Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria in Downtown
Disney offer outstanding service and meals
1565 S. Disneyland
Drive, Anaheim, CA (714) 776.6200 www.patinagroup.com
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
includes an entertaining display of pizza tossing. Perfect for the entire family,
pizza, pasta and salads are few items served in the Lunch and
Dinner menu. Cuisine type: Italian described as "a whimsical taste of
Southern Italy". Priority seating: (714) 776-6200. Open daily for lunch and
Delicious hand-tossed pizzas
with the freshest cheeses and herbs offer some of the finest pizzeria dining
that Orange County has to offer. Located in the entertaining Downtown Disney
shopping and dining complex next to several great hotels and two Disneyland
theme parks, (Disneyland and California Adventure,) you'll be surprised that
tourist dining can be so good. When exploring its ownership, we discovered
the the Patina Group, operating dozens of affordable cafes and mid-level to
upscale dining experiences at museums, concert halls and theme parks, is
responsible for the great menu and delicious cuisine. After dining at their
Cafe Pinot restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles, we
have become fans of their menus and preparations. Each restaurant employs a top
chef to create menus and oversee preparations. At Naples Pizzeria, the
chef on our last visit was Joseph Gotti, formerly with Wolfgang Puck, the Water
Grill and Domain Chandon.
As you enter the ristorante,
you can see the pizzas prepared in view-areas where guests can watch the dough
being tossed. With an Italian-style tile floors, a vibrant color scheme and
several dimensional signs and statues with caricature masked, Italian chefs, and
rich wood accents in a beautiful cocktail bar at the far end of the restaurant,
the decor appeals to both adults and kids. Upstairs Terrazza dining offers views
of Downtown Disney and is ideal for parties. Giardino outdoor patio
seating features twinkling fiber optic lights at night and seats up to 225
people for parties and corporate gatherings.
You start your meal
with some tasty breads and butters. Appetizers are a stand out and can easily
satisfy your hunger, so be sure to ask your food server about size and servings
before ordering. We started with the heavenly Polenta con un ragu della
salsiccia, a polenta cake with sausage and pepper ragu. It was unique and tasty.
We also order a favorite for some in our group, Calamaretti Fritti, fried
calamari in a smooth, light tomato sauce with a hint of spice.
There are a handful of
insalates on the menu, including one I would have tried if the group had agreed.
Called Insalate alla Napoli, it includes romaine, red onions, roasted red and
yellow peppers, garbanzo beans, and olives, tossed with a cream Italian
dressing. Our group agreed on the more traditional Insalata di Corte, a Caesar
salad with hearts of romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and croutons. It was very
For entrees, we selected
several dishes to pass around the table. With eight people, there wasn't much to
sample if you were the last in line for the pass around of a plate. But I
managed to get a taste of Lasagna alla Napoletano, which was fresh and
light tasting. I wish our group had focused on the pastas and lasagnas because
they were exceptional. But the majority preferred pizzas so I sampled several
two kinds, the Pizza Margherita, which was very good. The Pizza Con Pollo di
blanco was my favorite of the two. It included roasted chicken, kalamata olives,
fresh mozzarella and fresh chives.
Fortunately, Naples Pizzeria
is a restaurant worthy of a repeat visit, so I intend to order some of the more
exotic and interesting items on my next trip. Family style dinners are offered
on the menu. For fun, the chef offers cooking classes from time to time. It's a
perfect method of gaining some insider tips, plus opportunity to sample some
Suggested family menus for
gatherings may include Salmone con Caponata, a pan-seared crispy skinned
Atlantic salmon served with a ragu of tomatoes, eggplant, olives, garlic and
parsley. Or try Tibia brasata Dell'agnello which is Lamb Shank braised in red
wine and fresh herbs, served over a cannelloni bean ragu and garnished with
natural juices. Taglietelle di Brasato Rinforzi is homemade flat pasta tossed
with red win braised short rib ragu. You can customize your menu with the help
of the chef and staff.
There's something for
everyone and it all tastes very fresh and delicious. The pastas and lasagnas are
made from scratch; the pizzas are baked in wood ovens. Whether you're on the
road vacationing, on business travel or live locally and are gathering for an
occasion (one of our friends was celebrating their departure from a company),
you'll enjoy the casual dress code, comfortable setting and finest Italian
meals. Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria didn't cut corners on our meals. Quality
cheeses, hand-picked herbs and ingredients made our Italian faire memorable -
truly a cut above.
It's so appealing, in fact,
that locals enjoy this user-friendly complex for dining, shopping and strolling
close to the Disney vibe, best described as "being a kid."
Parking: Self-parking is
available with the first three hours of parking free. An additional two hours
can be validated for dining restaurants. Valet Parking is offered from 5
p.m.- 2 a.m. for $6 (note: the fees may change, so please check before you
go by calling!)
DOWNTOWN DISNEY RESTAURANTS
Catal features Mediterranean
cuisine with grilled seafood, poultry and vegetables served in an Art
Deco atmosphere. Priority seating:
(714) 781-3463. (Patina Group restaurant)
ESPN Zone includes video and
interactive games, sports displays and a screening room where you can
sit back in an easy chair and watch television sports broadcasts while
drinking your favorite beer or cocktail. Meals served: Lunch and Dinner.
Cuisine type: American. Priority Seating:
House of Blues includes shrimp,
BBQ ribs and Louisiana-style Cajun delights plus top blues musicians
featured nightly. Meals served: Lunch and Dinner. Cuisine types: Cajun
and Creole. Priority seating: (714) 781-3463.
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria
includes an entertaining display of pizza tossing. Pizza, pasta and
salads are perfect for the entire family. Meals served: Lunch and
Dinner. Cuisine type: Italian. Priority seating: (714) 776-6200. (Patina
Napolini is quick
serve Italian faire for those on the run seeking foods such as panini
sandwiches, pizza and snacks for the munchkins. Meals served: Breakfast,
Lunch and Dinner.
Rainforest Cafe includes live parrot shows outside the cafe daily and a thunder and lightning
display every 20 minutes inside while you dine. Cuisine type: American.
Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Reservations: (714) 772-0413.
Ralph Brennan's Jazz
Kitchen provides the atmosphere of Bourbon Street with intimate jazz and
blues concerts to accompany your favorite cuisine, spicy and exciting.
includes a cantina, margaritas, and outstanding south-of-the-border menus from
Guadalajara, Executive Chef Tor Kelso grew up with. (714) 535-5000 (Patina
Other shops include
Dasz, Wetzel's Pretzels, Marceline's Confectionery, Jamba
Juice and Compass Books and Cafe with a coffee bar.
DOWNTOWN DISNEY SHOPPING
World of Disney,
Mainspring fashions, Liquid Planet for casual, youth clothing,
Sephora fragrances and make up, Petals handbags and accessories,
Department 56 collectibles, HoyPoLoi gifts, glass and lighting,
Something Silver, Illuminations candles and craft items,
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Island Charters, The Lego Imagination Center,
Starabilias, Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange and for entertainment, AMC
Where to stay:
When visiting Downtown Disney and perhaps enjoying the House of Blues or
a late night Disneyland park fireworks show, why not consider staying
all night nearby at hotel. In addition to
and Marriott Hotel
hotels, there are other affordable options such as