Pie in the Sky

Fresh pizza at Naples 15

There are haunted houses, and then there’s cursed real estate. Since 2000, at least seven restaurants and cafés have opened and shuttered at 15 N. Butler St., the ground-level space below Capital Fitness. Perhaps it’s the location, which is just far enough off the Square to risk being overlooked.

Here’s hoping Naples 15 can break the spell. Helmed by Salvatore Di Scala, a chef and former boxer, the restaurant is a love letter to his Italian hometown. The novella of a menu is packed with Italian culinary history and photos, and even the floor is covered with illustrations of traditional Neapolitan playing cards.

“This is a dream come true,” he says. “Inside this restaurant, I feel like I’m in Naples.”

Authentic Neapolitan pie calls for San Marzano tomatoes and creamy buffalo mozzarella, ingredients that top nearly all Di Scala’s fifteen pizzas. Try the classic margherita, scattered with basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano, or anything made with mustard greens. The crust, with its blistered, crackling exterior and airy, doughy crumb, is the perfect canvas, the kind of thing that will make you fight over the last slice.

Naples 15 also serves antipasti, meat, fish and pasta, including a terrific marinated vegetable salad and seafood risotto (made on request). For dessert there are the signature Neapolitan sfogliatelle, layers of flaky pastry encasing fistfuls of sweetened lemon ricotta. Crisped in the oven and showered with powdered sugar, they’re best eaten out of hand, with a large napkin.

Naples 15
15 N. Butler St. 
250-6330, naples15.com

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