In 2014, Conde Nast Traveler magazine listed Naples at number 17 on its Top Cities for Foodies readers' choice awards. That was a first, but a well deserved honor for a small town stuffed with talented chefs and to-die-for-restaurants.
Most local foodies agree that the recent appearance of Sails Restaurant boosted Naples' reputation for innovative cuisine. But years and many restaurants have set the table for the town's culinary ascendancy. The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, for instance, sent Naples down a path of culinary excellence and polished service decades before. Others followed suit.
This list includes the creme de la creme, from inimitable Italian cuisine in a town with uncountable Italian restaurants to creative global fare. Others create their palette with French, Mediterranean and American cuisines. Their settings range from designer dining rooms and a masculine club-like setting to simple strip-mall spots and one with golf course greens views.
Though their settings and culinary influences vary, all of these restaurants share the common denominator of daring creativity in a town that tends to weigh in on the conservative side. The fine dining scene - fueled by a well-traveled and -heeled winter clientele - continues to improve every year as competition grows stiffer. Naples is a town that loves to eat out and eat well. Its fine restaurants meet that challenge brilliantly.