(Kosher Review) Napoletana in Stamford, CT • Yes this is Kosher

(Kosher Review) Napoletana in Stamford, CT • Yes this is Kosher

Some restaurants exist to fill a specific niche. Everyone who walks through the door makes the trip for the same reason. Whatever the industry, their ability to meet a need is the question on which a restaurant’s existence rests.

However, other restaurants strive to be many things to many people. Although the road is more difficult than before, this approach allows the company to have multiple outlets as it strives to achieve success in multiple specializations simultaneously.

Napoletana, the new dairy restaurant inside the Armon Hotel in Stamford, is the latest. While browsing the list, you will find many possible paths to descend. As your tour guide, I can tell you that there are delicious options in any direction you decide to head.

When I was invited to Napoletana, I decided to start with the most logical section of the menu…breakfast. Among the large number of options, I advise you to get the eggs Benedict. The restaurant’s fact that it’s a milkshake means we get smoked salmon instead of meat, but the trade is more than fair since real dairy products are used to make the hollandaise sauce. Although the rule is often overlooked, house-made brioche challah is a big part of this dish. They serve as an amazing way to soak up hollandaise sauce, as well as eggs (once you pierce the perfectly poached pods). If you’re looking for breakfast or brunch, this is the way to go.

But let’s say you’re there late in the day and looking for lunch. For this reason, the Israeli dish cannot be missed. Two pita breads, eight falafel balls, a large plate of hummus, plates of Israeli salad and French fries, and sides of tahini and onion sumac are enough to feed two people. In fact, if you order extra bread, you may be able to extend it to three people. The hummus, falafel and tahini are all made in-house and you will feel like you are sitting in the country itself. The Israeli salad is made classically, and the pita bread is as soft as crispy French fries. Did I mention that this dish is only $25? Maybe it has something to do with the exchange rate.

The third lane that Napoletana can occupy is the upscale dairy restaurant lane. Although the ambience is middle class, some of the items on and off the menu will impress you with their layers and upscale feel. Speaking of off-menu items, Chef Doron Genat is usually willing to whip up something interesting if that’s a challenge you want to expand on. For me, he prepared a tomato and red pepper carpaccio that was amazing. Ask about it and you may get a special treatment you won’t soon forget.

As for something in this category that’s already on the menu, try the Wild Mushroom Risotto. It may be because the last handful of risottos I’ve had have all been at Fleischig restaurants, but I thought this was the best risotto I’ve ever had. There’s nothing like using real butter and Parmesan cheese, and the combination of wild mushrooms and truffle flavor creates a rich combination of texture and flavour.

Although Napoletana offers items like these, it’s worth noting that the restaurant is also a local pizzeria. And with nowhere else for kosher pizza, Napoletana’s 16-inch pies are crucial to the area’s kosher scene. A little more artisanal than your standard 18-inch hole-in-the-wall pie place, the pizza here is really good. Everything I came with had good char on the bottom, practically no flopping, and a delicious crust.

While you can certainly order regular pizza, try the All About the Greens pizza if you’re more adventurous. This white pie has pesto sauce swirled over mozzarella cheese plus a sprinkle of garlic confit and arugula. The pairing of garlic and pesto makes for an interesting marriage and it works well here. I’m not usually a fan of white pancakes, but the lack of sauce was effective given the toppings.

Maybe you want comfort food, but prefer to eat something with a fork and knife? In this case, use cheesy lasagna. It will take a few minutes, but that’s how you know they make it fresh. This is your classic staple. It’s pasta, sauce and cheese. That’s it. This is the list. However, there is a reason why simple things last forever. Something as basic as lasagna can be exactly what you didn’t know you needed until you saw it on the menu. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Maybe you make lasagna at home and it might be really good. So this is the case, but almost certainly better. Try it if you’re tempted.

They say there’s always room for dessert, but there’s probably no room for you to finish your Ooey Gooey Chocolate Calzone. That is unless you bring a bunch of friends. These calzones use the same dough as pizza, but the inside is Nutella and halva and the outside has strawberry syrup and powdered sugar. The dough is as good as ever, and while the Nutella flavor overpowers the halva, the texture of the halva definitely gives it a punch. The result is a unique item that can feed the entire block if patrons want to limit themselves to just one slice. However, a single slice may be unrealistic given how amazing it is.

Napoletana has something for everyone. And in a place where there aren’t a lot of kosher restaurants, that’s a good thing. Depending on what you order, Napolitana can be everything from a pizzeria to an upscale Italian restaurant. Or maybe everything from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner. Either way, it’s worth stopping by and taking a look at the menu.

Or maybe get off the list and have some fun. what are you waiting for?

Hotel Napoletana is located at 2701 Summer Street, Stamford, Connecticut (inside the Armon Hotel). It is certified Kosher by Badatz Tartikov Kashrus.

Napoletana is open Sunday through Thursday from 8am to 10pm, Friday from 8am to 1pm, and Motzei Shabbos from 7pm to 11pm

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