Hot Dish: Jan. 27, 2010
Cape Cod’s Finest Cuisine Comes to Naples
Bert’s Seafood & Chowder House replaced Corks on Fifth and features a relaxed, casual, fun ambiance that feels like it’s been on Naples’ Fifth Avenue South for years. The long, welcoming teak bar is the spot for drinks as well as appetizers. Savor the luscious, tender fried whole belly clams ($10) or seared sea scallop sliders.
Bert's Seafood & Chowder House.
Jim Hammar and Tom Shields at Bert's.
"Lazyman's" lobster casserole at Bert's.
Meet Chef Emeril Lagasse at Macy's
Chef Emeril Lagasse will give a live cooking demonstration and sign books at the Macy’s in Naples' Coastland Center tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 28) at 11:30 a.m.
Emeril, the well-know TV celebrity, is chef/proprietor of 13 restaurants including Emeril’s Orlando and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at Universal Orlando, and Emeril’s Miami Beach at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This is a great opportunity to see him live and experience BAM! in person. I've met him, and he's fun to talk with.
Emeril will give a cooking demonstration and sign the copies of his latest cookbook, Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast, which can be purchased at Macy’s. The first 60 shoppers who purchase $75 or more of Emerilware cookware or kitchen electronics the day of the event will receive a free Emeril stainless 1-quart open saucier. Call 434-1312 to reserve a ticket for the event. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Macy’s Second Floor Home Department in Coastland Center, 1800 Ninth St., Naples.
The Fine Art of European Dining
Rudi’s European Cuisine opened Jan. 8 at the former site of Mr. G’s, and Café in the Park. Rudi’s cuisine is hearty comfort food that’s very robust and tasty. Portions are generous, prices are attractive, and the quality exceeds the German and European flavors served years ago when The Heidelberg Restaurant was at the same site.
Rudi's European Cuisine.
The elegant dining room evokes a European ambiance, with appropriately subdued lighting and van Gogh paintings on the walls. The cuisine of Rudolf and son Tobias Fers is artfully presented. Entrée prices are generally $14-$19.
Rudi's dining room.
I enjoy the “Gypsy” and the “Hunter style” schnitzels, and the salmon lasagna with béchamel sauce is a hit. Grilled grouper and trout fillet with Hollandaise sauce are both sure to please.
Rudi's grilled grouper.
Settle back with Nespresso and a classic apple strudel, and you’ll have had a “wunderbar” European evening in Naples! Rudi’s European Cuisine, 10711 Tamiami Trail N., 325-8755.
Outdoor dining at Alice Sweetwater's.
My “must have” list includes the fresh grouper and chips ($15), the lobster BLT’s grilled 5-ounce lobster tail ($15) and the fresh fish tacos ($12). Where else can you get a grilled grouper Reuben, with 6-ounce grouper filet, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut for only $15?
Oysters Rockafeller at Alice Sweetwater's.
Alice Sweetwater’s Too, 5939 Pine Ridge Road, 352-6000.
Carol and Tony Losacco, Annie Prizzi and Kurt Hummel at Tony C's Place.
Tony C’s Placeadvocates a “taste before you buy” philosophy and will offering free food tastings throughout the day Friday, with drawings to win $50 gift cards. Purchases and donations will benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Desserts at Tony C's.
The market area features hard-to-find items selected from New York, Chicago and Italy, sure to please any foodie. Sample ever-changing dishes while dining in the warm café, with deli take-out, or during cooking classes and demonstrations. Tony C’s Place, 842 Neapolitan Way, 331-8056.
The new location seats a total of 300 people yet maintains a comfortable ambiance for lunch and dinner. The full Italian menu adds new dishes each week. A chef prepares some desserts tableside for your dining pleasure. Café Italia, 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 1100, Naples, 596-5600.