Fora in Naples
Fora's a terrific choice for an intimate special-event dinner ... a wedding anniversary, birthday, anything of the sort. My husband and I celebrated anniversary #19 there last night, and truly enjoyed our choices. I chose this appetizer of an ahi tuna tower -- ahi, avocado, mango, topped with blood orange vinaigrette and cilantro, with artfully placed dollops of wasabi and soy-ginger sauce. At $9, it's a surprisingly decent deal, given the obvious craftwork and care put into its assembly.
The BYOB night freed us to take along a bottle of the '98 Calera Pinot Noir we'd had waiting. Far too tannic, rough, unbalanced, and fruitbomb-ish for us when we had a bottle of the juice for our 15th, it evolved as a gorgeous, velvety beauty brimming with black cherries, stewed prunes, ginger, pepper, smoke, and soft earth.
The main courses, you ask? Wonderful. Thirty dollars get you a savory piece of roast tenderloin topped with Maytag bleu cheese and a caramelized shallot demiglace. Simple but elegant are the sides, perfect al dente green beens and silky mashed Yukon Gold potatoes oozing garlic and butter.(Yes, the potatoes are topped by a single baked potato chip with a piece of Italian parsley baked into it. Cool, huh?)
My better half also opted for beef, choosing the $25 USDA prime flat-iron steak. Cooked perfectly to his taste -- medium to medium-well -- it's accompanied by a side of creamy polenta and spinach.
No way did we pass on dessert ... not when we learned that a dark chocolate pots de creme was on the menu!.
The entire repast was $83 and change, before a tip ... which my BH correctly offered 20 percent, as the service is everything you'd want it to be: gentle, helpful, considerate, warm, with each of our three courses ideally timed.
What else can I say? Call for a reservation, and enjoy: [url]http://www.fora-naples.com[/url].