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June 13, 2010

Guide to dining in Naples, Florida

3 Favorite Restaurants in Naples, Florida

While out dining keep a look-out for these famous Naples residents, Larry Bird (American NBA basketball player), Steven Spielberg (American film director, producer and screenwriter), Judge Judy (Judy Sheindlin, television personality), Robert Ludlum (author of 21 thriller novels) and Mike Ditka (American NFL football player. One of these three great restaurants could be their favorites too.

Riverwalk Fish and Ale House

801 12th Ave S

Naples, Florida

239-261-4191

Considered to be the best seafood restaurant in Naples, it’s located in “Tin City,” a name given to the waterfront marketplace. It offers waterfront dining for lunch and dinner as well as a late afternoon “raw bar.” You’ll enjoy the indoor decor of planked floors, old photos and ship artifacts. Have a delicious lunch and enjoy walking and shopping in Old Naples.

Riverwalk offers a large selection of salads including gulf shrimp, jerk seared salmon and blackened yellow finned tuna. The dish you won’t want to miss is Riverwalk Jumbalaya. It’s filled with shrimp, scallops, crawfish, mussels, grouper, ham and andouille sausage it’s truly at the top of the “gulf” cuisine. Open 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, except Friday and Saturday, 11:00 to Midnight.

Caffe dell’Amore

1400 Gulf Shore Blvd

Naples, Florida

239-261-1389

With a name like Naples, the town is actually named after Naples, Italy, you couldn’t leave the area without trying the best Italian restaurant in the area. This 14 table authentic Italian restaurant with a menu of fresh, locally grown vegetables and imported Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Tuscan extra virgin olive oil, Italian meats and cheese flown in daily. The couple that own and run this restaurant are from Italy. This restaurant was voted the “most beautiful dining room in Florida.” A patron remarked, “I’m from Italy, so I know a real Italian kitchen. Where I feel most at home when in Naples is Caffe dell’Amore it reminds me of Caffe Florian in my hometown of Venice.” She suggests the Lasagna alla Bolognese as the best she’s ever tasted.

A party room and outdoor seating are offered and is open seven days a week for dinner, lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am and Sunday Brunch from 9:30 am.

Sweet Caroline’s

11121 Health Park Blvd #300

Naples, Florida

239-592-1111

With a motto like “It’s all about the ingredients,” you know Sweet Caroline’s uses only the freshest, best quality food to make it’s dishes. This is both a bakery and sandwich shop run by the owners. You’ll find healthy sandwiches and salads, sugar free and fat free baked goods as well to keep you on the straight and narrow during your vacation. But, you can also be indulgent with yourself by trying one of the many freshly baked cookies, or one of the thirty different types of muffins.

This is one of those eateries that you might otherwise miss in a town such as Naples full of restaurants. It’s a wonderful choice for grabbing a box lunch and heading for the boat or the beach for the day. This is a local’s secret that visitors won’t want to miss.

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