A Guide to Restaurants at The Mercato

The Mercato of Naples located in North Naples at the corner of U.S. 41 and Vanderbilt Beach Rd is a premier lifestyle destination and one of Southwest Florida’s fastest growing metro areas. It sits on 53 acres of land that house numerous main street style retail shops and restaurants, Class A office spaces and, of course, luxurious condominium living.

Open daily, it is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike to shop and dine. With more than 20 restaurants currently located right in Mercato, there should be no problem satisfying one’s hunger and cravings. (more…)

Inside the Rusty Bucket

Foodie Naples was recently invited to get to know Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, one of Mercato’s newest editions. If you haven’t visited yet, but are a fan of sports bars and pub food, make sure to visit soon! The food was really good, creatively different but still familiar and the menu offers a lot of variety and nice sized portions. (more…)

Dining in Naples on a Budget: Under $50 on 5th

Are there really any good dining deals in Naples anymore??

While there are lots and lots of deals available in newspapers, online and via other coupon offers, how do you know what is a really good bargain — and what you’ll regret later.

We at Foodie Naples are starting a new mission to find and report to you the best dining deals, in and out of season, at local Naples restaurants (and maybe a few in neighboring cities as well.) (more…)

Where to Find Good BBQ in Naples

When you’re in the mood for a good down-home style meal, you can never go wrong with BBQ. Slow cooked ribs, smoked meats and BBQ sandwiches — just thinking about the flavorful meat makes my mouth water. So if you’ve got a hankering for BBQ in Naples, FL, tonight, here’s where you might want to visit. And don’t ya’ll forget to tell ‘em Foodie Naples sent ya. (more…)

Your Pro Kitchen Naples

During our last few weeks of meeting people in the foodie scene of Naples and getting to know lots of business owners, we have found that there are a surprisingly large number of independent and smaller catering and bakery companies within Collier County. And operating under the full restraints of local laws is not all that easy if you think you’re just going to pop open a company and start making food in your kitchen.

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Taste Testing at Zizi Restaurant & Lounge

Zizi Restaurant & Lounge, located in the Bellasera Hotel near 5th Avenue, is not your usual hotel restaurant. With Executive Chef Dylan Evans in the kitchen, regulars enjoy the Wednesday prime rib special or lobster night on Fridays. But no matter when you go, you can expect friendly service, great food and well mixed drinks.

If you’ve never been to Zizi’s, we’re going to give you an inside look soon. But today, we’re going to focus on what’s going on in the kitchen.

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