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“Nice Evening.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Napoli

Cafe Napoli
7754 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-1810
314-863-5731
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Ranked #6 of 52 Restaurants in Clayton
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bemiston
Description: When Tony Pietoso opened the original Cafe Napoli in the '80s, it quickly became a success. So Successful, in fact, that it moved to a bigger location at 7754 Forsyth Blvd. The restaurant continued to flourish with its generous portions of regional Italian specialties. Cafe Napoli has recently undergone a facelift and has added Bar Napoli next door. The swank cocktail lounge has soft lighting and a separate wine room that can accommodate 30 diners. The kitchen is headed by chef Jeff Davis, who has been with the restaurant for several years. Fortunato Pietoso, Tony's brother, has also returned to the kitchen. Tony makes rounds chatting with customers, many of whom appear to be on a first-name basis with him. The sons Ande and Kye split their time between the Bar and Cafe, as they are being groomed to take over the family business. Cafe Napoli is a must visit when in the St. Louis area. Some guests include Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefen, Joe Torre and Arnold Palmer to name a few.
Wright City, Missouri, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Nice Evening.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After two long days at a conference, having dinner here with my husband was wonderful. The food was great both the pasta and the veal dish we had. Service was at just the right pace. Will be back.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Hartsdale, New York
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 88 cities Reviews in 88 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The restaurant was lovely with a nice outside seating area. There was also a guitarist.
We were there for a rehearsal dinner and it seemed that the restaurant could not handle all of the people. We tried to sample the fried ravioli which disappeared immediately and we had to wait for 15 minutes until a new tray was brought out. The bar was crowded and the bartender did not take people in the order they appeared.
The food was not terrific. Apart from the fried ravioli and the salad, everything was mediocre. I had the veal marsala. The desserts were just okay. The service was pretty bad. The waitress took nearly 20 minutes to bring a requested drink.
Would explore other venues if we return to Clayton.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great yummy restaurant with wonderful service!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were in Clayton dropping our daughter off at Wash U for orientation and after a long tiring day, this is exactly what the doctor ordered. Delightfully chilled martini, warm, soft bread, perfect soft shelled crab appetizer and everything you'd want in my pasta with white clam sauce! Our waiter was really attentive but not overly so. Just a very nice evening!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Visits are never disappointing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Cafe2 is my go to place for special evenings. I am never disappointed. The staff is always attentive and the food is a delight from aps to entrees. Upscale food without the stuffiness. Would recommend in a NY minute. Why go to the Hill?

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newton, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

was there for the family rehearsal dinner pre-wedding, and the food and service were both excellent. Food came out hot, as ordered, and our drink glasses were never empty.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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