New York Pizza and Pasta's crew of artisan pie throwers expertly flattens doughy canvases into bubbly discs of New York–style pizza. After applying a saucy glaze and a golden coat of cheese to the colossal 20-inch crust, chefs make emergency calls to Italy for ingredient replenishments as diners dig into a feast worthy of Caesar’s panic-room buffet. Toppings such as banana peppers, black olives, fresh basil, and eggplant, can be added to the pizza for $2.50 each, and specialty prosciutto or chicken toppings are available for $4.50 each. Though not included in this Groupon, an extensive menu of appetizers, subs, and entrees brings the tastes of Italy and New York to diners' tables without the inconveniences of cobbled streets or screaming cabbies. Two glasses of velvety house wine prepares the palate for the imminent cascade of cheese. Choose two glasses of house cabernet, merlot, chardonnay, pinot grigio, or white zinfandel.
While her sister, Cori, handles front of the house duties, chef Daniela Curcion concocts Italian, Romanian, and Hungarian delicacies from scratch. Salad de vinete's pool of smooth eggplant spread, lifeguarded by slices of ripe tomatoes, beckons hunks of freshly baked bread to take a dip ($6.50). Tender beef, pork, and lamb roll into Romanian-style mititei sausages ($15), forming one-third of the Transylvanian platter alongside sarmale, cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef, pork, and rice, and csirke paprikas, a Hungarian chicken stew spiked with spaetzle and potatoes ($36.95). After relocating into handmade spinach ravioli drizzled with béchamel sauce, pumpkins, mascarpone, and parmeggiano live under the assumed name of cappellacci verdi ala zucca ($15). Tiramisu tempts dessert-craving patrons ($6.95), and postprandial indulgences can continue at home with jars of homemade orange jam or marmalade ($3.99+).
The differences between Naples, Florida and Naples, Italy probably far outnumber the similarities. But during a visit to Moravela's, it's easy to forget that the distance between the two cities is some 5,000 miles, or approximately the length of 120,000 mozzarella sticks. The restaurant brings a slice of Italy to southwestern Florida, serving up gourmet pizzas and classic Italian dishes.
Chefs churn out veal, pasta, and seafood specialties for lunch and dinner throughout the week, including one particular dish that features clams, mussels, calamari, and whitefish all on the same plate. Additionally, the kitchen uses the freshest ingredients available to top more than a dozen different pizzas, such as the bianca, a pie built around garlic and three different types of cheese.
Gordon's on the River's classic ambiance begins with its warm wood trim and oriental rugs, but it doesn't stop there. Chef Andrew McLaughlin procures local food and international spices to craft an inviting menu of traditional seafood and steak dishes, such as signature filet mignon and lobster thermidor. The house sommelier, Ian Ponsford, curates a wine list to match, earning the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for 2012 and 2013. Live piano sets the soundtrack for every meal, even the plentiful Sunday brunch, which was voted Best Brunch 2013 by readers of Florida Weekly and Naples Daily News.
Leoni's Pizzeria cooks up casual food in the form of pasta, pizza, burgers, and even tacos. The all-encompassing menu includes crispy fried chicken wings, calzones stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella, and tortillas brimming with beef, refried beans, rice, and cheese. The 18-year-old pizzeria serves up hot feasts at locations in Fort Myers and Naples.
Praised for its fresh fish and hearty portions, Cirella's serves up a diverse menu of classic Italian dishes and made-to-order sushi rolls. Hew mouth-sized morsels of pollo arrosto ($19)—a grilled chicken breast served over arugula and fresh rosemary—or return the gawking stares of a cluster of gaping clams with an order of linguine and vongole ($14+), glazed with white clam or traditional red sauce. A selection of raw and cooked sushi rolls, meanwhile, allows diners to sweep taste buds from Italy to Japan like stowaways on Tom Hanks' private biplane. Bite into colorful cylinders such as an avocado roll ($7) or the more elaborate Black Dragon roll ($14), swirled with shrimp tempura, asparagus, avocado, and crowned with slivers of eel. During happy hour, diners can pair their savory entrées with half-priced drinks.