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Southwest Florida Dining: When Money's No Object

Five spots for that special night out.

When you're looking to go all out, consider these restaurants:   Osteria Tulia 466 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 239-213-2073, osteriatulia.com Boisterous, busy and beyond fun—those are the building blocks for the main draw: chef-owner Vincenzo Betulia’s creative, flawless food. Most chefs keep up with the times, but his obsession is almost maniacal. He serves nothing but fresh pasta, and his pizzas’ toppings are as unique as their names (in “The Sergeant Pepper,” pepperoni and onions are tamed by local honey). When he opened Bar Tulia, the gastropub next door, Betulia spent months researching cocktails to be ahead of the curve. It’s no wonder he’s heading to the James Beard House in New York City this month, and we know he’ll represent us well.   USS Nemo 3745 TamiamiTrail N., Naples, 239-261-6366, ussnemorestaurant.com A storefront staple for years, with kitschy portholes reminding us their specialty is “undersea cuisine,” USS Nemo is beloved for one reason alone—you’d be hard-pressed to leave there without a phenomenal meal. The menu is full of bold, clever combinations, most with an Asian streak and using classic technique. A grilled tuna steak coated with warm goat cheese on a bed of lobster risotto, crisscrossed with roasted tomato puree and a balsamic drizzle is Nemo’s in a nutshell: risk-taking, beautiful and delicious all in one (making you forgive the sea of tables squished t
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