Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana

Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana

By Matt Kirouac

Italian food is best when prepared by a doting matriarch in a homey atmosphere, and thatʼs precisely what Pizzeria da Nella is all about. The restaurant is a family-run affair, with namesake Nella in the kitchen and her husband managing the front of house.

Start with the burrata plate, a bowling ball-sized globe of buttery cheese served with prosciutto di Parma and luscious, toasty bruschette. Piquant black olives enliven an otherwise classic Caprese salad, and you canʼt go wrong with any of the seafood antipasti, brimming with fresh calamari, octopus, mussels, and more. Pizzas are the crown jewel, cooked in a glorious wood-fired oven until blistered and chewy. Nella turns out some unique combinations, such as her fiery diavola topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, red pepper flakes, basil, olive oil, and spicy salami; and the cafone, a smoky white pizza decorated with mozzarella, sauteed onions, sausage, and speck. Tiramisu is a revelation, a light-as-air medley of mascarpone and espresso-soaked ladyfingers. Buon appetito!

the crowd

Solo diners enjoying a leisurely meal, older couples, and families with young children, all dining together in harmony.

... on the side

if I were a movie
Dining at Pizzeria da Nella is as close as youʼll probably get to recreating the famous pasta-slurping scene in Lady and the Tramp. But instead of an alleyway, youʼre dining in a cozy restaurant.

authentic Italy
The massive handmade pizza oven is modeled after the traditional pizza ovens of Naples, and prosciutto is imported from Italy. Meanwhile, massive murals of Italian scenery transport diners right to Europe.

decibels
Medium

hours

Sun–Thu 11 AM–10 PM ; Fri–Sat 11 AM–midnight

price range

$6.99 (antipasti) to $24.99 (zuppa di pesce with lobster tail)
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