A popular local restaurant has a new name but still serves the delicious old world flavor for which it became an area favorite.
Napolinos Italian Cuisine is the name of the restaurant previously known as Chefs of Napoli on U.S. 301 in Wildwood.
A recent outing at the restaurant found a large crowd with cars filling up the parking lot. Among the diners were members of The Villages BMW Z Club.
The restaurant was rocked by scandal when one of its founders was arrested earlier this year. The problem was compounded by a paperwork snafu that left the impression he was still associated with the Wildwood eatery.
Napolinos has addressed the scandal head on, by placing an enlarged “clarification” from The Villages Daily Sun right on its hostess station. It’s impossible to miss it when you walk into the restaurant.
Also impossible to miss is the Italian charm of Napolinos. The decor leaves no secret about the inspiration for the cuisine.
Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. She was clearly loyal to the restaurant’s management and told us how much she loved her job.
The menu at Napolinos offers a wide variety of dishes and temptations.
My dining companion and I are from the Midwest, so we don’t claim to be experts on Italian food. But we know what we like.
My companion ordered the chicken parmigiana, something he tends to order whenever we dine out.
Entrees at Napolinos come with a choice of soup or salad. He chose the salad and the creamy Italian house dressing, which he said was terrific.
I chose the tomato basil soup.
The real star of the meal at Napolinos was the warm crusty bread. It was the perfect companion for my soup.
I ordered the shrimp with linguini and was delighted with the presentation. The shrimp was succulent and the linguini was perfectly cooked. The marinara sauce was a tad on the sweet side which was a bit of a surprise. But it was delicious.
I was able to sneak a small slice of my companion’s chicken parmigiana. The chicken was tender and tasty.
Portions served at the restaurant are quite large and both of us left with a box. I might add those leftovers made for a wonderful lunch the following day.
Napolinos is open seven days a week. The restaurant serves lunch and offers takeout. It also offers a full bar.