richness to even greater heights. Lovely… now I want it again.
Tiramisu – $8.50
I was KO’d by my pasta and Kathy only got through 1 slice of Pizza so this was the Mark & Marie show. After a situation 2 years ago with a Tiramisu built with Cake instead of Lady Fingers, and Marie‘s BANNING us from going back to that particular restaurant, I’m always ready to hide under the table when she orders this dessert. Thankfully it was everything her and Mark were looking for to finish off dinner. I actually hate Tiramisu (texture issues) so I can’t render an opinion one way or another. They were pleased though.
Lackluster Pizza aside, we were all very happy with dinner. The service was impeccable all night. The quality of food was top flight and at a decent price point (I do love going to value town). If you’re in Niagara Falls, give Napoli Ristorante a shot. You won’t be disappointed.
Before I forget, make a reservation. We called ours in days in advance and couldn’t get a table any later than 530pm on the Saturday.