This Columbia Heights Restaurant Is an Escape to Naples, Italy
A short walk away from the hustle and bustle that surrounds the Columbia Heights metro, you’ll find new Italian restaurant, Napoli Pasta Bar.
Situated on Sherman Avenue, the restaurant is nestled between a cluster of row homes. Which gives it a welcoming, neighborhood feel.
Opened just over one year, the restaurant has already received rave reviews. Napoli is one of 19 new restaurants added to the selective Bib Gourmand list for 2019.
“Introduced in 1955, Bib Gourmand restaurants are selected by Michelin’s famously anonymous food inspectors. They choose restaurants serving high quality food and make it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included).”
And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Napoli. Their menu boasts a $35 per person option that includes an appetizer, main course and glass of wine.
What to Eat at Napoli Pasta Bar
Stepping into Napoli Pasta Bar is reminiscent of a colorful street in a small Italian village.
The restaurant is quaint, but packed with ample seating options. There is an outdoor patio, a small bar, a downstairs seating area for dinner, as well as upstairs seating.
Colorful, hand-painted plates fill the walls and are used to serve up their dishes. The place feels like home, and is a good fit for families, dinner with your girlfriends, and large groups alike.
Walking in on a Friday afternoon, I was ready for a cocktail.
I ordered the Ischia, a cocktail made with apricot and rosemary infused gin, earl grey cocchi americano, and aperol. It was bright and refreshing– everything you’d want after a long day.
Next came the Parmigiana Di Melanzana. Made with eggplant, ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, and basil pesto it is arguably the best, most flavorful dish on the menu. Last but not least was the Paccheri O’rrau. The pasta is fresh and chewy, and comes with Neapolitan ragout (stew meat in San Marzano tomato sauce) parmigiano cheese, and basil.
Meet Owner Antonio Ferraro
First-time restaurant owner, Antonio Ferraro, has managed some of the finest Italian restaurants in Washington– like Cafe Milano and Del Campo– but always dreamed of opening his own. With Napoli, he’s realizing his dream of bringing the flavors of the Sorrento Coast to Washington.
Ferraro hails from Vico Equense in the city of Naples, Italy but has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for the last 13 years.
“I love the food, friends, and beautiful places in Naples,” says Ferraro. “People enjoy every day and that’s what I wanted to create with Napoli.”
“Food from the Sorrento Coast is very colorful. There is lots of lemon, oranges, and flowers. You’ll see these things incorporated in different ways throughout our menu.”
Feeling adventurous? Ferraro recommends the Eggplant Parmigiana, Paccheri Al Ragu, or Rigatoni Genovese.