Last week when in Los Cristianos I noticed what I thought was a new Italian restaurant. Once home I messaged, the gang and said this looks, lovely we should give it a try. We then found out it had been in one of the small streets in Los Cristianos but because it needed more space moved to the corner opposite my favourite coffee house Mestizo. We also learnt that it had been voted number 37 in the best Pizzerias in Europe. Immediately that made it sound good but expensive but what the heck you only live once.
I message the restaurant on Facebook and got a quick reply, then a short time later had to re-message to change the time. The reply came back just as quickly no problemo.
We were really looking forward to it until someone posted on Tenerife 4 All, the Facebook page I help run, that they had walked out before even eating because the staff were exceptionally rude. This was a bit disconcerting but we didn’t let it put a damper on our enthusiasm as the only way to make a true decision on whether a place is good or not is to experience it for yourself.
Four of us went last night to the Oro di Napoli. We parked in the underground car park directly opposite and Jim and I arrived first. There were a few tables with people sitting at them and a couple inside. We were met by a waiter who told us they were going to be busy so had we reserved and after given my name he showed us to our table. I said our friends may be a little late but that was not a problem, (our waiter and I think the owner, Giovanni) said the table is yours and his eyes twinkled in that special way that Italian men have when speaking to a woman whether she is young or old that makes her feel special.
While waiting I took a couple of photos of the inside and a check of the toilets (always important)
After 10 minutes Larry and Olga arrived and we ordered our drinks, a couple of beers, a couple of soft drinks and then we checked the menu.
Having seen the size of the pizzas being served we decided they were huge so didn´t bother with starters and ordered two to share and a salad. We went for two Diavola which were spicy but then said can half of one of those be vegetarian. The reply was, of course, one full, then one half and half plus a full salad but no tuna. I have to admit then when we go out to eat we are not the easiest of customers we always want something a little different to what is on offer. But the restaurant was happy to accommodate. When the food arrived it looked lovely. Neither myself nor Olga are big pizza lovers but these were the real thing, light and rich in genuine flavours, which sent me to the only place I genuinely enjoyed pizza – I was taken back in time to Ravello, (long before the tourists found it) and the little shop where you would knock on the shutters for the window to be opened so you could place your order.
The salad was huge especially as Jim doesn´t eat ‘rabbit food’ and the accompaniments were zingy, having the addition of chilli oil, balsamic vinegar and virgin olive oil.
We needed a break and the staff were happy for us just to sit and chill until we finally asked for the pudding menu. We went for a choice of three, with four spoons. The Baba which we Brits know as Rum Baba and Olga had never had before, the cheesecake with pistachio and Nutella was just awesome and the tiramisu was out of this world. One of those dishes where if you were at home you would lick the bowl clean.
Throughout the evening people were queuing up to try and get a seat, (of course the tourists are back and don’t realise they need to make a reservation) but at no time did we feel rushed, the staff were professional and friendly and made us feel very comfortable.
This is one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to, a great addition to the Los Cristianos. Simple, honest Italian fare done well – with fresh ingredients and great service what more could you want? Oh yes, the bill. When we finally asked for the bill they said cash or card. My reply was a quick depends on how much it is. What we had eaten we guessed would be super expensive because everything was top quality. Then it arrived, we all did a double-take €52.50 surely they had made a mistake, missed something, but no, it was correct. It has got to be the cheapest meal we have had for four people in many a long year.
We all agreed it wasn´t just a good night it was exceptional, there was a holiday atmosphere in the air, Los Cristianos had, if not frantic a definite buzz about it, and we agreed that we would be coming back to Oro di Napoli in a couple of weeks. I just hope that word doesn´t get around and it is impossible to get a seat.