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Naples Waterfront

Hands down, Gumbo Limbo at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort

Week Long Naples Trip

Salesgirl19,

Unfortunately, cannot help with Tampa or St. Pete but as I live in Naples hopefully I can lend a hand. In my opinion the two best restaurants in Naples are Osteria Tulia and Mereday's Fine Dining so do not miss these. As we are entering our busy season reservations (particularly at Tulia) is a smart move.

La Moraga (tapas) is also excellent as well as USS Nemo but I do favor the former over the later. Also, a perennial favorite is Chops in Naples. It has been around a long time but it is still a favorite. There is a Chops in Bonita Springs which is not as good.

I know you said no chains but Roy's in Bonita Springs is consistently very good. There is a Roy's in Naples but the food is not as good as the Bonita location.

One of the nicest venues for lunch on the beach is Gumbo Limbo at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort. It is right on the beach and is an excellent choice. There is a second Ritz in Naples but it is a golf resort. You want the Ritz on the beach. Also, if you want to part with a chunk of your money, the Grill Room at the Ritz Beach Resort is over the top.

As far as breakfast goes Grain de Cafe in the Pelican Bay area is very good as well as the Trail Cafe in North Naples.

BTW-Naples has an excellent zoo that your daughter may enjoy. Hope you enjoy visiting Naples!

Nov 05, 2014
SBHjunkie in Florida

Capri & Positano

Really enjoyed Mamma but felt the room was way too bright. Da Giorgio and Aurora are still our favorites. We will be on Capri in a month and plan to dine at Mamma again.

Jun 06, 2014
SBHjunkie in Italy

Capri & Positano

Flowergirl you will be traveling to our favorite place on earth! My wife & I have spent much more time on Capri than Positano but I can recommend restaurants for both locations. Often the best are not necessarily super formal or fancy but the best in Positano are more formal than on Capri (in my opinion). In Positano consider La Sponda at the Sirenuse hotel or Zass at Il San Pietro. Also consider Max in Positano. I would like to point out that one of the nicest nights we had in Positano was spend at Champagne & Oyster bar at Sirenuse.. We had a bunch of cold martini's, crudo and oysters. Heaven.

On capri we like Da Giorgio for the best linguini with white clam sauce and fresh fish. Not fancy but just great food. Also Aurora, Mamma, Da Paolino, L'altro Vissani are our favorites. The restaurant at the Capri Palace hotel in Anacapri is very special but quite expensive and formal.

On Capri you must visit a beach club one day. Il Riccio is our favorite. It's near the blue grotto.

Hope this helps and you enjoy yourself.

Jun 03, 2014
SBHjunkie in Italy

La Moraga Naples

Andy - we enjoyed La Moraga a few nights ago and I could not agree more. The pork rolls with red peppers were excellent. Bread pudding for dessert light and delicious. We are lucky they came to Naples. Apparently the owners have family in Naples and they knew the town and regarded it as a great place to raise their children.

May 25, 2014
SBHjunkie in Florida

Naples: where best to buy beef, fish, and cheap(ish) decent restos

Markets - the best for beef is Jimmy P's near Coastland Center Mall. Best for fish is Swan River. Whole Foods has a very good fish selection but cannot meet Swan River's standards.

As far as affordable restaurants go check websites of Bravo, Brio, AZN, Bricktop's, Fernandez the Bull (cuban) for selection and price. Enjoy.

Jan 28, 2014
SBHjunkie in Florida

Naples, FL - Restaurant Recos?

Tulia and Mereday's are not to be missed. USS Nemo, Bleu Provence, Cote d"Azur, Bayhouse, Gumbo Limbo (at the Ritz Carlton Beach resort), Chops (on 5th Ave.), the Grill Room (also at the Ritz Beach resort) & Capital Grill are all very good. Hope they enjoy themselves.

Dec 16, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Christmas Day in Naples

Likely many restaurants will be closed. Capital grill may be open. Also you can try other hotel restaurants like La Playa. The food there is generally good and the venue (right on the beach) is very nice,

Dec 02, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Choice between Meredays and Osteria Tulia-Naples?

Tulia & Mereday's are the stars. Agree, completely different. FYI-if you eat in the bar area at Mereday's you have total flexibility with the menu and are not restricted to a specific number of courses or specific courses in general. You need to choose between authentic Italian (Tulia is not a "red sauce joint") vs a more contemporary one. All due respect to your choices but I live in Naples and I would default to Mereday's and Tulia and drop Cafe Lurcat as it is not in their league. Enjoy your trip!

Nov 06, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Foodie hotspots Naples and Bonita

Totally agree. Actually headed there for dinner tonight. I like the way the menu is set up.

Oct 24, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Foodie hotspots Naples and Bonita

Nosh totally agree with your recs for Bonita Springs but Wyld's and Table Apart are not in my opinion in the same league as Bleu Provence, Maraday's and Tulia

Oct 19, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Foodie hotspots Naples and Bonita

Not much in Bonita except Roy's. Angelina's is way over-rated. In Naples selections are much better. Going in order from North Naples to South - Bay House, Cote D'Azur, USS Nemo, Grill Room at Ritz Carlton, Bleu Provence, Maraday's, and my personal (hands down favorite) Osteria Tulia. Campiello's, Sea Salt & Barbatella are way over-rated for the quality of food and service you get. Enjoy!

Oct 18, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Naples for the weekend down from Tampa.

Appreciate your comments about Bleu Provence but the kitchen does has versatility to prepare lighter fare upon request. I usually have Moules-Fittes (off the menu) or grilled fish. Their wine list is excellent and Jacques or his son know it very well.

As far as Barbatella goes my feeling is that it suffers from the same gross inconsistencies as it's sister restaurant Sea Salt suffers from. Chef Fabrizio (the owner) is an excellent chef but if he is not in the kitchen the food really suffers. Sadly, the service at each restaurant is very slow. Given the price point not worth the $$$ in my opinion.

Aug 15, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Naples for the weekend down from Tampa.

I have the distinct pleasure of living in Naples. Looking at all the comments I offer the following. The Ritz on the beach is currently closed for renovations until late October. The only restaurant open there is Gumbo Limbo on the beach but I understand you must enter by walking south from the beach entrance on Vanderbilt beach Road.

Tulia is closed until Monday, 19 August as staff is on vacation. Campiello was a great place until Vincenzo (the owner of Tulia) left. Had lunch at Campiello 3 weeks ago and it was fair at best.

In north Naples best choices are the Capital Grill, Cote D'Azur, AZN at the Mercato & the Bay House. Moving south USS Nemo is very good. In the Old Naples area our perennial favorites are Blue Provence, Chops City Grill & Pazzo in that order. If Tulia was open I would rank it as #1 in Naples.

Have a great trip

Aug 15, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Cooking classes in positano

My wife & I attended Mama Agata two years ago. Trust me it's worth it. First of all the setting is great and it is quite a long affair. The set up is meet on the terrace for wine & her lemon cake then observe and participate in making a multiple course meal in her kitchen. You will not leave hungry or disappointed. If I could site one negative it would be class size. As I recall we were probably 16 - 18 people.

Aug 07, 2013
SBHjunkie in Italy

Rome in September for my birthday - What's best for Sunday Night

We were in Roma last month. We really liked Renato & Luisa and have eaten at Enoteca Ferrara in the past and thought it was also very good. In days gone by we have enjoyed Circus at Hotel 47 so we tried on this trip. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. I would drop it from your list. Good luck.

Aug 07, 2013
SBHjunkie in Italy

Venice, Florence, Rome, Capri and Naples 2 weeks in Italy. Need help!

Just returned from Rome & Capri. We have hit the "big name" restaurants in Rome on previous trips so interested in hostarias and trattorias this time. We enjoyed Renato & Luisa and Hostaria da Pietro in Rome. Also (in Trastevere) Dar Peota for pizza. We wanted whole pie not by the slice.

On Capri we went "upmarket" which is very easy to do there. Da Giorgio is always our favorite. Tried Mamma (formerly Da Gemma) and liked it alot. Found L'Altro Vissani for crudo & sushi by accident. This was the big surprise and would go back in a second. Aurora has excellent food but unless you sit outside it is too crazy for me indoors. Lastly, treat for us was an afternoon at Il Riccio beach club. Reserve a few deck chairs as well as seats in restaurant. Desert room will take your breath away. Enjoy!

Jul 20, 2013
SBHjunkie in Italy

Rooftop in Rome

My family and I are arriving in Rome next week. I am looking for a suggestion of a rooftop location for a pre-dinner cocktail preferably near the Spanish Steps. My wife & I have been to the little bar area just to the left of the top of the Spanish Steps so we would like to try another location. Any hotels, possibly? Grazie.

Jun 24, 2013
SBHjunkie in Italy

Naples Area Recommendations for Honeymoon

Your comments are spot on in my opinion

Jun 21, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Ladies' lunch Naples on 5th?

Fifth Ave is not really a great lunch destination. Third Ave is better. Agree with Sea Salt as an option and worth considering is Campiello which is right across the street. My major gripe with Sea Salt is inconsistency. I have had great meals there and lousy meals there. I do not like feeling that a meal at those price points should be a roll of the dice.

Another consideration with a venue that is great is Gumbo Limbo at the Ritz beach resort. It is right on the beach. Rec. check menu online to see if it is what you are looking for. Enjoy!

Jun 21, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Naples Area Recommendations for Honeymoon

Also Bleu Provence is great

Jun 19, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Naples Area Recommendations for Honeymoon

If you are staying in Fiddlers Creek you are actually closer to Marco Island than Naples though Naples is only about 15 minutes away. Marco does not really have any great restaurants but if you want to go to the beach some day that is your best choice.

In Naples Fifth Ave. and Third Streets are most popular for dining. A must Is Osteria Tulia, my favorite. A perennial favorite is Chops City Grill. Both are on Fifth Ave. Campiello on Third Street is very popular with the locals but since Vincenzo their chef left to open Tulia I do not think it is as good. You will hear about Sea Salt & Barbitella but both places are way too inconsistent for me. Lastly, USS Nemo is excellent as well but it is the furthest from where you are staying. Congrats & enjoy. Naples is a fabulous town. I really like living here.

Jun 19, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Amalfi coast and Capri

Looks like an all star line up. Please report back regarding your impressions. Buon voyago.

Jun 07, 2013
SBHjunkie in Italy

Sushi in Naples

AZN at the Mercato

May 26, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Amalfi coast and Capri

Anyone ever been to La Conca del Sogno on the Sorrentine peninsula?

Apr 27, 2013
SBHjunkie in Italy

Naples

Make it easy on yourself. If you like Italian go to Tulia on Fifth Ave. Call ahead as you will need reservation.

Mar 18, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Naples

Tulia on 5th Ave. (Italian)

The Bay House (Southern) - bar menu better than restaurant

Nemo's (fusion)

Cote D'Azur (Mediterranean)

Bleu Provence (as above)

Feb 26, 2013
SBHjunkie in Florida

Amalfi coast and Capri

In Ravello been to Rossellini's and Cumpa Cosimo. For us the later was more fun, delicious and authentic. As far as Capri, Aurora and da Giorgio were the most enjoyable in terms of food and experience. We also like Max in Positano. Lastly, one of the best nights (in Positano) we ever had was at the raw bar at Le Sirenuse. The freshest fish (raw & cooked) along with some really cold martini's. Did not disappoint.

Feb 11, 2013
SBHjunkie in Italy

Rome restaurant rec

Spoke with native of Rome yesterday regarding rec. for upcoming trip. He suggested Osteria Del Sostegno. Anyone in "CHOW world" ever been there? Grazie.

Feb 11, 2013
SBHjunkie in Italy