Coming soon to Wichita will be a new restaurant featuring traditional and unique Italian dishes. Please welcome Napoli Italian Eatery which opens to the public on Monday, October 26. They are located in the former Fetch Bistro space near 37th and Rock. I saw some comments online when the restaurant was announced talking about other Napoli restaurants around the country. Keep in mind, this restaurant is locally owned and operated and not related to any other Napoli Italian-named restaurant around the U.S.
With that said, we had a chance to drop by beforehand to get you all a first-hand look at what to expect.
7718 E 37th St. N, Wichita, KS 67226
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm
One of the most significant changes was the interior. Gone was the colorful and whimsical design from Fetch Bistro that Gordon Ramsay put up. The restaurant had a brand-new look. They did a great job of the renovation to give a more warm and inviting vibe with a rustic look.
When the weather cooperates, the patio was also completely redone. The dog park was torn down and a new slab of cement was poured to create a new patio space that seats over 100 people. Lights were strung up above to provide a subtle yet simple cozy feel.
We started off our dinner with a Titos Lemoncello Martini and a Napoli Spritz. Both were great starts to our rare and much needed date night.
There were so many appetizers we wanted to try but knew we only had room for one. We eventually agreed on the wings. What’s crazy was we aren’t blue cheese fans but the Calabrian chili glaze and pickled red onions toned much of the pungent flavor down. The chili glaze stuck out the most and was really flavorful. It helped the wings were also extra meaty.
For dinner, we opted to pig out and try three different dishes between the two of us. For dinner, we went with the Veal Piccata, Puttanesca and Clam Pizza.
While Napoli Italian Eatery doesn’t have a brick pizza oven, their pizza came out quite well. There was a Neapolitan-style crust that tasted great and offered a good amount of crisp to it. It wasn’t exactly as airy as some other pizzas of its kind but it still came off well. I especially enjoyed pancetta that topped the pizza.
Our next two dishes were even better.
The Veal Piccata was fine and tender; easy to cut into. While I typically find veal to be mild in flavor, there was a lemon butter sauce that gave it a lot of pop and brightened the meal up. At times, I found myself wanting to lick the sauce but didn’t want to be that weirdo caught face down in my place licking a piece of meat.
The Puttanesca was something I haven’t seen around town too much. It was a strozzapreti pasta served with chicken, sausage, capers, olives and mozzarella. We were quite fond of the strozzapreti; it had a thick, denser feel to it that filled us up quickly. I’m not sure what the sauce was, but we loved how unique it was. It wasn’t overly tomatoey which was a nice change of pace for the typical red sauces found at Italian restaurants. It had more of a salty zest to it that wasn’t too sweet.
Of course, we couldn’t leave without some dessert. We ordered tiramisu which is my favorite dessert and had to get a cannoli because we were at an Italian restaurant. Both pleased our taste buds and left us craving more. I felt bad because I probably ate a majority of the tiramisu….. actually I didn’t feel bad at all. When it comes to tiramisu, there are no etiquette rules.
It was quite the visit to Napoli Italian Eatery that left us walking away full and impressed. I love good Italian food and Napoli offers something unique and fresh. It’s in an area of town that is short on quality locally owned restaurants especially Italian as the only other one is a chain a few blocks south on Rock Road.
Between the ambiance and food, that should be enough to hopefully win over the hearts of diners especially with neighborhoods like Bel Aire and Willowbend nearby.
Be on the look out for December when their hours will start including lunch. Otherwise, circle Monday on the calendar when they officially open to the public.
Here’s their menu:
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