Chef Charles Campbell—an internationally trained culinarian—helms a team of food virtuosos that accent French cuisine with American flavors. While dining companions study the menu, sip La Terre wine, or debate over who can bench-press the most phonebooks, staffers set the table with a sharable appetizer such as steamed mussels cooked in a garlic and red-wine sauce. Plunge ivory tusks into a seafood entree, such as shrimp provençale linguine and sea-scallop-truffle risotto. Vegetarians can satisfy herbivorous cravings with the roasted-beet-and-goat-cheese salad, and meat lovers pay homage to an American classic with the Not the Usual Bistro burger, an ensandwiched tower of Kobe beef, fried egg, and special sauce served with pomme frites and a rough draft of the Constitution penned in ketchup.
Kid's Hub stimulates restless young minds and exercises rubbery young limbs with an indoor playscape chock full of physical and creative activities. Parents and their progeny can put aside their differences in age and Law and Order preference while spending 10 afternoons clambering through an indoor playground, competing for digital supremacy in educational computer games, or creating arts and crafts masterpieces. Air hockey and foosball entertain sports fans and fans of simulacra, and reading areas beckon to burgeoning scholars. Kids with a dramatic flair can dress up in costumes and prepare for future careers as firefighters, police officers, or police-officer impersonators.
With kitchen credentials that include Boston’s Four Seasons Hotel and Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, executive chef Brian Martin presides over Evoo Bistro’s culinary marriage of rustic Italian and modern American fare. Brian and his team craft seasonal lunch, dinner, and catering menus that highlight pastas, simply prepared meats and seafood, and sandwiches built on homemade breads. The refined, yet hearty entrees pair with wines by the glass or cups of the bistro's signature coffee, which is blended with sweet liquors. These flavorful creations arrive at white-clothed tables arranged amidst dim track lighting, pendant lamps, and domesticated glowworms that hover from the lofted ceilings.
Trail Café and Grill greets early risers and lunch-goers with a menu of classic comfort fare. Guests design their own omelets or sink fangs into an eggy mélange of sautéed spinach, bacon, and asiago cheese with the florentine omelet ($8.99). Without costly airfare and baggage fees, diners celebrate the art capital of New Mexico with a Santa Fe skillet ($9.99) or the capital of New York by snarfing a sauce-spun buffalo-chicken sandwich ($9.99) while reading a postcard from Uncle Steve in Albany. Chefs also prep and dress the café's signature Mom's meatloaf ($10.99), which steams with memories of simpler times and subtler spices.
L'Etoile takes its name from the French word for star, and under the painstaking direction of husband-and-wife team Marc-Jean and Trish Berruet its kitchens live up to their namesake, releasing dish after dish of French cuisine to dazzle diners with bright combinations of flavors passed down from Marc-Jean's French-chef father. Guests sample succulent steak, fresh seafood, and dulcet pastries in a restaurant space glowing with soft light from overhead chandeliers, which send warm beams of light through crystal glassware onto white tablecloths to create an atmosphere that, like a cashmere cummerbund, simultaneously exudes elegance and comfort. Guests feast eyes and bellies on the restaurant’s offerings, enjoying dishes of tender cuts of rib eye, veal, and duck, along with tasty meals of steamed mussels, crab cakes, and shrimp, every order meticulously sauced and artfully plated in the timeless style of traditional French cooking.
Before moving to Naples in 1994, Lisa and Philippe Boët spent nine years in Paris, retreating to the French countryside on weekends for traditional, home-cooked meals with ingredients from the gardens and farms of family and friends. The duo re-creates that authentic experience at Chez Boet French Home Cooking, where a culinary staff headed by Lisa whips up French classics such as french onion soup, bouillabaisse, steak frites, and fondue made with imported French and Swiss cheeses. The Boëts' commitment to using locally sourced seafood and locally grown, organic, and seasonal ingredients has since earned Chez Boet the distinction of being the Naples' first certified green business.
Meals commence in the restaurant's 2,000-square-foot facility, which houses a main dining room, bar salon, and a covered outdoor terrace. Tones of raspberry, eggplant, and pomegranate grace the walls alongside wallpaper that depicts classic Piero Fornasetti portraits, which guests can admire and mimes can challenge to lifelong no-speaking contests. Along with live tunes by pianist Bob Terri on Thursdays, Chez Boet hosts special events and themed luncheons throughout the year, which have included jazz brunches, author-attended book launches, and a Moroccan-themed dinner with live belly dancers.