Via Napoli

Unfortunately my camera battery had died earlier in the day (as I forgot to charge it the night before) and at this point of the day my phone was nearly dead as well.  So my picture taking at Via Napoli was very, very minimal, therefore I didn’t take my usual photos of the menu.  However, though no menu photos, I think between the photos taken by Paula and Hunter and the few I take, I have pictures of everything we consumed at this dinner.

First of all, the four of us shared a pitcher of their delicious red wine sangria…

This is probably my favorite sangria ever!  And normally, since I prefer white wine to red, I would go for the white wine sangria…but not at Via Napoli.

Next for our appetizers, Hunter chose the…

Mozzarella Caprese with vine-ripened tomato and fresh milk mozzarella

Hunter’s comments were, “I thought there was way too much on the caprese.  After I scraped the pepper off it, it was good.  But it needed more basil and a drizzle of balsamic.”

The rest of us shared this…

Fritto Misto – An assortment of just-fried seasonal vegetables, calamari & cheese. (Arancini, mozzarella, calamari, melanzane, asparagi, zucchine, artichoke, mushrooms, served with pomodoro piccante sauce)

Everything on the platter was good, but our overall favorite was the calamari.  Very tasty!

And for our pizza, we chose this…

Mezzo Metro size (1/2 meter) with 1/2 Piccante (tomato sauce, Italian spicy sausage, and mozzarella cheese) and 1/2 Carciofi (white pizza, artichoke, fontina and mozzarella cheese, and truffle oil)

And yes, this was a case of “our eyes being bigger than our stomachs”.  Prior to this trip, Hunter and Paula had been on a Keto diet for several months and had been dreaming about the day they would have Via Napoli pizza.  Today was that day…so it was “Go big, or go home!”  :laughing:
 
Paula, as she anxiously waited to dig in…;)
This was awesome!!  Despite a valiant effort by the four of us we unable to finish it though.  But what we didn’t devour, Paula and Hunter boxed up and had it for breakfast the next day I think.   I need to add though that I had never had either the Piccante or the Carciofi pizza at Via Napoli.  While both were very good, I thought the Carciofi was particularly delicious.
And that just leaves dessert, which for me at Via Napoli means…

Zeppole di Caterina – Ricotta cheese fritters, served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Unfortunately these were a disappointment this time because the fritters were not warm.  I’ve had the zeppole here 5 or 6 times before and the fritters always were served warm and tasted fresh and delicious.  But this time they were not so great.  While still okay, once dipped in the chocolate sauce, these were definitely not up to their usual standards.
But even though the meal ended on a lower note, the delicious sangria, calamari and of course, the pizza, more than made up for the disappointing dessert.   
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