Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group this week showed off a new look at its Downtown Disney District restaurants in Anaheim, Calif. Naples Ristorante e Bar and Napolini Pizzeria held a grand reopening ceremony to celebrate their highly-anticipated renovations.
“I am delighted to welcome everyone to the new, refreshed Naples and Napolini, with a new design intended to evoke the coastline of the Bay of Naples, Capri and Positano,” said Nick Valenti, a longtime executive of Patina Restaurant Group. “I originally created the Naples concept to showcase the cooking of my native Southern Italy.”
Chef Umberto Rubelli, a native of Milan, debuted several of Naples Ristorante’s new menu items at the event, including a variety of fresh seafood. New design elements at the restaurant include a mural of photographs by Naples photographer Mimmo Fontanella, a large “infinite loop” lighting fixture, a fire-themed mosaic glass tile above a trio of new wood-burning pizza ovens and an expanded outdoor patio with a new outside bar and fountain wall.
Napolini’s transformation was described by the Los Angeles Daily News as “Euro and contemporary.” Pizzaiolo Charlie Restivo was also on-hand to show off the quick-serve restaurant’s new build-your-own pizza menu.
PHOTO CAPTION: “Chef Goofy” and “Chef Mickey” joined, from left to right, Downtown Disney District Operating Participant Director Jillian DeKunder, Downtown Disney District General Manger Brent Davies and Patina Restaurant Group Vice President of Operations Frank Moreno.