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.
The newest Italian eatery on the scene, Osteria Tulia calls its brand of authentic cuisine and interior design "rustic farmhouse." It is situated on Fifth Avenue South, which alone counts a dozen or so Italian restaurants along a seven block strip. This list includes fine dining Alberto's of Fifth and the more casual, lighthearted Pazzo! among that particular roll call of Italian restaurants.
The list demonstrates the seriousness with which local Italian restaurant chefs treat their creations - from hand cut pasta to house made fennel sausage. Beyond Fifth Avenue South, it covers off the "eaten path" treasures from Bonita Springs in the north to Marco Island in the south.