RENAPOLI: 216 SOUND BEACH AVENUE, OLD GREENWICH
If you’re looking for a place to grab lunch in Old Greenwich, things just got a little more interesting.
As first reported in Lincoln’s Log, ReNapoli opened its doors in early April, offering Chicago Italian beef alongside Napolitana, Romana, and New York pizza options. Since then, I’ve been able to return several times to solidify my opinions.
Maintaining consistency in the pizza industry must be difficult. When it first opened, I thought Tappo was one of the best non-New Haven pizzas I’d ever had. Over the last several months, however, something about their pies has changed, and not for the better. For what it’s worth, several other food bloggers I know have expressed similar thoughts, and Chris Preovolos says he has confirmed they changed something about their dough.
In combination with this, I was thrilled by my first visit to ReNapoli. While not as good as Tappo at its prime, the margherita was better than the last few times I had been. The crust was perfectly chewy, the sauce was both simple and flavorful, and the mozzarella (while not quite up to the buffalo mozz at Tappo) and basil were in perfect proportion. Add to that the big New York style slices and unique sides (can you say “calzoncini”?), and we had found a winner. Whole pies are pricey, but slices are reasonable and big enough for lunch.
Over time, however, I’ve noticed ReNapoli following a similar trend as Tappo. The sauce is a little more bland, the dough isn’t as tender, and the end result isn’t quite as good. Don’t get me wrong, the pizza, like Tappo, is still great, but it’s not AS great.
But don’t take my word for it. Head down to Old Greenwich and give ReNapoli a try for yourself.