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Meals that Say 'I Love You'

BY February 3, 2017


Our recommendations if you're looking for that special night out:

Angelina’s (Italian/Bonita Springs): From a room with red velvet chairs to another with private booths, each lit by a tiny chandelier, there is no better place to cozy up. The pomp and circumstance—complimentary valet, waiters catering to every whim, nightcaps on the house—ensure an extraordinary night.

Baleen (Modern American/North Naples): Go early to catch the sunset with wide-open views of the Gulf from the pristine tiered patio lined with torches and lanterns. When the weather’s not cooperative, don’t fret: The Spanish-Gothic-meets-West-Indies interior has personality aplenty.

Bleu Provence (French/Naples’ Crayton Cove): Gallic staples undeniably speak the language of amour—oysters, truffles, aged cheese and chocolate. Amid the plethora of competitors, this slice of the Riviera shines for consistently refined takes on classics and its world-class wine list (one of only 87 restaurants globally to receive Wine Spectator’s highest award).

The Continental (Steak/Naples’ Third Street South): It’s crowded and trendy, and if that’s your vibe, the lush courtyard or deep black banquettes can’t be beat. A tomahawk ribeye for two encourages Lady and the Tramp moments, where forks and knives collide as you dig in. The craft cocktails are also among the best in Naples, perfect for toasting your significant other.

Il Cielo (Continental/Sanibel Island): Impeccable service is a hallmark of this renovated cottage, whose upper-floor dining room feels like it’s floating in the treetops. The menu crisscrosses Europe with scallops in beurre blanc, chicken saltimbocca and lamb with mint jelly. Save room for house-made sweets.

Veranda E (Fusion/Naples’ Fifth Avenue South): Being enveloped by greenery on an intimate patio under the starry sky is arguably the definition of “idyllic,” and the house specialty, a whole red snapper, is love at first bite. If you’re pining for a meal on the beach, dinner can be set up on the nearby sand with enough notice (the same is true at Baleen).


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