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“Great Italian Cuisine”
Review of Cafe Napoli

Cafe Napoli
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Ranked #5 of 71 Restaurants in Clayton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Reviewed September 12, 2011

I frequent this place about once a month. It's definitely still a place to see and be seen while out in Clayton. My all-time favorite is the Chicken Parmesan...it's moist, flavorful, and fresh. The cocktails here are also very good, and a bit heavy on the alcohol (which is becoming more of a rarity!). The wait staff are attentive and engaging, with a good knowledge of the menu. Definitely a winner.

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Reviewed August 9, 2011

Food and service were GREAT! Expect to spend $25.00 to $45.00 for a meal and glass of wine. A little over priced, but the dining experience made it worth the money.

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Reviewed August 4, 2011

My husband and I recently stayed at the Ritz and were recommended this restaurant by the concierge. We found the restaurant to be perfect for a romantic evening and the food exceptional. Even with reservations, we still had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated, but we were in no rush. There was a trendy bar next door (also Napoli), but from within the restaurant, you would never know it was there. For a 100 degree day, even the patio was filled to capacity, so it seems to be a local hot spot.

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Thank shopgirl1981
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

Had "cooked" salmon dinner that was one or two steps from raw; the others at the table didnt do much better. For a restaurant with exhorbitant prices, this is place is way too expensive for the meal delivered. By the way, I thought i was going to an "authentic"
Italian restaurant, this is much more like a standard, or sub-standard chop house.

Thank royturk611
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

Wonderful restaurant eith great italian options. Everything is well prepared. Feels like a family home experience. Tony and staff make regulars feel special.

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Thank burgundywinelover
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