Are you in the mood for a nice dinner out, but want something a little out of the ordinary? Why not try an Italian restaurant where the chef combines local ingredients and the catch-of-the day with a Mediterranean flare. Or order a traditional Italian dish of pasta or pizza with real “old-world” flavor. The Fort Myers area has some wonderful options to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.
24041 South Tamiami Trail
For an elegant dining experience, Angelina Ristorante is your best choice. From the pure-white table linens to the 30-foot wine tower to the subtle, refined service, this restaurant offers a graceful ambiance to enhance its flavorful food. The menu is a delicious mix of imported authentic Italian foods and fresh Fort Myers samplings. The clams & sausages fusilli col busco that pairs Pine Island Sound clams with house-made Italian sausage, served with pasta in a white wine sauce. You also can’t go wrong with one of Angelina’s pizettes: Italian-style thin crust pizzas with delicious toppings like wild gulf shrimp, meatballs, caramelized onions and artichokes.
3651 Evans Avenue #101
A visit to Sasse’s is like a visit to the Italian countryside. Made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, each menu item gives you a chance to settle into a Tuscan evening with your friends and family. Enjoy the earthy wood-fired Filet Mignon where a 6-ounce filet is cooked over oak then paired with mushroom ragout and Umbrian truffle essence. Or raise your glass to the savory tastes of Italian fennel sausage, peppers and onions served over rigatoni pasta with Kalamata olives and capers.
12901-16 McGregor Boulevard
Walk into the exquisite dining room at CIBO, inhale the delectable aromas of roasted meats, fresh herbs and warm bread, and you’ll know you’re in for a wonderful night out. The menu offers a range of traditional Italian and Fort Myers favorites such as Aragosta Ravioli where Mama's house-made lobster ravioli, Boursin cheese and sherry wine cream sauce come together for tastes that dance on your tongue. Or maybe you’ll prefer the down-home flavors of Alla Marsala, with pan-seared veal scallopini, Marsala demi, and roasted red potatoes. Finish your meal with classic Italian desserts like crème gelato and of course, the traditional tiramisu.
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