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NAPLES, Italy — They’re thick, juicy, moist, tender and mouth-wateringly scrumptious.

We’re talking steaks of course.

Steak houses aren’t all that easy to find in the Naples area, apparently restaurateurs have left the tradition of an inch-thick slab of meat to the north neighbors in Tuscany, famous for the bistecca alla Fiorentina.

But there’s a surprise in the Vomero section of Naples, a small restaurant and fantastic steak house — aptly named Steak House — where diners order platters of beef, lamb, sausages and more kept deliciously warm on center-table Bunsen burners.

Patrons sit down to a pre-selected array of appetizers, or antipasti, which include dishes of ham, ricotta cheese, mozzarella di bufala, baked beans, bread, potatoes and mushrooms.

And then servers deliver a huge wheel of Parmesan cheese, from which the core of the wheel is carved out but contains chunks of the delectable cheese for nibbling.

Patrons then do what you really came to do at Steak House — order some steak.

“This is the perfect place to come if you’re really, really hungry,” repeat customer Abe Tawfik said during a recent Friday night out. “You get this great food, appetizers, and then top it off with an exquisite steak.”

“I haven’t even tasted it and I already know I like it,” added Shaun Knittel as the server settled a platter of still-sizzling steak and lamb chops in the center of the dining table.

Grilled meat options include steak, tenderloin, chicken, pork chops, lamb, turkey thighs and sausages.

Platters too include home-cut French fries and a complement of vegetables in season — such as seasoned carrots, artichoke and zucchini. On a recent winter evening, the platter included roasted chestnuts.

The restaurant isn’t for the cheap — and prices can vary greatly depending on what customers order. A good rule is to expect to pay roughly 25 euro to 30 euro per person, wine included.

The quaint restaurant is characteristically Italian, with shelves of wines, hanging hams and cheeses. Display cases of foods start the diners’ experiences and the sweets and desserts end it.

See previous After Hours reviews here.

Steak House

Prices: Prices vary greatly depending on what you order. A good rule is to expect to pay 25 euro to 30 euro per person.

Specialities: Traditional appetizers, steak, lamb, sausage, pork chops, chicken, turkey thighs, desserts.

Dress: Come as you are, but keep in mind it’s a restaurant.

Clientele: Mostly Italians.

Location: Piazzetta Aniello Falcone, No. 2-3, Vomero-Napoli. Hours: Closed Monday. Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, from 1 p.m. to roughly 3:30 p.m.

Telephone: 081-578-2306

Web site: (There is an English option.)


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