After undergoing an extensive redesign and remodel, Naples Ristorante E Bar officially showed off their brand new look on Tuesday with a grand unveiling ceremony, and TPR was there to check it out! The restaurant now has several distinct dining areas, from the main downstairs dining room with a fire-themed mosaic glass tile mural and three new wood-burning pizza ovens, to the outdoor bar and patio which is the perfect place to enjoy a drink under the always-sunny Southern California skies, to the airy and spacious second floor seating area and balcony with views of the promenade below. The beautiful redesign is paired with a delicious new menu by Chef Umberto Ribelli of Milan, bringing authentic Italian favorites such as wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and hand-crafted pasta, paired with an extensive wine list and bar menu. Naples has always been one of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat or a drink while taking a break from our time at the theme parks, and the renovation only improves on the already great restaurant. Check out our full report below for a taste of what’s in store at the newly renovated Naples Ristorante E Bar!
It’s time to check out the newly renovated Naples Ristorante E Bar! Who’s hungry?
Disneyland Resort Ambassador Justin Rapp welcomed everyone to the event.
Brent Davies, General Manager of the Downtown Disney District and Jillian DeKunder, Director of the Operating Participants Department congratulated The Patina Group on the restaurant, and thanked those involved in the renovation.
Frank Moreno, Vice President of Operations for The Patina Group, said they can’t wait for everyone to see the new decor and taste the food!
Two special surprise guests, Chef Mickey and Chef Goofy, appeared to help with the ribbon cutting ceremony!
Chef Goofy brought several kitchen tools, and decided the giant pizza cutter would be the best tool to cut the ribbon with.
The ribbon was pulled tight, and Frank Moreno had the honor of cutting, or more precisely, slicing, the ribbon!
On the count of 3 the slice was made as confetti burst into the air!
I spy Mickey in a flurry of confetti!
Everyone posed for a few quick photos outside the restaurant.
Then it was time to go in! Brittney was super excited and super hungry!
We were walked upstairs to the newly renovated 2nd floor, where it feels spacious and airy with sunlight dancing through the space. Live music filled the air and set the festive mood for the reception!
Let’s kick this party off with some bubbly!
Waiters and waitresses were walking around with trays of passed hors d'oeuvres.
There were lots of foods to sample and snack on!
Tray after tray of delicious food kept leaving the kitchen.
There was a huge assorted cheese platter.
All sorts of salads.
Pesto Pasta Salad.
Fresh Mozzarella Salad.
There were too many delicious things to try!
Brittney was impressed by this giant cheese wheel. It’s the size of an actual car wheel!
Chefs were making pizzas right in front of us.
Don’t those look AMAZING!?
Brittney pigged out on the Bruschetta.
They even made us vegans a cheese-less pizza so we could join in on the fun!
I wish I could have live music at every meal!
Out on the balcony you get a great view overlooking the promenade below.
The open-air design with heaters and fans above should make it comfortable to sit here no matter what the temperature is.
A fountain along the back wall provides ambiance and the sound of trickling water.
The chandeliers look like hundreds of fireflies hovering above you!
We enjoyed taking in all the little details. The pattern of the floor tiles is modern and striking.
Some of the art along the walls. The wine-holding hand is totally the TPR hand!
The candleholders on the tables are fancy as well!
We loved our table right along the windows. There’s beautiful lighting and it feels like you’re a bird perched above the hustle and bustle of all the people walking and shopping down below.
Dessert time! It’s a tough choice between the Fruit Tart and the Lemon Meringue Tart.
Maybe we’ll go with Cheesecake instead.
On second thought, let’s have 1 of each!
We covered the food. We covered the desserts. What’s left to cover? Oh yeah, the drinks! It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!
There’s an extensive wine list with something for every palate and every meal.
Red and White Sangria.
The Moscow Mule Flight was delicious, interesting, and photogenic. You get three unique, Italian-inspired mules: Sicilian, Naples, and Venetian. We totally recommend this! You can also get a Moscow Mule in a copper cup if that’s your thing. Or there’s a Sangria Flight for those who prefer fruited wines!
The Caramel Martini is bursting with creamy, caramel-y deliciousness!
As night began to fall and the drinks began to set in, the glow from the chandeliers became even more magical.
We went out on the patio to admire the sunset. The sky was bursting with color, as if it too was celebrating along with us.
Back inside, the room transitions beautifully to night.
The warm glow of the lights, the warm food in our bellies, and the warmth from the alcohol all add up to a cozy, wonderful way to spend an evening!
Order The Rocket if you want to have some fun mixing the drink yourself!
One more round because it’s our job to find you the best drinks on the menu, and it’s a job we take very seriously! From left to right we have The Apple Pie on the Rocks (LOVED this!), The Poinsettia with rosemary, and The Caribbean Hurricane. There are so many awesome drinks - Naples should definitely be on your list if you’re looking for drinks at The Resort!
On our way downstairs we decided to take the elevator.
There’s a cool photo mural on the back of the elevator.
Or if you take the stairs you can admire all the metal detailing.
Downstairs is the main dining room, with a fire-themed mosaic glass tile mural , infinity chandelier, three wood-burning pizza ovens, and lots of seating.
Outside on the ground floor, the downstairs patio is perhaps the most popular place to sit.
There’s an outdoor bar that glows from within.
And they can make pretty much any drink you can dream up.
Upstairs is more intimate, private, and cozy - a great date spot! The downstairs bar is more in the center of the action. It’d be a great place to hang out with friends or make new ones over some drinks!
We’ll end this report where your Naples adventure will begin, at the welcome desk! The friendly staff are waiting to find you a table!
We had an awesome time experiencing the newly renovated Naples Ristorante E Bar. From top to bottom, inside and out, the restaurant has been completely redesigned to bring delicious Italian food and drinks with modern flair to Downtown Disney.
Thanks to Naples for throwing such an awesome event and inviting us to attend, and thanks to you for checking out our report! The newly renovated Naples Ristorante E Bar is now open at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, so be sure to check it out on your next visit to The Disneyland Resort!
jedimaster1227 wrote:This looks like a fantastic update for Naples! I've not had the chance in my past visits to give this restaurant a try but based on your report, it might be something I plan on for my next trip!
And I, on the other hand, have not had a visit to Disneyland in the past few years WITHOUT having a meal at Naples! In fact, on my last visit we went TWICE!
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