Yesterday I had a yen for a decent slice of pizza. Not a whole pizza, just a slice, and nothing insane like the Chicago-style casserole-like deep dish monstrosity. My car pointed south to the most recent decent slice I’ve had here in SW Florida- Napoli on the Bay in the old Crayton Cove part of Naples.
Every time I come here I see droves of locals. At noon the place is filled with construction teams and business people, later in the afternoon waiters and waitresses from nearby restaurants trickle in for a pre-shift slice.
The pizza is thin-crusted and highly portable. On offer yesterday: cheese, veggie, pepperoni, and sausage. Of course that varies as the day goes on. I got cheese, because as I mentioned I was feeling a little simple. Rosario (my incredibly picky Calabrian husband) got a veggie, then a pepperoni, and a P
eroni, and a bag of chips. Our bill was a very off-season-in-a-recession friendly $15.77. And the pizza? Exactly what I wanted: a crispy crust with
a perfectly even distribution of cheese over a thin splash of sauce. Another bonus, Ro liked it too. There is a huge assortment of sodas and other non-alcoholic drinks as well as beer by the bottle. There are also some of those single-serving 187ml bottles of wine for those feeling adventurous. The seating is totally basic, and the fountain for sodas is self-serve, yet oddly placed behind the ice-cream counter which appears to be universally ignored by the clientele. The menu is expansive with the typical Italian specialties from veal parmigiano to baked ziti. But I always stick with the pizza. Definitely worth the drive.