I live and work in Pasadena,
I live and work in Pasadena, therefore been to almost all the restaurants in the area. This is one of my favorites. Came back to Neapolis a total of 4 times. It is very consistent in terms of food quality and service.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great cocktail menu and drink
Great cocktail menu and drink execution. Good food menu, uneven but mostly good execution.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had the pork chops and my
I had the pork chops and my wife had the pasta bolognese. The food was delightful and yummy! Incredible wine list. Knowledgeable server and staff!
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We simply love this restaurant. The food is excellent. Attention is paid to special needs. The service is incredible. The menu is innovative and tasty.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
A sincere, friendly welcome
A sincere, friendly welcome by a manager vs. a hostess at check-in was unique and made me feel special.The professional waiter was superior. Squash blossom appetizer was exceptional; pizza was prepared by someone who really knew what s/he was doing, in the best oven. Gelato needs work -- a bit heavier and denser than what one finds on its home turf. Worth crossing town to visit.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Dining Experience
This was our 2nd time at the restaurant. The first was Christmas Eve, when they were exceptionally busy and it was still quite new. On Tuesday, when we were there it was much more quiet. EVERYTHING about the evening was exceptional. We were there to celebrate a birthday with a party of 4. Everyone had something different, and all were excellent. We enjoyed their specialty cocktails, a couple of appetizers to share (meatballs and risotto balls, a couple of salads (the arugula salad was the only item I wouldn't order again -- a bit boring). Entrees consisted of the pork chop (best ever tasted), 2 pasta dishes (both excellent) and the fish special. I should note that the service was also excellent. We look forward to going back!
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Drinks were amazing! Did
Drinks were amazing! Did not like the focaccia but did enjoy dinner and appetizers. I will definitely to back.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service were quite
Food and service were quite good. Only comment was that the waiter was determined to tell us the specials BEFORE he would take the drink order.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very good restaurant. Waitstaff
A very good restaurant. Waitstaff is attentive and knowledgeable. Beautifully decor.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great New Restaurant In Pasadena
Little hidden gem in Pasadena! Great service great ambiance. Loved it!
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We stumbled across this restaurant
We stumbled across this restaurant though Open Table and will definitely be back! Artichoke heart appetizer was fantastic and the service was impeccable. The panna cotta made with Greek yogurt was also a wonderful surprise. The kitchen made a mistake on one of our side dishes, twice actually, but the waiter was very polite and insisted on making the kitchen get it right... they did and it was delicious, and the waiter took it off our bill for the inconvenience. Hey, we all mistakes, but it's how we deal with them that make all the difference. In this case, they way they handled it made us want to return, and we will.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
First, but not the Last Time!
This was our first visit to Trattoria Neapolis, based on the recommendation of a friend who had dinner there. This was lunch and we look forward to returning for dinner. The menu is extensive, with every Italian food represented. They also have a large wine by the glass (or bottle) listing together with a number of beers on draught. It is a large restaurant, but warm and inviting.
5/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Lake aVE VENUE
Beautiful bar, food great, service nice. All you could ask for in a moderately priced Lake Ave venue.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful place, fine food
Enjoyed a lunch with a friend there. Great interior, good menu. Food was delicious and service attentive.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu keeps changing so there
Menu keeps changing so there are always new options
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We recently ate at this restaurant for a birthday. We had a big group and would recommend sitting in the wine room for a more private setting. The food was good and came on time. Arancini and salami platter were great, as well as the pork chop. The tiramisu was good for dessert. Great local restaurant for a tasty spin on Italian food.
One negative. I wouldn't come here for a special occasion. I chose this restaurant to celebrate a birthday and appreciated the candle on the dessert, but was disappointed when they didn't give us at least one dessert for free. Customer service is so important and it would have been nice to receive a little more attention for our big group and appreciation for coming to celebrate a birthday at this restaurant.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Neapolis is rapidly becoming my favorite restaurant. The cocktails are consistently delicious and creative, the wine list is outstanding, the atmosphere stunning and the food fabulous! On this visit, I had a softshell crab/squid ink pasta that was to-die-for. We also recently got a couple of take-out pizzas and the arugula salad and those were delicious as well. The best thing about this place is that it's totally a special occasion restaurant, but there are simple and affordable items on the menu as well, so you can go in a group without feeling like you're obligating anyone to a huge bill, or you can drop in on the spur-of-the-moment without feeling like you're splurging. This restaurant manages to be all things to all people!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to just have fun!
Really enjoy the bar here. I love other bars in Pasadena (Parkway Grill & Raymond), but this one is in TOP 3! The bar appetizer are great, the pizza id good and the bar tenders are knowledgeable and fun. Italian wine list is excellent with wines from most major regions. Enjoy your lunch or dinner we did.
5/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was wonderful at
Everything was wonderful at this new Lake St. Italian. We would have preferred a booth, but that was our only disappointment. The salmon crudo was divine.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd read some mixed reviews on Yelp-both about the food and the service, so I had some trepidation about trying it. But my server was generally wonderful, even if I had to wait a bit (he seemed very busy) and the food, especially the asparagus appetizer, was outstanding.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is good, ambience is nice enough and the prices are acceptable, but the bartender is a true artist. Inventive & daring on the unusual drinks and rock solid on the traditional ones, come here thirsty and you will not be disappointed. Truly fresh ingredients and nice touches like large-block ice cubes are a few of the top-shelf touches at Neopolis.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good food and friendly service
I have seen this resturant before, but had not stopped in to eat. I read reviews that said food was great but was not high on the service. I had great food and service! The staff was helpful with dining and drinks suggestions. Everything I tried was great. Only down side is the portions are on the small side. I plan to be back.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were great! we had a graduation lunch for 8 and the whole experience was wonderful.
compliments to the chef for the best grilled fresh fish I have had this year. can't wait to go back for dinner some night.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Gem in Pasadena
* Awesome space - cool decor, lots of room, really neat upstairs eating area that overlooks the bar
* Fantastic craft cocktails with different ingredients you don't find at other restaurants
* They have big rooms that can be used for large parties
* Pretty decent wine list, focusing on Italian and Californian wines
* Food is fantastic - fun, a bit experimental, but based on traditional Italian (not "Italian-American") dishes - lamb, beef, pork, and of course pasta and some fancy pizzas
* We brought our almost 4 year-old daughter and she loved it. They don't have booster seats, though - only high chairs, which she's too big for. But she loved the food choices, including sampling from our "adult" dishes as well as her kids' menu dish.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a date or a group
The food was pretty good. The service was okay. But the ambience was the best. :)
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We LOVED Trattoria Neapolis!!!
We LOVED Trattoria Neapolis!!! Our second time there, and it was perfect in every way on both visits - We live in the San Francisco area, or we would be eating there very often - Both food and service were perfectly executed - Fabulous cocktail offerings - wanted to try all of them - Highly recommended!!!!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and friendly service.
Great food and friendly service. Authentic Italian cuisine. We've been several times and definitely plan to return.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Trot over to Trattoria Neapolis
Trattoria Neapolis has a very thoughtful lunch menu, great for those of us who like to leave room for dessert. Service was very accommodating and thoughtful.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
From food to ambience to service, a totally wonderful experience!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was amazing
House cured meats, amazing cheeses, caprese with fig sorbet, WOW!!! Fresh pastas and amazing service! What else do you need?
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good was good, service was great! We met the chef, very nice guy. You can tell he loves his job and wants to push the limits with his cooking.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find on Lake Ave.
My wife and I recently dined at Trattoria Neapolis on Lake Ave in Pasadena. Coming from Philadelphia, we are fairly harsh critics, especially when it comes to Italian restaurants. We found everything about Trattoria Neapolis to be spot-on. Loved the bar. The food was very very good, and properly portioned. Lauren our server was a real pro and knew the menu (which changes often). We think we've found our fave Pasadena Italian restaurant!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly Staff & Gorgeous Interior
Only negative comment would probably be that we had to flag down our waiter a few times during the evening. The food is a little on the higher side for the quality or portions. I do love the design/interior of the restaurant - reminds me of Europe.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at Neapolis several Times now and always find it a pleasant and rewarding experience. They have a great range of craft beers, wine from Puglia (always a treat!) and the food gets better and better. The building is lovely and the fact that the owner comes round to greet his guests is always a good sign in a restaurant.
A glass of Limoncello on the house would complete the true italian experience!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
You Must Go!!
Trattoria Neapolis is the simply fab! The decor is gorgeous, the location is prime, and the food, oh man the food, is the bomb!!!!! My wife and I had a lovely dinner. For a little over one Ben, we had four glasses of wine, a beautiful appetizer, amazing entrees, and the homemade, non-traditional tiramisu. The ingredients were fresh and the food was creatively prepared and plated beautifully. Our experience was simply terrific. Skip the tired, stuffy Italian joint down the street on Lake, and give Neapolis a shot. I am pretty sure that you will enjoy the food as much as we did.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found this restaurant through the KCET list of best Pasadena restaurants. It completely lived up to its billing. We had a great meal with terrific service.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
South Lake gem
Good location, warm and inviting when you walk in. Service was good as was the food.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reunion at Trattoria
Very special evening at Trattoria Neapolis which was highly recommended. An amazing evening with the family. The food was wonderful including the few "surprises" delivered as a courtesy from the restaurant management. From the appetizers thru the desserts, the hits just kept on coming. But the service was what made the evening. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was superb. Our waiter Santos insured a special evening with his knowledge and recommendations but most of all his laughter and the fun and joy he brought to our table. A warm and considerate man who made us feel as if we were eating in his home vs his place of employment. The Executive Chef made an effort to come and speak with us despite a very busy evening. Thanks to everyone!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Right waiter makes the difference
I will wait an hour for my waiter. He makes the difference, fun, advises honestly, while just makes the experience better. Some waiters/waitress' can ruin the experience, you just have to be willing to wait for the good ones.
Oh ya, and go ahead and give them your info, they'll have your drink waiting for you before you order it. Makes you feel appreciated.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Italian Venue
Great service, gracious owner, good food. Definitely a do over.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
Went on a busy Saturday night - but we were pleased with the service we received - the waiter was attentive and took care we were happy with everything. I am not sure what happened to the people who thought you had to be under 40 - we are over 60 and were never treated with sub-par service. We did order wine without any issues. We shared a pizza for an appetizer - the sausage was so good and the crust was nice and chewy (it should not have been crisp or the pizza toppings would be ruined). We both had pasta dishes - the Bolognese was very good - not traditional meat sauce but you can get that at any old style Italian restaurant, and we were there for something better - and it was.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian Gem in Pasadena
* Beautifully designed space
* Bar is extremely well-stocked with hard-to-find spirits, and very knowledgeable bartenders who create well-balanced cocktails
* Food is always excellent. Never had a bad appetizer, entree, or dessert here.
* Menu changes seasonally, so it's fun to return to see what changes have been made
* The wait staff and bartenders provide excellent service.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM