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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

September 2011

09/16/11

Agave brings Southwestern cuisine to Southwest Florida

“I could fall in love with this restaurant” a guest explained as she basked in the welcoming ambiance of Agave the beautifully crafted, hot new dining spot on Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples. Its elegantly bold décor with earthy yellow, orange and green Southwestern colors, stone walls , hand-hewn soffits and hundreds of live cacti and succulent plants create both an upscale and homey feel. Don and Angela Smith, creators of Bonita Springs’ lovely Angelina’s Ristorante, have now given Naples its own unique gem. Every detail has been artistically addressed from the handsomely clothed, friendly and attentive servers to the one-of-a-kind art on the walls. Savor one of more than 150 top tequilas. Splurge on a shot of  Cuestión Anejo or 1800 Colección at your table or...

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09/01/11

Bratta’s Piano Bar plays us a tune, Ridgway Bar & Grill’s BOGO rocks

Bratta’s Piano Bar & Ristorante in Fort Myers is my kind of spot for reasonably priced dining and wonderful evenings of great jazz, acoustic guitar and more. Date night or any night, this musical treasure hosts top local talents.  Proprietor Michael Bratta upgraded what was formerly Bennigan’s, then Biddle’s Piano Bar on US 41, bringing in new creations and classic Italian dishes.   Come by for daily happy hour, and savor good-sized portions of great dishes like macadamia nut grouper, petit filet Napoleon, chicken Vesuvio, baked ziti and seafood Wellington.  12984 South Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, 204-2020, brattasristorante.com     Naples’ Ridgway Bar & Grill has long been a popular dining destination. I like dining in the white wicker chairs...

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