Ciao Napoli

Ciao Napoli Oven

The Oven at Ciao Napoli

A few weeks ago, Jon’s sister, Kelsey, and her fiancé, Matt, came to visit Chicago! They really wanted to try out Longman & Eagle because they had heard great things. With 11 people in our party, we took cabs out to Logan Square around 8pm on Friday night, and were immediately saddened by the 2.5 hour wait. So we said, “screw it”, and walked down the street to see what else was around.

We were on the corner of Milwaukee & Kedzie trying to plan our next move… and like magic, a man emerged from a restaurant called “Ciao Napoli” and invited us into his pizzeria.

Ciao Napoli is a warm and inviting Neopolitan pizzeria, and they were willing to accommodate our large group. I recently read the review from slice, and they weren’t too pleased with the pizza. I’m thinking the restaurant must have made some changes because we were quite satisfied with our meal that evening.
Appetizers:

Pear & Gorgonzola Bruschetta: It was a nice unique start to our meal, but the gorgonzola dominated the pear taste. We loved the variety of bruschetta’s offered and were glad to have a taste!

Pear & Gorgonzola Bruschetta

Calamari with Smelt (a type of fish): I did not try this, but the others enjoyed the unique addition of smelt to a fairly traditional dish.

Calamari with Smelt

Potato Panzerotto: This dish got RAVE reviews… Jon, Kelsey, Matt, and Sal could not stop chatting about it. The fried mashed potato croquettes with mozzarella & grana padano completely wowed the crew, and it’s a definite must for your experience at Ciao Napoli.

Potato Panzerotto

Looks more magical in person 🙂 But still great

Pizzas:

Speck Pizza (cold smoked cured ham, mushrooms, white truffle oil, fresh mozzarella):
Matt & Kelsey were definitely interested in this pizza because of the meat offerings, but said it was a bit rich with the truffle oil topping.
Smelt Pizza

Margherita with Buffalo mozzarella (buffala mozzarella, basil, ligurian olive oil):
This was a classic lovely Italian pizza. The buffalo mozzarella added a nice flavor and the crust was well-cooked. Perhaps it was too oily, but overall was a nice pizza.
Margherita- Ciao Napoli

Arugula (fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, grana padano):
I really enjoyed this white pizza. As a pizza blogger, I am trying to broaden my horizons with pizza toppings, and arugula is a newer topping for me. The arugula gave great texture and flavor and I was still able to taste the chewy crust.
Arugula- Ciao Napoli

Overall, we had a great experience at Ciao Napoli. It was an unexpected dinner option, but I was happy to have tried it, and the restaurant owner was very accommodating to our large group.

  1. Get the potato panzerotto
  2. If you want to try the speck, think of it as a shared appetizer
  3. They have a nice selection of beers & wines, as they should, so check out their daily specials!

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