Location: There are three Napolese Artisanal Pizzerias in Indianapolis. All three serve dinner, but The Fashion Mall at Keystone (8702 Keystone Crossing) location is open for lunch, as well. This is the Napolese that I visited. It is an easy walk from Indianapolis’ downtown hotels; the majority of the walk is inside of the city’s covered skywalk system.
Menu: Napolese is an artisanal pizzeria. So what does that mean? Napolese (a Patachou company) starts with a handmade dough that they have perfected the recipe for. The stone hearth baking, in an 800-degree wood-fired oven, is the restaurant’s secret to the thin, crispy, delicious crust. After baking, Napolese tops their Neopolitan pizza pies with local ingredients (cheeses, meats, fresh vegetables), most all sourced within 100 miles. Two of Napolese’s best-sellers are the Broken Yolk Pie (Margherita pizza pie topped with whole eggs) and Runaway Jim’s Pie (combination of smoked chicken, pickled chiles, and a mix of goat cheese and provolone cheeses). The menu also features tantalizing appetizers, salads, and sinful desserts.
Napolese offers gluten-free dishes and pizza crust for a nominal fee. This is a kid-friendly environment; there is a children’s menu.
Thoughts: During my visit, Napolese provided excellent service. Our waiter went above and beyond to make sure that our whole group (some with food allergies and dietary restrictions) was satisfied. I appreciate and applaud the fact that the top quality, delectable food is locally sourced. Napolese Artisanal Pizzeria is aesthetically pleasing, which only adds to the restaurant’s ambiance and fun factor. Our group had a fabulous dining experience at Napolese. Though not a big pizza fan, I would go to Napolese over and over again just for the appetizers and salads. In fact, the Napolese Double Chopped Salad (see below) will certainly make my Top Eats of 2017 year-end post. Another bonus is that Napolese changes the menu seasonally, keeping the freshest items as the base for their culinary creations.
Napolese Artisanal Pizzeria’s decor is a stunning mix of rustic and contemporary furniture, wall hangings, and light fixtures. The bright lighting makes the colorful pizzas really pop against the otherwise neutral color palette.
Pro Tip: You can order a half salad at lunchtime, even though it is not listed on the menu.
My Favorite Dishes:
- Baked Capriole Goat Cheese – Winner, winner chicken dinner. The tangy sauce that coats the uber rich goat cheese is a dream come true. Browned a bit from the broiler, the ooey-gooey cheese is luscious with the tomato sauce and fresh basil topping it. It comes with the focaccia bread.
- Focaccia – Great day in the morning! Bread is not usually my vice, but I could eat this delicacy all day long. The focaccia is baked to perfection, drizzled with olive oil and maybe a hint of butter. Napolese pairs it with the goat cheese for dipping.
- Fava Bean Hummus – Napolese leaves the hummus chunky, which is how I prefer it. Pair the creamy spread with pita slices, topped with a few bits of onion and fresh herbs, and the combination is heavenly.
- Napolese Double Chopped Salad – The star of my meal at Napolese Artisanal Pizzeria was this super healthy salad. This colorful dish could make a salad eater out of the most finicky eater. The Napolese Double Chopped Salad marries the flavors of peas, diced tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, and bacon, then tosses them in a mouth-watering dressing.
Price Range: $13-$15 most lunch items
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Melody resides in both Vero Beach, Florida, and Boquete, Panama with Eddie, her husband of 25 years. They are parents to 2 wonderful daughters, a fantastic son-in-law, sweet pound cat Harlow, and love of their lives dog, Priscilla. When she isn’t blogging or taking press trips, Melody loves cruising, Broadway, Disney, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and cooking for her friends. Her immediate goal is to visit all 50 states (12 more to go!) and as many countries as she is years old (1 more to go!) She recently owned and operated a successful catering business and several restaurants. Favorite foods: Eggs Benedict, curries, Shrimp in any way, shape, or form, and Cheese Fondue
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