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  • Stunning Trattoria Neapolis Now Even Better

    When Trattoria Neapolis on South Lake Avenue first opened its doors in July 2012, it wowed guests with its stunning interior, high ceilings, marble detailing and gorgeous bar. Complemented by the Italian-American cuisine and a four-tiered beverage program, Trattoria Neapolis was one of the most anticipated openings in Pasadena that year, won numerous “Best of” awards, and became both a top special occasion and everyday restaurant for locals.

    But owner Perry Vidalakis, a longtime Pasadena resident, was determined to take the restaurant to an even higher level. “Any restaurant has to continue to evolve in order to stay at the top of its game,” said Vidalakis. He recruited a very talented new chef – Clinton McCann – who previously helmed great restaurants in New York City. Together they’ve assembled a top-notch culinary team.

    With the exception of customer favorites, nearly every menu item has been replaced or improved. There’s also an award-winning new head bartender, a new general manager formerly with Patina for more than 10 years, and new staff members in other key positions.

    New to the menu is an “Italian Steakhouse” section. Guests can select from a variety of prime steaks, fish, a pork chop or chicken – all cooked on their custom made wood burning grill and accompanied by a choice of Italian accented sides and sauces.

    There are also high-quality and distinctive versions of Italian-American classics, from Tuscan Meatballs and Crab Arancini to Carbonara and Bolognese to main courses like Pan Seared Cod Cacciatore and Salmon Puttanesca. The focus is on distinctive versions of Italian classics made with high quality ingredients, great culinary technique and made-from-scratch preparation.

    The restaurant has also upped its game on the special event front, with a large number of wine dinners and large private events in their beautiful banquet spaces. The Italian Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays – with dishes like Bolognese Benedict and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes – is among the best in the city.

    What hasn’t changed are the award-winning service and the magnificent bar and beverage programs. And it’s still one of the most gorgeous restaurants in Pasadena – now even better.

    To celebrate the holidays, Trattoria Neapolis will be offering two special cocktails throughout the month of December. The “Fireside” is served warm and includes Appleton Estate V/X rum, brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. And for eggnog lovers, “Santa’s Little Helper” is a festive mix of Ron Matusalem rum, homemade eggnog and freshly grated nutmeg.

    The restaurant will also be offering special dishes and its banquet venues are available for holiday bookings.
    Trattoria Neapolis
    336 South Lake Avenue
    626-792-3000 • www.trattorianeapolis.com

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        • Stunning Trattoria Neapolis Now Even Better

          When Trattoria Neapolis on South Lake Avenue first opened its doors in July 2012, it wowed guests with its stunning interior, high ceilings, marble detailing and gorgeous bar. Complemented by the Italian-American cuisine and a four-tiered beverage program, Trattoria Neapolis was one of the most anticipated openings in Pasadena that year, won numerous “Best of” awards, and became both a top special occasion and everyday restaurant for locals.

          But owner Perry Vidalakis, a longtime Pasadena resident, was determined to take the restaurant to an even higher level. “Any restaurant has to continue to evolve in order to stay at the top of its game,” said Vidalakis. He recruited a very talented new chef – Clinton McCann – who previously helmed great restaurants in New York City. Together they’ve assembled a top-notch culinary team.

          With the exception of customer favorites, nearly every menu item has been replaced or improved. There’s also an award-winning new head bartender, a new general manager formerly with Patina for more than 10 years, and new staff members in other key positions.

          New to the menu is an “Italian Steakhouse” section. Guests can select from a variety of prime steaks, fish, a pork chop or chicken – all cooked on their custom made wood burning grill and accompanied by a choice of Italian accented sides and sauces.

          There are also high-quality and distinctive versions of Italian-American classics, from Tuscan Meatballs and Crab Arancini to Carbonara and Bolognese to main courses like Pan Seared Cod Cacciatore and Salmon Puttanesca. The focus is on distinctive versions of Italian classics made with high quality ingredients, great culinary technique and made-from-scratch preparation.

          The restaurant has also upped its game on the special event front, with a large number of wine dinners and large private events in their beautiful banquet spaces. The Italian Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays – with dishes like Bolognese Benedict and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes – is among the best in the city.

          What hasn’t changed are the award-winning service and the magnificent bar and beverage programs. And it’s still one of the most gorgeous restaurants in Pasadena – now even better.

          To celebrate the holidays, Trattoria Neapolis will be offering two special cocktails throughout the month of December. The “Fireside” is served warm and includes Appleton Estate V/X rum, brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. And for eggnog lovers, “Santa’s Little Helper” is a festive mix of Ron Matusalem rum, homemade eggnog and freshly grated nutmeg.

          The restaurant will also be offering special dishes and its banquet venues are available for holiday bookings.
          Trattoria Neapolis
          336 South Lake Avenue
          626-792-3000 • www.trattorianeapolis.com