Chefs send pizzas, steaks, and a bevy of seared entrees from Firepit City Grill's wood-fire grill to tables and booths lining the chic bar-style interior. Chefs crisp pizzas and flatbreads on the grill, assembling custom-ordered ingredient combinations or preparing specialties such as the Greek Town flatbread, strewn with feta and gyro meat and then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce ($10). Barbecue sauce smothers the Firepit Rack o' Baby Backs, a tender row of ribs ready to be tickled into submission ($15.50/half, $21.50/full). Sandwiches and wraps package grilled goodies in layers of bread, and the grilled halibut eschews the bun for a miso glaze and the companionship of swiss chard, rice, and sake butter ($24).
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.
When the founders of The Pita Pit opened the doors to their first restaurant, they had high hopes of offering a lighter, healthier alternative to fast food. They traded in heavy sandwich bread and hamburger buns for lebanese pita and swapped out greasy burgers for fresh-grilled meats and crispy falafel. Flash-forward several years, and The Pita Pit has evolved into many, many locations across the continent, each of which offers that same fresh, healthful fare.
Patrons can completely customize their handhelds, starting with the pita itself—the light and fluffy dough comes in both white and wheat varieties. Next come the fillings such as chicken souvlaki, a simple schmear of hummus, or even ham and eggs, served all day long. After crowning the creation with fresh vegetables, premium cheeses, and homemade sauces, the pita stuffers transform the flatbread into a tight, mess-free roll. Though guests can customize sandwiches to meet their dietary needs, The Pita Pit offers a concise list of "resolution solution pitas". Made up of six pre-designed creations, the list denotes the healthful pitas' caloric value right on the menu.
The kitchen magicians at MarLiDa's Diner conjure comfort-fare classics from breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Pot roast ($8.95) teams with red potatoes and carrots to quell the first rumblings of stomach rebellions, and dinner helpings of meat loaf ($8.95) fill bellies with equal amounts of meat and nostalgia. More than 20 sandwich options swarm lunch hours, including the Haley's Comet ($6.95), which sends roast beef, provolone, and bacon-horseradish dressing rocketing across a pressed croissant. People who haven't hit snooze too many times on their roosters can breakfast on biscuits and gravy ($4.99), which douses two buttermilk breadballs in sausage gravy and charges two cooked-to-order eggs with escorting them tableward. A kids' menu ensures little mouths are fed with favorites including chicken fingers with fries and applesauce or cottage cheese ($2.99).
Amidst the clatter of pans and hiss of bubbling pots, head chef Carlos Hernandez spends days laboring over his renowned marinara sauce, squeezing tomatoes by hand to painstakingly removing seeds, water, and skin. Hernandez ladles this and other homemade sauces onto pastas, gourmet thin-crust pizzas, and chicken, veal, and seafood specialties. He only uses fresh produce and herbs to concoct his menu of made-from-scratch regional Italian fare, ensuring that every dish boasts bold, robust flavors.
In the dining room, bartenders whip up their signature pink Luna Rossa martinis—a nod to the restaurant's name, which translates as "pink moon" in English—or dole out international wines by the glass, bottle, or trough. Diners can also seek shade beneath vibrant umbrellas on the outdoor patio, or bust out their antique ear trumpets to enjoy the songs of local crooners Perfect Gentlemen, who serenade guests every Saturday afternoon.