A Japanese pizza chain with a difference
Everyone loves a good pizza, right? Well, this is what Japanese restaurant chain Napoli’s have in mind with the Mar. 1 opening of their second Ho Chi Minh City restaurant on Dong Du.
With a prolific record of 68 outlets opened in Japan in the space of just four years, and with Napoli’s Pizza and Café already wooing the punters on Ly Tu Trong, the chain has garnered itself a well-deserved reputation for fast, tasty Italian pizza at reasonable prices. Born in Shibuya, a district of Tokyo, in 2012, the latest incarnation comes with a chic interior, a cozy ambience and an al fresco dining area.
Open for both lunch and dinner, and set up for group gatherings as well as both romantic and solo dining, the eatery focuses on the mighty pizza, but also serves up the full range of Italian fare. Made with imported ingredients from Italy — think flour, tomatoes, cheese and ham — 12 artisan pizzas are on the menu including anything from the Margherita and Napoletana through to the Teriyaki Chicken and Salsiccia. These are complemented by fresh salads, pasta, gratin and doria, 14 types of tapas and desserts.
Naturally, any Italian needs to have a good drinks menu to complement the cuisine, and Napoli’s has done just that. With more than 30 wines by the bottle and a number by the glass, the drinks selection also comes with over 100 cocktails starting at VND65,000 a go. Considering the downtown location, this is a bargain.
Service, Service, Service
However, the secret to Napoli’s success is not just the quality of the food and drink, but the speed of the service. Here it’s fast, super fast. The reason? An innovative and low-cost food production process that Napoli’s calls the EP-SYSTEM.
The ‘E’ is the specially designed ENDOME pizza oven that is capable of reaching temperatures of up to 400oC. This means that the cooking time from fresh product to final pizza is a matter of minutes. And the ‘P’ is the P-SLIDE system that enables the pizza dough to be flattened and rolled out into a base in just three seconds. Add to this a secret dough recipe that ensures two key components of the pizza are looked after — the base and the crust — and it’s easy to see why Napoli’s has been so successful in Japan.
The latest challenge? Vietnam. With plans to open 20 more restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City over the next five years, the newest manifestation of Napoli’s on Dong Du is just the start. And with Napoli’s providing a steady balance between fast-serve pizza and Italian authenticity, while using quality ingredients and keeping prices affordable, it’s a good bet that they may just achieve their goal.
Pizzeria Bar Napoli’s is open daily from 11am to 1am and is at 54 Dong Du, Q1, HCMC, Tel: (08) 3822 8800. Napoli’s Pizza and Caffe’ is open every day from 8am to 1am and can be found at 284-286 Ly Tu Trong, Q1, HCMC, Tel: (08) 3824 8083. For further info click on napolisvietnam.com. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Napoli’s is offering one free drink and one free dessert for every female customer between Tuesday, Mar. 8 and Sunday, Mar. 13.
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Ron Leck Tuesday, 01 March 2016 02:41 Comment Link
By far, the best pizza this side of Italy!!