Bus: STM 18, 46, 55, 92, 160
Visit: July 4, 2014
If there’s one dish that’s even more popular than the burger, it’s pizza. I have to admit that I might like the pizza a little more than the burger, but who doesn’t? Starting this month, I’ll be doing my best to post a monthly pizza post. While it won’t be as often as the Great Burger Search, the quest to find this city’s best pizza is one that we should all be on. So, with all the past locations fair game again, we begin with a newcomer to this blog, Pizzeria Napoletana.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed a lot of lists for this city’s best pizza. Over the last few years, I’ve had the chance to try most of them. But, with that being said, there are still some places that I haven’t been to yet. One of the places that constantly gets play is Pizzeria Napoletana. Recently, they’ve had the chance to appear on You Gotta Eat Here, which goes across Canada and highlights the places you have to visit. With that being said, it’s the right place to start a mini-search for pizza.
I came into Napoletana right at the opening and I was the only one there. The place is quite nice and there’s a large amount of tables, not to mention a few flat screens. With the World Cup still going on at that time, Little Italy was the place to be to see the game. Being the only customer in the restaurant, I was a bit intrigued. That soon dissipated when the place filled up really quickly and soon, you couldn’t find a table to save your life. I guess that speaks volumes for the reputation they have.
When you have a busy lunch rush going on, your staff has to be on point to deal with it all. The original server who seated me was really cordial and made me feel welcomed. As time went by, things got busier and I couldn’t tell who was working where. There were literally half a dozen servers and it didn’t look like they had assigned tables. By the end of it, I had another server, who I was extremely impressed with. That person seemed to have the people skills to interact with any type of group at a table.
Polpette di Angelina ($9)
To start off, I chose the meatballs. The first thing that struck me was just how fast they arrived to the table. It was something like 2.7 seconds after ordering and these bad boys were on the table. Seriously, you would think that they were rushed for a bad reason, but that wasn’t the case. The meat was perfectly cooked. They didn’t come apart too easily and at the same time, they weren’t too hard to cut up. The sauce was a perfect compliment as well. It was a good start.
#11 Matriaciana ($15)
This pizza contains onions, mozzarella, and bacon.
Like judging a burger, I think there are a number of key factors that need to be kept in mind. First of all, there’s the distribution of ingredients and sauce. When you think of that, you also have to check out how generous they were with those ingredients. The next important part is the cook the crust, both around and under the pizza. Those are some of the things that I look for when I eat any pizza.
I found that there was enough sauce throughout the entire pizza. What bothered me a bit was the lack of the other two main ingredients. I’m not really disappointed when there’s a lack of onions, but when we’re missing bacon, we got a problem. I can understand that it’s expensive, but I think people are willing to pay for bacon.
What was positive about the pizza was the taste. While the distribution of the ingredients wasn’t that enticing, the taste of the sauce and the bacon really did the job. It’s one of those few pizzas that I was able to eat without burning myself and that taste also stayed consistent right until the end.
Probably the most important part of any pizza is the crust. The crust, for the most part, was easy to eat. It was the consistency that puzzled me a bit. There was a crunch when eating the pizza. What I was looking for was something a bit softer. I might get flak for this, but I was reminded of cardboard when thinking of the crust. But, we all know that was a bit of a stretch.
Overall, the taste of the pizza was alright. There were a few things that didn’t sit too well for me. Those things wouldn’t make it the best pizza either, but one that I was happy to try once.
Ferrero Rocher Cake ($6)
To finish off, I was happy to see a Ferrero Rocher cake. For the price, the value is really interesting. There is one actual piece cut in half, where part is on top and the other is buried deep inside. The cake component is quite nice and overall, it was a nice way to finish off.
In all, I can see why people flock to Pizzeria Napoletana for their pizza. If you like thin crust, you might find this pizza to your liking. The place fills up quickly and depending on your server, you’ll be in good hands.