Written by: Jon Haggins
Photos: Maybelle Webster
Entering Tony’s Di Napoli, the cooking permeated the air reminds diners of a Southern Italian kitchen. The restaurant is cozy and has a warm friendly staff. You feel as if you were going to dine at my Italian mother’s home…assuming you have one and even if you don’t. The restaurant serves classic “Family Style Italian” dishes.
The Wetanson’s have been in the restaurant business for four generations. Carl Wetanson, Greg’s grandfather opened his first restaurant during the 30’s. Greg inherited the business from his father Herb Wetanson. Greg’s son Stuart is part of the new generation of restaurateurs. Tony’s Di Napoli Restaurant has been in business for more than four and a half years.
“I feel it is necessary for families and friends to get together to spend quality time sharing a delicious meal. The food that we serve is inspired from Italian immigrates from the 1800’s. Back in the old days, the new immigrants spent quality time together drinking and eating,” Greg commented.
The restaurant features two dining rooms, one facing the street with large glass windows and the other enclosed. The walls in the main dining room are lined with photos of vintage cars. Herb was a race-car enthusiast who raced classic cars during in the 50’s.
The first item served was fresh, warm sesame bread that comes from the Sullivan Street Bakery, one of the best bakers in New York City.
Every dish is designed for three or four people. Most dishes can be ordered by half or full serving. We started with a full serving because our party was comprised of four. Beginning with stuffed mushrooms ($17), in a butter sauce with parsley. It was perfectly prepared. Followed by Mozzarella en Carrozza, with croton, arugula, and cherry tomatoes ($17). It was made fresh on the premises. The divine Shrimp Scampi ($27) prepared in a wine sauce with butter was fantastic. Let me not forget the thinly cut prosciutto and Burrata ($27). It was more than delicious.
Next, we chose a broiled salmon filet from the Seafood selection ($36), followed by a shrimp Francese ($36). The mixed seafood choice was a lobster Fra Diavolo in a marinara sauce over a bed of black linguini, combined with calamari and mussels ($49). To finish off our main course, we ordered veal chops in cognac cream complimented with roasted white potatoes ($60). The veal chop was generously portioned and augmented with thinly sliced onions. It was one of the best veal dishes I can remember. The dishes are colorful and delicious with generous servings for the entire family.
We shared several desserts such as: the bindi sorbets, a peach sorbet surrounded by a frozen peach and the coconut sorbet was sitting in a coconut shell. This was an original and exquisite presentation. We loved the mini cannolis and the very berry dessert. The chocolate mousse was amazing ($9). Wow! What a way to polish off our dinner.
This was a night to remember, surrounded by great friends and greater food. Tony Di Napoli Restaurant is perfect for any gathering of friends and family. It is a delightful dining experience.
Tony’s Di Napoli
1081 Third Avenue at 64th Street
New York City 10065