Napolese Pizzeria - Downtown

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360 reviews
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Napolese is about artfully made pizza and stone hearth baking. We use the finest ingredients available, carefully sourcing cheeses, meats and local farm produce grown specifically for Napolese. The seasonal menu paired with incredible Patachou service make for a world class pizza experience.
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LG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Started with the caprese salad. Thought there would be a bigger portion but it was good. Had the pepperoni pizza. It was good. The server was really nice and attentive. Will go back.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Very good pizza. A little slow to get us the check.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish our dinner and experience was amazing. We were told right off the bat for our party of five how much of what to order to get the full experience of what they offer! Allen was amazing, the food was delicious and we had hours of great conversation without feeling rushed. We will definitely be back!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful pizza, great help with wine pairings, salads also delicious. Relaxed atmosphere, sat outdoors, nice breeze and good shade. Felt able to linger and enjoy our meal!!!

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JV
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cool upscale east and west coast inspired pizza. The quality of the flour/ crust could be improved and a little crunchy on the outside.

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KL
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this location. The service and food are always wonderful!

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BS
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza crust was exceptional. I'm one of those guys who thinks the crust makes the pie and this one was wood fired perfection. Crispy and chewy at the same time.

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect and delicious. Thank you, Josh for your excellent service.

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WE
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The egg on our pizza was not cooked. They tried to cook it again and same outcome.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!

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SG
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pizza in downtown Indianapolis! Extremely well executed Neapolitan style pizza. The crust was very nice; thin with a crisp shell and chewy interior. Ingredients tasted high quality. Room was very nice and service was excellent. Restaurant is only a block and a half stroll to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which is a nice spot to people watch, enjoy an ice cream cone, and take a carriage ride. It actually reminded us quite a bit of Trafalgar Square in London.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great evening overall. Our wait staff was excellent as well as the food. Arugula salad with strawberries was fantastic. We had the Meridian Kessler pizza (if I remember the name right). It was good but definitely could have used a bit more sausage. If I didn’t know it was supposed to have sausage on it, I wouldn’t have known it was there. The only other negative; there was no dedicated valet service.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow! Traveled to Indy for a concert and booked a table at Napolese. My wife has a Glutten intolerance and when we arrived we were very please to see that they offered GF Pizza. What really struck us as odd was that they offered a GF Baked Goat Cheese, Tomato Sauce, Focaccia. Not ever seeing this anywhere else we tried it and it was outstanding! Two thumbs up for Napolese and their catering to the GF people of this world!

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a business meeting and everyone loved the food and they plan to bring their families someday soon.
Napolese left a great impression with their outstanding service and food.
Thanks
Loree Galimore

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LK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience here at Napolese. We began our day at their sister restaurant Cafe Patachaou which was a great experience with options for all dietary restrictions and ages. Then we decided to go to Napolese for dinner and it was one of the best meals and experiences I've had in a while! All farm-to-table/local ingredients. The salads were very fresh and abundant for the price. They also had great cocktails. And the pizza oven they had curated the best gluten free pizza I've ever had! Would strongly recommend this restaurant.

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JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gluten free pizza was below average, but everything else was great, we’ll be back, but will avoid the gluten free pizza.

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Boise
24 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service was slow and the prices were pretty high for what the food was. It was ok - probably a better lunch place than dinner.

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CW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I continue to be a fan of Napolese. We had a group of 4 and everyone enjoyed their food. For a party of 4, the table was pretty tight. But, our server was good and helped to make it work.

For Indy, this is still an interesting take on pizza. It does feel a little stuck, though. I kind of think similar places in bigger cities have moved forward in a way that Napolese hasn't. Not 100% sure what I'd recommend in terms of updates but I hope they infuse a bit more of the Patachou creativity into their menu in the coming year or so.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place, really good pizza, perfect dinner and drinks kind of place

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The service was not very good compared to past times. The server took awhile to even get to us, and didn’t get us the usual olives. The kale salad was not massaged at all, so it was very dry. Overall, very disappointed.

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LC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Napolese is one of our favorite places for pizza . The food is so fresh and They have a great wine list.

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J
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very noisy, but I love the look of the place. I appreciate that they offer gluten free options, as I have Celiac.

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T
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing pizza and unique starters. We shared a pizza with pancetta, red potatoes and Gorgonzola. A combination that really worked well. It was outstanding. Our roasted Brussels sprouts appetizer was perfectly prepared and delicious. We also enjoyed the Napolese Old Fashioned. Service was perfect, attentive and non intrusive. Can’t wait to go back.

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M
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good date place when you don't feel like anything too fancy but still want high quality.

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RR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Napolese is one of my favorite restaurants! The pizza is delicious and the salads are really good too! And I got a dessert pizza which was also incredible! Not to mention the wine - great wines too. Our server was awesome and overall we loved our dinner. Would definitely recommend and will he going back for sure!

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f
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Napolese Pizza for the first time. We were visiting from out of town. Great service and yummy pizza. Would love to come back in the summer and enjoy the area more.

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JN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ah, from the meatballs to the wonderfully fresh pear and radish salad to, of course, the delicious pizzas, we ate too much but left completely happy and satisfied. The Napolese Boulevardier cocktail was a perfect nightcap as well.

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LP
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and meal, enjoyed the goat cheese appetizer, the double chopped salad was good and love the Hamaker pizza!

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josh K. was our server and he did a fantastic job!

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Best devour menu in Indy.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt the Manager was amazing. And our server Cody made great suggestions and was very helpful. Perfect Team!!

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Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Children are not allowed in the bar area. Hostess was rude about it. The salads were the best. Tried four pizzas including the undercooked desert pizza. The meal pizzas were good, nothing outstanding.

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JM
Indiana
39 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza and salads are large, generous, and delicious!

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LV
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food but the super loud music destroys the atmosphere it could have to actually enjoy their food! That’s sad!

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CF
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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CS
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Martha Hoover would be ashamed! Second bad experience and we won't try a third time!
I've loved all of Martha Hoover's restaurants around Indianapolis. We went to Napolese a couple of months ago on a Saturday night - we had a reservation for 4. The service was so slow we almost left. The waiter finally took our order and it took forever. When we got our pizzas, they were wrong but we were afraid to wait for replacements so we chalked it up to a bad night. Then in December, we decided to try again. With another reservation for a party of 10. We waited 30 minutes for drinks! We asked what was taking so long and heard multiple times, they would be right out. It wasn't even a busy night. We couldn't believe it. Actually, we waited 30 minutes for two bottles of wine. The cocktails took even longer. The pizzas were so substandard, it was like the chef's first time in the kitchen, hardly any toppings, some under cooked and some dry and dark brown. The only thing that didn't make us sad was the chopped salad. I 'get' a bad night, but twice? And the server wasn't even apologetic. He was just apathetic. We won't go back and I'd say, with all the other amazing restaurants in downtown Indianapolis, go where they earn your money and your loyalty. I wish we'd gone to Bazbeaux!

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IF
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had walked by Napolese a few times when downtown and finally had the chance to try it with my family. We loved everything we ate. We split the meatball appetizer to start and it was wonderful with lots of marinara. Then we all had a half salad (not on the menu that I saw but available) if you're also ordering pizza. The chopped salad was delicious with lots of meat in it. We all ended up with individual pizzas that we could only eat half of, but everyone commented how good theirs was. Didn't have room for dessert, but we'll save that for next time since we'll definitely be back. For the quality of food, I thought the pricing was very reasonable as well.

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p
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were met at the door and quickly seated.

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JS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great pizza. Great service and easy to get to!

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J
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Third visit and still the same slow, average service. This time, there was a group of six early on a Friday night. One in our group never got the drink he ordered. We waited 30 minutes for our plates to be cleared. Food is good, but not worth it to spend almost two hours to have pizza.

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