Tucked away at Town & Country Crossing is Napoli2, the sister restaurant of Clayton's Cafe Napoli and Bar Napoli. I started with the Stack Salad ($10), a tower of sliced heirloom tomatoes topped with a thinly sliced piece of flash fried eggplant, buffalo mozzarella and a mix of basil and and roasted bell peppers. The Caprese salad is already a perfected classic, fried things are delicious, so logically adding fried eggplant does it no harm. This salad screams out "summer is here!", or at least on its way.
As enjoyable as the salad was, I couldn't help but be jealous of the Calamari Fritti ($8) someone else at the table ordered. Fried calamari and Napoli's sweet and simple tomato sauce is a winning combination. Sigh, the things I do to keep this Michael Phelps-like physique.
Napoli2 always has a few nightly specials, usually a mix of scallops, fish and veal chops the size of Tyrion Lannister. The first fish special of the night was a lightly breaded swordfish with a quinoa primavera and lemon caper sauce. Aside from looking pretty, it tasted good. Swordfish, like tuna, has a tendency to get tough and dry easily, so I rarely order it. Lucky for me, my dad did. The fish had a distinctly Mediterranean taste with its lemon caper sauce and remained moist throughout. A good dish, for sure.
Ahh, the Calamari Capri. This fiery calamari dish used to grace the menu, but now is an off-menu secret item. It's like the Animal Style In-N-Out burger. The squid is cooked in a robust tomato sauce with a serious chili kick with a few capers strewn about. It's a simple dish, but I love it.
Another fish special for the evening was the potato-encrusted Chilean sea bass over freshly made asparagus risotto and a Moscato beurre blanc. This was my choice of entree and I think it was the winner of the evening. The sea bass had that remarkably buttery texture and flavor that its known for, made more prominent by the light crust. The asparagus risotto tasted just like you'd expect a creamy, fresh risotto to taste and the moscato beurre blanc added a slightly sweet note to the dish.
There are only a few upscale restaurants in the Chesterfield/Town and Country area, with Napoli2 being one of them. If you're in the area, I plead with you to pick Napoli2 over Cooper's Hawk. The specials are a bit pricey, but the standard menu items are not. Service is always fantastic, and our waiter for the evening, Joe, is particularly good. It's well worth a try if you've yet to go.
Update: I've since gone back a few times and had subpar food at increased prices (including a new a la carte set up). Napoli2 is no longer in my family's rotation of restaurants.
Town and Country, MO 63017