December 17, 2014

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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

11/15/11

Rosedale Brick Oven Pizzeria and Falafel Grill offer up two different tastes of the Mediterranean

To me, the best thin crust pizza around is at Naples’ Rosedale Brick Oven Pizzeria. Just as any true pizza made in Naples, Italy, when I ordered a sausage and spinach pizza, the ball of dough was ably tossed to become a flat disc, topped with the freshest of ingredients, wood-fired-brick-oven baked and hot on my plate a few minutes later. “ Owners Joe Arato and  Joe Gonnelly brought their love of pizza, pasta and other Italian specialties to Naples. They opened in April and have been busy since. There’s a baker’s dozen of great pizza combos, and you can mix and match.  It’s an attractive restaurant, great for bringing friends or family for lunch or dinner. A choice of varied pastas come with sauces like amatriciana, alla vodka and roasted red pepper.  Have a...

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10/20/11

Simply Southern BBQ is Simply Delicious

Simply Southern BBQ just may have the most tender, juicy and delicious St Louis-style barbecue smoked ribs in Southwest Florida. It’s that simple. Owner/operator/chef Mikkel Brinson was born and raised in Naples, at the house just across the pond from the back of the restaurant. As a youngster, he learned BBQ from his father, and making the most luscious sweet potato pie and other treats from his mother before becoming a recognized caterer and private chef to several Naples families. Dine in at several tables or the couch, or take it home. Chef Brinson crafts the most succulent smoked ribs from his backyard behemoth of a smoker.  The brisket is very good, tender with a great rub, and the pulled pork and cole slaw hold their own quite nicely. There’s also smoked...

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10/12/11

Dolce & Salato brings delicious Italian specialties to Naples

Dolce & Salato is the new hotspot for top Italian and French pastries and cakes for desserts. These are the perfect treats to share with friends. It’s also a great spot for top quality imported Italian meats, cheeses, olive oils, tomato pastes and wines, at all price points. Located on Third Street, just off the west end of Fifth Avenue South next to Bice Ristorante, it’s a welcoming spot for dining in for brunch, lunch or an early dinner. All sandwiches are served on imported French baguettes. The baby spinach salad with goat cheese, red beets and walnuts in balsamic glaze dressing is refreshing. A refreshing offering is the prosciutto cotto, Brie, apples, spinach and honey mustard sandwich for $12.95, it’s enough for two.     Co-owners Agostino Nastasi and...

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10/05/11

Seasons 52 brings fresh, healthy cuisine to Naples

Guests at a sneak preview meal at Seasons 52. You’re in for something special as you walk past the tall paired stone columns and enter the welcoming warmth of Seasons 52. I’m here to tell you that Seasons 52 has it all, with attentive, friendly staff Executive Chef Nic Hartzer’s refreshingly tasty cuisine.   The front dining room looks over an idyllic cypress strand that separates it from The Capital Grille, its elegant sister restaurant. Whether in the attractive bar, main dining room or three additional dining rooms, all seats have a great view. The food is organic when possible, and the freshness evident in every bite. Dishes never top 475 calories with some quite less. The portions are fine and filling, whether it’s the seared cedar-planked organic salmon,...

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09/16/11

Agave brings Southwestern cuisine to Southwest Florida

“I could fall in love with this restaurant” a guest explained as she basked in the welcoming ambiance of Agave the beautifully crafted, hot new dining spot on Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples. Its elegantly bold décor with earthy yellow, orange and green Southwestern colors, stone walls , hand-hewn soffits and hundreds of live cacti and succulent plants create both an upscale and homey feel. Don and Angela Smith, creators of Bonita Springs’ lovely Angelina’s Ristorante, have now given Naples its own unique gem. Every detail has been artistically addressed from the handsomely clothed, friendly and attentive servers to the one-of-a-kind art on the walls. Savor one of more than 150 top tequilas. Splurge on a shot of  Cuestión Anejo or 1800 Colección at your table or...

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