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“Cafe Napoli for Special Occasion”
Review of Cafe Napoli

Cafe Napoli
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Ranked #4 of 69 Restaurants in Clayton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cafe Napoli for Special Occasion”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We went to Cafe Napoli to celebrate my son's, my wife's, and my Birthday which all fall within 4 weeks. We arrived at the time of our reservations and were seated immediately despite a relatively large crowd. Our server was wonderful, humorous, knowledgeable, and prompt. Seems like we thought something and he was there to help immediately. Drinks remained filled and utensils cleaned and changed with each course. I had the Filet Mignon, my wife a chicken dish, my son grilled lamb,and our other guest scallops. Everyone confided their dish was absolutely wonderful. There was not one negative to this eating experience.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Anthony S
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English first
St Louis, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch or dinner”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

A reliable great italian restaurant in the heart of Clayton. I have been here many times and am never disappointed!

Visited March 2013
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Albany, New York
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Quite the "In" spot”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

It was so much fun sitting outside enjoying a delightful dinner and watching the parade of patrons pulling up in their fancy cars and going inside the restaurant. We all enjoyed our meal and our waiter was delightful and so helpful introducing us to new and interesting wines. My husband enjoyed our very knowledgeable and helpful sommelier.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Lisa M
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Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Ambience and Location”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

I take guests for lunch to this excellently located restaurant in downtown Clayton (close to Wash U where I work). Valet parking is convenient (although free street parking nearby is also often available). Service is great. Perfect place to take workplace guests.

Visited September 2012
Thank Pbseethu
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Quite the popular spot”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Went for a group business dinner and reserved the wine room. It was very crowded for a Tuesday night and seemed to attract the professional work crowd. The wine list was amazing (on an iPad) and there were great selections. We ordered a few bottles of some very unusual wines, which made dinner more interesting. Great selection of fresh fish and meats. Service was very prompt and friendly.

Visited May 2013
Thank Rick P
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