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Partenope Ristorante Top 100

It’s hard to argue with the Neapolitan pizza-making prowess of Dino Santonicola, the Naples-born chef who opened Partenope after years at the popular Cane Rosso chain. His pizza crusts have a sourdough-type flavor, which underpins any combination of toppings. But Partenope is a well-rounded Italian restaurant that also has terrific made-from-scratch pastas, unusually interesting salads and more. During the pandemic, which took away the downtown office lunch crowds, Partenope began selling monster-sized sandwiches, too, using extraordinary pillowy loaves of bread made in-house. The bread is our favorite part, to be honest, but if you want a spicy sandwich — truly spicy, not just a bit of flavor — grab the Super Jeff, with hot soppressata and a mayo that’s spiked with Calabrian chile peppers.

Top pick: We love the attention paid to veggie sides and starters here, like crispy Brussels sprouts and eggplant stewed in a super-thick, hearty tomato sauce. Partenope is also a good spot to bring spicy food lovers: Aside from the Super Jeff, it also has delicious, pepper-laced spaghetti allo scarpariello and penne alla amatriciana.

Fun fact: Curbside pickup at Partenope — with a city-designated pickup spot to park and easy instructions — is a breeze, making this a great takeout destination.
Margherita pizza at Partenope
Alison McLean
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4:30-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 3:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: Recommended
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