The Polpetini at Naples 45 is Tasty, But Way Too Small & Expensive
Naples 45, which was voted “Best Pizza” in this year’s Midtown Lunch Readers’ Poll, has entered the Midtown Lunch Sandwich Challenge with a “Polpetini” sandwich (which just means mini-meatballs). When I first posted about the sandwich last week, commenters remarked (correctly) that a meatball sub wasn’t exactly “sandwich challenge” material, but a deal is a deal. So last week, I went to check out this “polpetini”, thinking that this better be the best meatball sub ever if they want to impress the Midtown Lunch eating public…
Served in the take out section of the restaurant the polpetini are pre-made (understandable, but regrettable), and cost $8.95 (regrettable and not understandable.) So let’s quickly talk about the good (because I like to be positive)… the bread is really good, and the meatballs were pretty tasty. Mozzarella *and* provolone… fresh basil… Neapolitan meatballs (made with pine nuts, bread, herbs, and spices)… it’s all good. And there is no denying it is a tasty sandwich. But $9?!? For a 6″ long sandwich? With 4 mini meatballs!?! Dios mio man. That’s just not going to cut it… did they even see Lazzara’s fried calamari sandwich? Shit, even Lazzara’s normal meatball sandwich puts this to shame… and that’s just on their normal menu. This was supposed to be a sandwich “challenge”. Something new and exciting.
Don’t get me wrong, if you’re treating the Midtown Lunch Sandwich Challenge as a checklist, by all means get the sandwich once. It’s clearly made from quality ingredients, and there is no denying it tastes good. But unless they discount this thing after 2pm (ala their famous pizza specials) I don’t see myself heading back for a second.
Naples 45, 200 Park Ave. (on 45th btw. Park+Mad), 212-972-7000