Italians may not consider this to be up to their standards of Italian dining and of course, me not being Italian, I would have to agree.
The interiors of the restaurant Trattoria Neapolis on Lake in Pasadena, Ca. have great promise with the black and white look of an era gone by that is until you look high above the bar and find that even the TV’s are in black and white. My husband being a sports fan would not make this restaurant his neighborhood bar on Sundays during football season.
If you take away the good Zagat ratings and the Pasadena Best New Restaurant rating, the restaurant is just another poor attempt at Italian dining. Why Zagat and Pasadena’s Star-News (containing the annual restaurant awards) would have this restaurant even on any type of list is beyond my imagination.
Consider our brunch which we shared: Salumi, a collection of cured meats at $16.00; the Prosciutto di Parma pizza, Smoked Buffalo Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Arugula and Tomatoes at $15.00. Our drinks were specials of the day which included an Italian Soda with Ice Tea or Lemonade at $5.00 each. When the waiter asked if we wanted refills of course we replied, yes. The bill came and we paid $20.00 for 4 non-alcoholic drinks. The selection of cured meats couldn’t hold a candle to what we’ve experienced at other restaurants. The pizza was soft and chewy – crust was not crisp to say the least.
At the end of our brunch experience our bill with tip was over $60.00. I am always willing to pay for great food, great service and a great dining experience. Unfortunately my time at Trattoria Neapolis was anything but that. Open 11:30 a.m. -10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch only on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Address is 336 So. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, Ca. Phone is (626) 792-3000.