Having heard raving review for Via Napoli in Lane Cove, we were excited to finally assess the hype when it opened south of the Bridge in Surry Hills. As it was also one of our best friend’s birthday, the occasion doubled as the perfect adventure to taste an authentic, small slice of Italy.
We came eager to try their pizzas and, after some very extensive deliberation, finally settled on a 0.5m pizza with two toppings, the quattro salumi (San Marzono tomato, Fior di latte, ham, sausage, mild salami, hot salami, basil) and the Via Napoli (Luigi’s fantasy pizza – we can’t spoil the surprise more than that). We had no regrets; the toppings were fresh, the pizza was well cooked and the flavours all blended together beautifully. Our only issue would be that the slices were huge, and it would be more conducive to sharing if the slices were smaller.
When ordering the pizzas, it is worth keeping in mind that 0.5m is more than it seems and is enough to feed three people, and, in addition, the range of pizzas isn’t as wide as other places such as Criniti’s.
In addition to the pizza, we were convinced to try one of the daily specials, the slow-cooked lamb ravioli. This was incredibly tasty – the lamb was cooked to perfection and we would highly recommend this if it is on the menu when you go.
The service at Via Napoli was friendlier than any restaurant we have ever been to. Following their true Italian heritage, we were warmly greeted upon entry and the staff were overall very genuine. Given it was a birthday celebration, the staff kept our cake in the fridge, before bringing it out with sparklers and singing happy birthday, all free of charge which was a lovely touch. In addition, whenever a 2m pizza is brought out, sometime unique happens but we can’t spoil what it is! The only thing to note is that you need to be prepared to wait a little, especially in busier times, as all the pizzas and dishes are made fresh but it is definitely worth it.
Via Napoli is a buzzing, friendly place that’s great for an Italian lunch or dinner. Although the range might not be as wide as Criniti’s, the prices are more affordable and, in our view, the service is significantly friendlier. We would definitely be coming back, and we would recommend that you drop by too.