100 Reasons Why I Love Southwest Florida

Posted on June 18, 2014

So Many Restaurants, So Little Time


Reason #2 why I love SW Florida: All the fabulous restaurants! I was born in New York City…New York City has great restaurants…but, I am not afraid to say that even small town Naples rivals the Big Apple in great places to eat! I think one could go out every night of the week for a year and never hit the same place twice! In the past month,  Chip and I have gone out to eat twice, both times trying a new place we had never dined at before, and both times being completely smitten with the food, the service and the setting. I recently asked for some suggestions for our Chip’s Picks, the list we have been putting together annually for the last 16 years, and several people recommended Inca’s Kitchen. Located in Golden Gate City, on Collier Blvd. Quite unexpected at that location, we found a lovely environment with all the fixings of a fine dining including linen napkins and an extensive full bar. The waitress made suggestions since neither of us have ever eaten Peruvian food. Typically we go back to a restaurant 3 times before putting it on our list, but if first impressions matter, we will definitely be going back! We also tried Cibao Grille on the recommendation of a friend who is a regular. He couldn’t believe we had never heard of it. It might just be one of the best kept secrets in Naples. Located in Park Shore, right off US 41 on Neapolitan Road, it was a Tuesday night in June and the place was packed! One of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a long time, and we can’t wait to go back!

One of our favorite Naples restaurants is Ristorante Ciao. Located “off the beaten path”, one block south of Fifth Avenue S. on 4th Ave., it is the place we go to for special celebrations, anniversaries and birthdays! We love the ambiance, and the calamari is the best ever! Chef and owner, Gianfranco personally greets us each time we dine there, and that is such a nice touch!

Please let us know if you have any restaurants you’d like us to consider adding to our ‘Chip’s Picks”! Trying out new places to eat is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

Thank you for reading, and make it a great day!

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