Eddie’s Napoli’s Italian Restaurant is the creator of one of the tastiest food bargains in all of Amarillo — a giant triangluar slice of hand-made, New York-style cheese pizza for only $2.30. For those afraid of numbers, that’s two dollars and thirty cents.
That’s not a misprint or a typo. Two single bills and three dimes buys you a slice of pie that tastes like a million bucks and is plenty of food for lunch. And the pis de resistance of all pizza slices at Napoli’s, the “Slice Spectacular,” is a huge piece of heaven with a practical salad bar of toppings for only $3.50! A culinary steal.
Let’s begin at the beginning. The crust. Napoli’s is a light, thin, and crispy recipe, just like you’d expect at an authentic NYC pizza shop after being slid out of a hellish brick oven. Most patrons use the extra sauce from the free bread for dipping their pizza bones. The crust is that good. So is the sauce. Nothing here goes to waste.
On to the sauce. It’s is a perfectly simple, and well-balanced blend of tomato acidity and tang crossed with an Italian herbiness. Nothing too fancy. Flavorful, yet not overpowering, and it makes its presence known upon first bite. Napolis tends to spread it on a little thin, so those who prefer a saucier pie, be sure to ask for extra sauce.
Finally, the blanket of cheese is generous and always of the highest quality. Many folks like their cheese slightly burned or at least a golden brown on their pizza. Well, Napoli’s won’t be your place. Since the slice seems to be cooked from the bottom up, the cheese is always melty and gooey, but never crispy or burned.
Extra toppings for your trianglar-shaped handheld supper will run only $0.30 each, which is cheaper than dirt compared to the usual suspects of pizza delivery chains where toppings are typically twice that.
For NYC pie authenticity in a robust slice, head to Eddie’s Napoli’s, located in the old John Fountain Taylor Shop building, at 7th and Taylor in downtown Amarillo. It’s just across from the Happy State Bank and the Coble Building. Heading south on Taylor, or East on 7th, “just roll the window down and follow the smell of fresh garlic rolls!” It’sa real Italiano. Ba-goosh!