please help ny foodie going to naples
Going to naples over christmas, love all types of food (adventerous eaters). Let us know your favorites! Thank you
Well, Naples is not exactly adventurous territory in culinary ways or otherwise...heh! But, you'll find excellent fresh fish dishes at USS Nemo's on Tamiami Trail North (U.S. 41) and how could I overlook Truluck's on 5th Avenue South for the stone crab claws, a real treat...nice Persian restaurant called "Bha Bha!" on Vanderbilt Beach Road in North Naples...excellent Cuban at Havana's at corner of Airport Road and Immokalee Road and another very good one is Fernandez de Bull on Airport Road South. Have not been there yet but have heard stellar comments about Escargot 41 on Tamiami Trail North. Sorry, I just cannot in good faith recommend any Italian or Chinese restaurants in Naples to someone from NY!
I agree with Val's recommendations however I would suggest Campiello for Italian. I just ate there last week and dinner was delicious. It's not your standard Italian American menu and they have a wood burning oven. Reserve immediately, if not sooner.
I would also recommend Chops. It's a hip atmosphere with excellent fusion cooking. I particularly like the grouper, which of course is our local fish.
Bleu Provence has good French bistro, but of course you can have that in NY.
For lunch, try Grouper & Chips for the best fried grouper.
I am a big fan of Campiellos (Italian) but we have only had lunch there but its always been very good. Handsome Harry's is also a favorite and the chef is really creative.
Don't forget Chrissy's (in Bayfront - not wildside on Pine Ridge) for breakfast or lunch. You WILL get a seat at Bayfront, whereas the other is generally too crowded. Any of the specials are supurb!
There is an off-the-beaten-track restaurant in Naples called The Real Macaw. Carribean-themed food, some caged birds as decor on the outskirts, somewhat hard to find the first time -- make sure you have good directions and bring a cell phone. Used to be cash only, but by no means inexpensive. Wonderful hot cornbready madeleines to start -- I'm blanking on what they call them... Good food, some of it spicy if asked. Definitely unique, not at all like all the other places along 5th with more hoity-toity atmosphere that imitate places you can go to in NYC.
Kids will love the macaws! I think there are 2 or 3 there and the owner regularly brings them around if anyone wants to hold them. It is not cash only anymore and their Kobe mini-burgers are good. It is one of the few places you can get sweet potato fries. I have only eaten from the bar menu but I think the apps are great.
Caution on going on Sunday nights. Not for the timid (or children).