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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

January 2009

01/28/09

Hot Dish: Jan. 28, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene   Napoli, Italy comes to Naples, Florida   MiraMare Ristorante is the newest finer dining spot in Southwest Florida. It sets the bar very high for any Italian restaurant, or any restaurant, for that matter. The food is delicious, and the location is to-die-for gorgeous, with a stunning view, day or night, of Naples Bay.   As I enjoyed my meal during this opening week, an Italian woman nearby said her tuna tartar salad tasted just as it did in Naples, Italy—how much better does it get? The cuisine is overall that of Northern Italy, with experienced Chef Giovanni Scamardella working his magic with a skilled and light touch with seafood and veal. This isn’t your Americanized pasta and meatball place. This is where you come to savor...

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01/14/09

Hot Dish: Jan. 14, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene. Happy New Year! Over the past year, there have been about as many restaurants opening as closing. It’s time to try the new spots’ fine cuisines. Here are two very good picks:   Aurelio’s Brings Thin Crust to Gulf Coast   Aurelio’s Pizza makes a great Chicago-style, thin-crust pizza, served for years at the Naples location on U.S. 41, and now at the second spot on Main Street in Gulf Coast Town Center. For years, I’ve considered Naples’ Aurelio’s to have one of the best thin-crust pizzas around in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Now, owners Jack Haberkorn and Jack Canna have added a winner to the other dining spots at this shopping center.   Aurelio's owners Jack Haberkorn and Jack Canna  The new Aurelio’s...

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01/05/09

Hot Dish: Dec. 24, 2008

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene   Naples Welcomes McCormick & Schmick’s Fresh Seafood Fare   McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant has opened with a splash at Naples’ Mercato. From the welcoming dark-wood-and-brass bar to the dining room’s semi-private booths, there’s a rich, old-fashioned charm, with tasteful use of woods, subdued Frank Lloyd Wright-style stained glass lighting and truly comfortable chairs. McCormick & Schmick's And talk about fresh—the menu changes twice a day as shipments arrive. There’s blackened snapper from Key West ($15), Idaho’s almond-encrusted mountain trout ($19), Prince Edward Island’s Malpeque oysters and prosciutto-wrapped sea scallops from Georges Bank, Mass. ($24). I flipped over Canada’s Bay of Fundy Atlantic...

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