October 29, 2018

Taste of Italy: Chefs of Napoli

1.2 min read| Published On: October 29th, 2018|

By James Combs

Taste of Italy: Chefs of Napoli

1.2 min read| Published On: October 29th, 2018|

Photo: Anthony Rao

Chefs of Napoli serves up authentic Italian food.


While working in the kitchen of a Wildwood restaurant, chef Salvatore Demenico makes occasional phone calls to his mom in Italy.
He might ask a question about an ingredient or how long something should bake.

“Growing up in Italy, I used to watch her cook nonstop in the kitchen, and that’s how I got my passion for food,” he says. “I call her because I want to make sure the food I’m serving is true Italian.” 

True Italian fare is what diners enjoy at Chefs of Napoli, located at 9811 N. U.S. Highway 301 in Wildwood. Salvatore’s delectable food combined with chic warm décor and an inviting atmosphere gives guests a memorable dining experience. 

For an appetizer, I wholeheartedly recommend the bastoncini di mozzarella. In English, that translates to breaded mozzarella sticks. What makes these better than most is the generous portion of ooey-gooey cheese that comes with each bite. 

I simply couldn’t resist the staple of Italian food in America: spaghetti and meatballs. However, this dish is unique because it comes with green and red peppers that waitress Kelly Duckett says are sautéed first then baked. The sauce was perfect; not too runny and not too thick, and the large meatball cut nicely into five pieces. 

There was just enough room in my bottomless pit of a stomach for the famous Italian dessert known as tiramisu. Let’s just say it tasted like heaven. Well, to be more specific, it tasted like a combination of coffee, chocolate, and whipped cream. That was truly a great way to end a fabulous meal. 

They say moms give the best advice. Based on Salvatore’s culinary skills, it’s hard to argue with that.

About the Author: James Combs

James Combs was a pillar of Akers Media Group since its inception in 2008. Over the years, he had the honor of interviewing Lake & Sumter County's most fascinating personalities, from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans, bringing their incredible stories to life. Throughout his career, James earned over 50 awards for writing excellence, a testament to his talent and dedication. In 2021, he was inducted into the Akers Media Group Hall of Fame. Sadly, James passed away in 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of storytelling and excellence continues to inspire us all.

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