After Hours: Napolimania is as Italian as it gets in Tokyo
Finding a good Italian restaurant in Tokyo is no small task. Chain restaurants like Saizeriya pepper the city, and local interpretations of Italian cuisine leave much to be desired, as they’re usually little more than dine-and-dash spaghetti parlors.
Then you have Napolimania. Located 10 minutes of walking distance from Shibuya between Shibuya and Omotesando stations, Napolimania is as authentic an Italian restaurant as you’ll find in Tokyo, run by a pair of Italians who are very, very passionate about making the dining experience one to remember.
The food menu offers something for everyone, with chicken, seafood, pork and vegetarian options available all day, along with the pizzas the eatery is known for.
The restaurant seats close to 20, but there is a second location within walking distance to accommodate larger parties and overflow.
Appetizers at Napolimania are a treat. The pumpkin and pepper spread and the mozzarella and tomato dish options contain some of the freshest produce the city has to offer.
The potato-based gnocchi gorgonzola e nochi primi is surprisingly flavorful; the gnocchi, both fluffy and light on the tongue, seems to melt in your mouth and blend in with the hearty cheeses before you get the chance to chew, while the crumbled walnuts sprinkled throughout add a much-appreciated crunch to the dish.
The wine menu is a mile long, and the ever-friendly waitstaff, who are fluent in English, Japanese and Italian, are ready and eager to help you pair your meals with the perfect palliative upon request.
Menu items run anywhere from 1,000 yen to 2,600 yen, making this location a perfect spot for a great dinner that won’t break the bank when the tab comes.
Napolimania is open from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., then it closes for three hours to change menus and prepare dinner options. It reopens at 5:30 p.m., and closes for the night at 10:30.