Nearly every large city in South America has at least one or two very good, if not excellent, Italian restaurants. What every city does not have is an authentic Italian trattoria -- a mid-priced, family-run restaurant that serves delicious, regional dishes in a casual, home-like setting.
Lima's Trattoria Napoli does just that, serving up first-rate southern Italian fare in a sliver of a building tucked in no-frills Surquillo. The trattoria is truly a family business: The owner's from Calabria (the toe of the boot), his wife keeps the tiramisu in the fridge next-door, and the ponytailed son-in-law can often be found munching on gnocchi with the grandkids at a nearby table. The homey ambience embraces diners, too: Eat here and you feel like part of the family -- welcomed and satisfied.
Owner Don Pasquale opened his first restaurant in the neighborhood six years ago, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination us, on the corner of calles Los Paujiles and Tiendas, across from the Metro supermarket. Locals immediately became enamored of the well prepared pizzas and pastas, but the corner location encouraged a "to go" mentality that was at odds with the relaxing dining experience that Don Pasquale wished to foster. Three years later, the restaurant moved into a narrow space a few doors down, and a real neighborhood trattoria was born, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination.
The menu at Trattoria Napoli features southern Italian dishes like pastas, lasagnas, soups and, of course, 200mg Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, pizzas. As soon as you sit down at one of the restaurant's 10 tables, you're served a free appetizer of Italian flat bread with dishes of marinated red peppers and eggplant, and chimichurri, for dipping. The bread portion is small, so you will probably want to order more.
Your waiter also will set out shotglass-size samples of sweetish red wine from the owner's personal winery. Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, If you like it, you can order it by the glass or the decanter (full or half), another trattoria tradition. There is no wine list here, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination canada, so if you're in the mood for a Chilean Merlot or an Argentinean Malbec, you'll have to pop over to the local Metro. Don Pasquale will happily set out glasses and uncork the bottle for you. Just be sure to pour one for him, too.
Other ways to start your meal include an Ensalada Caprese of tomato, basil and mozzarella (S/.20 & S/.25, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination australia, prices in Peruvian soles), calzones, and large bowls of minestrone soup (S/.18) and meat cappelletti in broth (S/.20).
Most people come to Trattoria Napoli not just to nibble on appetizers, however, but to dig into big portions of lasagna, fettuccini, ravioli and other homemade pastas. Ravioli are stuffed with meat or spinach and ricotta, and any pasta can be topped with the sauce of your choice: a la crema, alfredo, pesto, puttanesca, gorgonzola, Genovese de osso bucco, spicy calabrese sausage, and others, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination. Prices range from S/.20 to S/.30 a dish. (The pesto includes a steak on top for S/.30.)
My favorite sauces include a nutty cream (salsa nueces), which is great over ravioli, a creamy pesto, and an extremely flavorful Bolognese, which tastes like someone slaved over it for half a day, 150mg Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination.
Lasagna varieties (S/.25 to S/.28) include carne, ham & mushroom , vegetarian, four cheeses and seafood. They're served in square enamel dishes which are brought to your table from the oven, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination craiglist, piping hot. Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, Something that I order all the time, but which isn't on the menu, is eggplant parmesan. Don Pasquale's version resembles an eggplant lasagna, with slices of eggplant layered like wide lasagna noodles with parmesan cheese and olive oil (no bread crumbs). Just ask for the berenjena parmesana, and they'll make it for you. It is divine to pucchare (dip bread) in and has sustained me through three Lima winters so far.
The other part of Napoli's official name is "Pizzeria," and I know several Limeños who come to Don Pasquale's just for the pizza. My son is one of these, as is my chef brother-in-law, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination canada, El Filósofo. Sometimes El Filósofo will be cooking in his own organic restaurant and if he hears that El Fotógrafo and I are going to eat at Napoli, he will tell us to bring him a pizza to go. That's saying a lot when a chef with his own pizza oven orders out from the competition, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination.
I like Don Pasquale's pizzas very much. The crust is rather thin and is topped with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce and your choice of peppers, sausage, vegetables, Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination japan, pepperoni, basil, etc. Prices range from S/.20 to S/.30 for a Personal, to S/.30 to S/.40 for a Mediano, to S/.40 to S/.50 for a Familiar.
Daily specials such as Beef or Chicken Milanese (S/.25) and Oregano Chicken with Fettuccini in Cream Sauce (S.25) round out the entrees.
By the time you finish your segunda Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, , you'll probably be stuffed, unless, like a cow, you have several stomachs. Whatever condition you're in, Don Pasquale will probably appear at your table, beaming, and urge you to try the tiramisu (S/.13). The tiramisu is something he is extremely proud of, and I spent a whole year saying No to him, 20mg Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, again and again, until one day I caved in and tried it. It's quite good and very traditional: all drippy mascarpone and cake and coffee and liquor.
You can also end your meal with a respectably strong cup of espresso or cappuccino.
Even paying the bill at Trattoria Napoli is pleasant. It'll run you about the equivalent of US $10 to $13 a person, including drinks, 750mg Metronidazole Plus Amoxicillin Combination, and you may very well leave with a doggie bag. What you won't leave is hungry. After dropping a tip for the waitstaff in the ceramic porcellino (little pig), you can let everyone know that you enjoyed your meal by ringing the bronze bell hanging by the front door.
I haven't failed to do so in the 15 or so times I've dined there.
--Barbara Drake, An American in Lima (review & photos)
DETAILS: Trattoria Pizzeria NapoliCalle Los Paujiles #190Near block 8 of Av. AramburLimatambo, SurquilloPhone: 221-0936 - 409*3202Delivery: 221-0936Tues - Sat: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pmSun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pmClosed MondaysVISA and Mastercard acceptedTrattoria Napoli on Facebook
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