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• Cuisine Type: Italian • Fabulosity Ranking: 4/5 • Price: $$ • Best Dish: Maiale alla Sorrentina (Pork Tenderloin)
I’m always in search of an upscale yet affordable restaurant that is perfect for large dinner parties. I love a glamorous ambiance where I can bring groups of friends together for an evening filled with good conversation and extraordinary food. I believe I found the perfect place for group dinner parties when I visited Double Zero Napoletana. This sexy and sophisticated new establishment offers a fun and festive environment for groups to gather and enjoy traditional Italian cuisine. One thing I really liked about Double Zero was their versatile menu. The menu offered more than the usual pastas and pizzas that you find at every Italian restaurant. In addition to these dishes you find a plethora of cured meats, fresh cheeses, and vegetable dishes at Double Zero Napoletana.When you enter Double Zero you immediately take notice of the elegant 30 seat bar area, as well as the plush dining room. I really appreciated how the restaurant owners added comfortable pillows to each of their booths so guest feel right at home while dining. To begin our dining experience my guests and I ordered the 3 meat and cheese platter ($14). This appetizer came with Mangalista Prosciutto, Caciocavoallo cheese, Provola Affumicata cheese and sliced rustic bread. If you are dining with a large party, I suggest you order this appetizer as it is rather affordable and great for sharing. Together our group ordered 4 different entrees including two of the famous Double Zero pizzas. It should be noted that the name “Double Zero” is a reference to the most highly refined flour used in Italy. All of Double Zero Napolenta’s pizzas are of the best quality and made fresh every day. I decided to sample the Formaggi ($14) pizza. The formaggi was more of a three cheese pizza so I topped it with extra Prosciutto ($4). I made a very good choice because this pizza was delicious and the prosciutto added just the right flavor to it. My friend sampled the Affettati Pizza ($17) which came with a spicy soppressata ham, pancetta bacon, sausage, san marzano tomato and all natural fior-di-latte cheese. (My guest and I found it cute that each of the pizzas at Double Zero come with a pair of scissors for cutting instead of a knife.) One of our guests ventured into the pasta category and ordered the Rapini e Salsicce ($16) which is an egg fettuccine dish served with Italian sausage, broccoli, lemon honey, calabrian chiles, roasted garlic, and grana padano cheese. Another friend of mine who is a self- proclaimed “pork enthusiast” ordered the Maiala alla Sorrentina ($18) for her entrée. This delicious dish was comprised of a pancetta bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and served alongside a chick pea puree, currant-pine nut conserva, grilled eggplant and zucchini. After I sampled this dish I wish I would have ordered it myself. The pork was tender and full of flavor. The next time I return to Double Zero I will definitely order this for my meal. For dessert we endulged in the Bomboloni ($6) which were the most scrumptious Italian doughnuts filled with a caramel crème and served with raspberry preserves. In addition we ordered the Pesche ($8) which was an orange blosson chiffon cake, topped with poached peaches, oatmeal fiorentina and basil gelato. The dessert menu also featured Italian favorites like Tiramisu ($6), Cannoli ($4) and an assortment of Gelatos ($4). I really enjoyed my experience at Double Zero Napolenta! This restaurant provides the perfect atmospheres for birthday parties or large group celebrations. The customer service is exceptional and the food will not leave you disappointed!