Naples’ lofty reputation as a culinary kind of town with out-of-the-mold restaurants and artfully talented chefs to a great extent stems from its downtown Old Naples dining scene. A couple of decades ago, the districts of Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South underwent a major renaissance that brought the historic downtown area back to life. And what a life it has become!
Much of the renaissance centered on new and exciting restaurants, many of which spilled out onto patios to create something of a sidewalk café society – a fitting concept for a town that basks in warm sunshine most of the year.
Today the downtown culinary landscape gleams brighter than ever as new restaurants such as the highly hailed Sails Restaurant and The Continental wow everyone from the town’s young professionals and retired snowbird populations to families and vacationing resort visitors. The newcomers join an impressive inventory of well-established restaurants such as Campiello and Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House.
Seafood, of course, scores highly on restaurant menus in Old Naples, but the range of cuisine runs the gamut from steakhouses and fine Italian to European and Persian. Generally considered the high end of Naples dining, downtown is the place to see and be seen any time of day.