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Carmel: Little NapoliDolores Street. and 7th, Carmel , Phone: 831-626-6335
Closing day: none
Reviewed by: Wendy and Rob from CA, review #3423
Traditional Italian menu, loved by many locals and a popular place for visitors.
Directions: In the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. In the first block south of Ocean Ave, downtown Carmel on Dolores.
Little Napoli has been in Carmel for years and is a favorite of many. We had only eaten here once, a year-or-so-ago, but returned last week while looking for a late late lunch, we were very glad to see they served straight through.
We sat in the front room which is a large high-ceilinged comfortable space. They also have a smaller room in the back which they call “The Big Night Room”. Our server was terrific and we enjoyed talking with her about Italy, as she is from Naples.
They do not serve alcohol or apertivos so we started with a glass of prosecco and an order of arancini($8). The order consisted of four rice balls with a small dish of marinara sauce. They were cheesy and flavorful.
For our primi we ordered the Bolognese ($12.50), which is made with beef, pork and spicy sausage, the pappardelle was very fresh and a split order was the perfect serving size.
For our main plates we both ordered the chicken parmigiana($22) which was done in the traditional way and came with a side of pappardelle alfredo. Next time we will get the pasta exchanged for a veggie or some other side dish. We were told they are very flexible that way. The chicken was plump and the dish a generous serving. I brought most of mine home.
Rob ordered a bottle of vino nobile ($60), which I didn’t particularly care for and would not have him order again, but that is not a problem as their wine list is extensive. As a matter of fact they have a wine tasting space next door. And the owners are known for their connection in the wine business.
We enjoyed our meal, the service and our late afternoon.
We recommend Café Napoli if you are in Carmel some afternoon or evening.
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