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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

April 2009


Hot Dish: April 29, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene.   Vivi Ristorante Brightens Naples’ Coastland Center   Vivi Ristorante, nestled between Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Macy’s at Coastland Center, is the newest Italian restaurant in town. With lunches from $5 to $13.50, and more than 50 dinner items from $5 to $23, this truly is, as co-owner Miguel Sacal calls it, “primarily a neighborhood restaurant for year-round people, serving great food at reasonable prices.”   Vivi Ristorante at Coastland Center   The casually upscale setting is open, with an outside patio that seats 20 and ample room inside for 190 people. The décor is elegantly simple, with tall ceilings, tile floors and a comfortable bar area. The wait staff is dapper in black pants, long white...

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Hot Dish: April 15, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene. New Kid on the Block is Tops in Pizza Café Alessio Chef /owner Joe Mannino has guts. Who else would open an Italian restaurant in Naples, just a few calzone tosses from Noodles Italian Café & Sushi Bar and Dino’s, each already offering great Italian food and live entertainment on weekends? Well, Joe’s gutsiness and his tasty food have paid off—Alessio’s is standing room only on weekend nights.  The broad selection of more than 70 salads, sandwiches, pasta and seafood dishes is good, ranging from $4 to $25. However we, and many regulars, especially rave about their wood-burning-style pizzas! We had the 12-inch pesto and shrimp pizza ($17), with fresh tomato, pesto sauce, shrimp and lots of mozzarella, with a thin crisp...

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