Mama Mia! Naples Lives Up To Its Name with Italian Restaurants

Chelle Koster Walton

By , Local Expert, Naples
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With a name like Naples, you might expect a heavy population of Italian restaurants. In the case of Naples, Florida, you would be right. A number of Italian-born and Italian-American chefs have made their mark on the local restaurant scene. This list cuts through the fierce competition to bring you the most popular and brightest stars in the genre.

The variety ranges from your standard issue pizza and pasta joints to fine dining experiences that draw on the Italian philosophy of simplicity, quality ingredients and pairing products grown and raised in the same region.

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    Osteria Tulia

    • Average Main Course Price: $25

    Naples' newest fine Italian restaurant has a strong following appreciative of its rustic Italian cuisine and setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a refreshing warm-weather cocktail, try the Fiori - passionfruit-infused vodka with passionfruit nectar, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, muddled raspberries and effervescent limonata."

  • 2

    Angelina's Ristorante

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $34
    • Neighborhood: Bonita Springs

    Angelina's has elevated its brand of stylized Italian cuisine to stellar status in the past couple of years.

    Local Expert Tip: "Step out of your comfort zone with the Caprese Moderno salad - burrata cheese and blood oranges plus other twists on classic caprese."

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    Alberto''s on Fifth

    • Average Main Course Price: $31
    • Neighborhood: Old Naples

    Alberto Varetto has made a name for himself as a master at classic Italian cuisine with specialization in the Piedmont area.

    Local Expert Tip: "For an inexpensive sample of Chef Alberto's talent, come early (4:30 to 6:15 p.m.) or late (8:30 to 10 p.m.) for a two-course meal with a glass of wine for $19.50. "

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    Sale e Pepe

    • Average Main Course Price: $36
    • Neighborhood: Marco Island

    Sale e Pepe has consistently won awards for its authentic, homemade cuisine and lovely setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "The beach is steps away, and a good way to walk off that hibiscus panna cotta."

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    Caffe dell'Amore

    It consistently wins awards and kudos for its brand of off-the-beaten path Italian cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the spinach delizie appetizer - a labor of love that tastes like it."

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    It does Italian with one eye on regional tradition, another on contemporary. It's a favorite among locals.

    Local Expert Tip: "Each month Campiello's showcases the cuisine of a different region in Italy on a special Regional Menu."

  • 7

    Sam-Bucco Bistro

    Away from downtown's touted dining, this serves affordable, original Italian cuisine with other Mediterranean accents.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the five-mushroom soup and fettuccine Bolognese."

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    Barbatella creates an atmosphere of convivial Italian feasting that is truly original.

    Local Expert Tip: "It may sound extreme, but you have to try the dessert pizza -- sweet pizza dough with hazelnut-flavored Nutella, caramelized bananas and whipped cream."

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    Opened in 1996, it was at the head of the dining renaissance scene on Fifth Avenue South.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pazzo! pours a nicely rounded selection of wines by the glass, including a bubbly prosecco. "

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    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Marco Island

    This landmark restaurant fills with avid fans nightly to sample its traditional Italian food.

    Local Expert Tip: "The stuffed pork chop, which is usually offered nightly as a special, is the pi├Ęce de resistance here."



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