By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Restaurants | Issue: September 2009
Server Cheyne Romero and restaurant owner Benny Luchno are celebrating Napoli’s fourth year of offering fine Italian dining to patrons of the Broken Arrow location.
Benny Luchno owns Napoli’s Italian Restaurants in Broken Arrow, Tahlequah and Muskogee. The newest restaurant opened its doors four years ago and is located on the corner of 81st & 145th E. Ave. in Broken Arrow.
If you enjoy fine Italian dining and are looking for a cozy place with an enchanting atmosphere and great homemade Italian fare, Napoli’s is a must-visit stop that should please even the most demanding palate.
Benny Luchno grew up in Naples, Italy, where his father owned a restaurant for 42 years. Benny began cooking at the family-owned business each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when he was 14 years old. When his dad retired, the Naples restaurant was sold to a cousin to keep it in the family.
Benny’s uncle immigrated to Dallas, Texas and started the first family-owned Napoli’s Restaurant 32 years ago. When Benny turned 20, he began spending his summers in Dallas working for his uncle. After seven months of full-time employment at his uncle’s restaurant, the two partnered and opened their first Oklahoma Napoli’s in Muskogee. Since then, Benny has successfully launched restaurants in Tahlequah five years ago and in Broken Arrow four years ago.
Napoli’s menu features so many entrees of homemade Italian dishes that one has a tough time deciding what to order. Options include appetizers, salads, sandwiches, homemade baked pastas, entrees, house specialties, chicken and veal selections, seafood and New York-style pizza. They also have a huge selection of lunch specials and a children’s menu. And desserts? Since most of us would honestly prefer to eat our desserts first, how does cheesecake in flavors of black forest, strawberry, and triple chocolate sound? They also serve cannoli cream and tiramisu, a popular Italian cake.
The Napoli’s menu kicks off with appetizers: fried mozzarella cheese, fried calamari, shrimp napoleone, sliced Italian sausage, and stuffed mushrooms.
If you’re into Italian sauces, you’ll enjoy selecting your favorite from marinara, alfredo, olive oil, garlic and basil, or alla panna (alfredo sauce with touch of marinara).
Salad selections include a traditional tossed salad, caesar, chef, Napoli’s salad, chicken caesar, and a chef salad with chicken. You’ll also appreciate choosing from a fine selection of dressings.
Specialty sandwiches include the calzone, meatball parmigiana sub, stromboli, chicken parmigiana sub, sausage parmigiana sub, and Philly cheese steak.
Napoli’s homemade baked pastas will have your mouth watering with selections of baked ziti, eggplant parmigiana, meat ravioli, manicotti, cheese or spinach ravioli, eggplant rollatini, lasagna, and a pasta sampler. Entrees include spaghetti in eight varieties, chicken minestrone soup, sausage pizzaola, tortellini alla panna and sausage pepper parmigiana.
The Napoli’s menu is topped off with a nice variety of chicken, veal, seafood and New York-style pizza. All dishes are reasonably priced and served with fresh baked Italian dinner rolls.
Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.