Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pizzeria Napoli

Pizzeria Napoli - San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
While Mexico has, in my opinion, one of the most varied regional cuisines of any country, you can’t always find restaurants that reflect that variety. We love tacos, tortas, chile rellenos and carne adovada. But, not every day. 
That’s when you start to notice the Italian, Lebanese, French, Argentine and Chinese places, if you are lucky enough to be in a locale that has them. San Cristóbal is blessed with such a variety. 
Pizzeria Napoli is a restaurant that is easy to pass by. This time we trusted all of the positive reviews on Trip Advisor.
It’s a small place with three tables inside, two on a courtyard patio and an open kitchen dominated by Romeo, who will make you feel like you have walked into a friend’s kitchen and being asked, “Are you hungry? Let me make something for you.”
We were the first in the door, at 2:00 PM, soon followed by others. A parade of people stopped in to say buenos tardes or ciao while Romeo put our entrada together. Soon, two glasses of a Chilean red and a platter of green beans, boiled potatos, roasted red bells and raw tomatoes dressed with olive oil and basil came to the table. After the veggies were hungrily consumed, Romero brought a house made fettucine with a bolognese sauce and canneloni stuffed with ricotta and spinach with a tomato sauce that tasted fresh from the garden.
We were stuffed, so it was painful to say no when Romeo said, “Chocolate ice cream? I make it myself.”
Prices are moderate, portions are large, and the quality is high. Romeo and his Argentine wife, Zafiro, have created a wonderful, simple bit of Italy in their corner of Mexico. 
I can’t wait to return and try the pizza.
Pizzeria Napoli
Ejercito Nacional #8
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

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