By: Lorrie Jackson | Category: Restaurants | Issue: February 2007
Nick and Jimmy serve up some of Broken Arrow’s best Italian food.
“Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing baby, ain’t nothin’ like the real thing…”
You have probably heard the lyrics to this song and know that this statement can apply to a lot of things in life besides love, including food. If you love Italian food and want to taste “the real thing,” then you may be ready for a visit to Napoli’s, Broken Arrow’s newest Italian eatery, where authentic Italian food is cooked and served fresh every day.
Once inside, you will be drawn by the sights, sounds and smells of Italy. The red checked tablecloths, quaint wall murals and pictures depicting New York and European scenes, and a trickling water fountain like one found on an Italian street complete the ambience. Soft, jazzy music from artists like Frank Sinatra soothe your spirit as you take in the aromas of freshly baked breads and pasta dishes.
Just some of Napoli’s outstanding homemade baked pastas include such classics as: baked ziti, eggplant parmigiana, ravioli (cheese or meat), eggplant rollatini and lasagna. Cannot decide on just one? You could try the pasta sampler, which includes ravioli, lasagna and manicotti topped with a thick layer of marinara and mozzarella cheese. Both sauces taste as if they have just been cooked in an Italian mother’s kitchen.
Perhaps you are more in the mood for pizza than pasta on this occasion. Then you will want to be sure and try Napoli’s pizzas, which are custom created with your choice of toppings and are hand tossed to a crispy thin crust in true New York style. Headwaiter Nick Rama also points out that calzones and strombolis are tossed in the same fashion.
Napoli’s is known especially for certain menu items, “house specialties,” like Chicken Pomodoro (chicken sautéed with fresh tomatoes, spices, light marinara and sherry wine and served over penne pasta) or Chicken Carchovi, (chicken sautéed with artichoke hearts in a creamy white wine sauce and served over spaghetti). Nick especially recommends the Chicken Albanese, in which chicken is sautéed with tomatoes, onions and basil in a rich brandy cream and served over spaghettini. “The white cream sauce on this dish is especially good,” says Nick. These are only some of the delectable ways Napoli’s serves up chicken and they have several tasty choices for the veal lover as well. Napoli’s also offers extensive menu selections for the seafood connoisseur, from simple linguini with clams in red or white sauce to more elaborate dishes like lobster ravioli, linguini tuttomare or shrimp scaloppini.
One of Napoli’s fresh green salads is sure to complement any selection, and freshly baked bread is served before every meal. These hot rolls are brushed with garlic and butter and are slightly crusty on top while delectably soft inside. And no meal is complete without a taste of either Napoli’s tiramisu or cannoli with cream, sweet treats to complete a perfect Italian dinner.
Though Napoli’s is new to the Broken Arrow scene, the restaurant chain was actually established several decades ago. Owner Gino Osmosis knows true Italian cooking well. His parents, grandparents and uncles moved from Sicily to Brooklyn in 1939 and then made another move to Dallas, Texas in 1969 where they established the original Napoli’s, using family recipes to make pastas, sauces and breads from scratch. From there, the chain grew to include Muskogee, Talequah and now Broken Arrow.
“We have several of our Muskogee and Talequah customers who stop in to visit when they are in the Tulsa area,” says Nick. “And of course while they are here they want to try out their favorite dishes.”
So if you are ready to find out what authentic Italian food is supposed to taste like, you will want to visit Napoli’s in Broken Arrow. Napoli’s is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with lunch specials available for $5.95 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.