Finally, Naples is starting to get more recognition as a top-flight dining destination. The readers of Southern Living named Naples the fourth-best food town in the South, as part of The South’s Best feature for its April issue.
Naples has flown under the radar a bit as a food destination, but in recent years, we’ve started to see local chefs start to get more recognition on a national stage, such as Vincenzo Betulia’s dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York or Chef Asif’s appearance on the Food Network and at its South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Southern cooking has also been hot recently, as cities like Charleston and Atlanta have established acclaimed dining scenes. This particular list focused on smaller cities. Oxford, Mississippi, came in first. Three other Florida towns made the top 10: Winter Park (6), Key West (7) and St. Augustine (9).