Easy al fresco at Three60 Market — Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton
Perhaps the freshest thing that has sprouted on the shining Naples dining scene in past years, Three60 Market revolves and evolves around a concept of global cuisine based on quality ingredients and scratch handicraft.
What began as a market and take-out spot, it eventually capitalized on its canal-side location and close proximity to Naples Botanical Garden with outdoor seating and sit-down restaurant menus. You can also sit indoors around the wine room, with a front-row view of the kitchen bustle.
From that kitchen comes simply marvelous wonders. The take-out aspect of the operation is still brisk. Customers shop from different stations labeled "Sandwiches," "Soup" and "Pasta" or from the can’t-resist dessert showcase.
Diners choose from the breakfast and lunch (available until 3 p.m.) menus. Everything is wholesome, but don't expect sparse, low-calorie options.
Take the tomato pie, for instance. It's a signature breakfast item, with good reason. You can't get it any better in Charleston. The crust is buttery, the tomatoes fat and juicy, the cheese oozy. The multigrain toast is slathered in butter. (Ask for homemade strawberry jam to top it.)
Other breakfast temptresses include Best Darn BLT; Grownup Grilled Cheese (with American, Swiss and brie, plus applewood bacon); omelets; and a breakfast salad of scrambled eggs, grilled veggies, spinach and avocado. Do yourself a favor and order a thickly foamed latte to go with it.
At 11 a.m., the lunch-dinner menu kicks in. The Naples Pasta Company is based here, so the options are painfully fabulous. Ravioli, for instance, comes in 15 flavors, from pear with ricotta or ossobucco to crab or wild boar. Then you must decide on a sauce: marinara, Bolognese, tomato vodka, olive oil and garlic, pesto, lemon béchamel or butter and cheese.
You can also customize your burgers and chicken sandwiches to your liking. On the gourmet sandwich menu, housemade bread encases everything from old-fashioned liverwurst with red onion and grainy mustard to grilled seasonal vegetables and fresh mozzarella.
Rebecca’s Sandwich contains brie, ham, Granny Smith apples, sprouts, micro greens and housemade balsamic reduction.
Good news for diners with gluten-free needs: breads, pastas and desserts are available. And for pet owners: feel free to bring your dogs to the outdoor seating areas. They're likely to score a homemade treat.
Those who love their afternoon wine (or even morning wine, if you are so inclined), the market sells bottles of wine at cost plus (of course) $3.60. The dessert selections are dazzling: black forest cream cake, strawberry buttermilk cake, apple pie and gluten-free chocolate nut torte with Nutella, for instance.