7/10/2012 12:44:00 PM

Trattoria Neapolis Debuts Splashy Italian Decor and Menu Tonight

As promised, Pasadena's newest - and splashiest - Italian restaurant debuts tonight in the South Lake neighborhood. Trattoria Neapolis has a lot going for it: Wood-burning oven, Neapolitan-style pizzas, beer list curated by the Christina Perozzi, aka one half of the Beer Chicks (the other half, Hallie Beaune, is the in-house beer sommelier), a cocktail program by barman Vincenzo Marianella, delicious Stumptown coffee. From the beautiful imported tile and marble to the airy garden room and balcony, the space has some wow factor, especially on this stretch that has more chains than fine dining spots.

In addition to those thin-crust pies, exec chef Bryant Wigger (Four Seasons Los Angeles) offers a traditional Italian menu with a Californian market-to-table sensibility, meaning mini crispy lobster arancini, grilled baby octopus with crispy potato torta and sweet tomato oil, gnocchi with smoked pork shoulder, and pan-roasted black cod with charred sweet corn, favas and Manila clam broth.Trattoria Neapolis is only open for dinner now, with lunch and a to-go counter opening soon. In a few months the owners are promising late-night pizzas - and he actually means past 11 PM, almost unheard of in Pasadena) - and a happy hour.

336 S. Lake Ave.; 626-792-3000


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