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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dinner at Maria D'anna Cafe

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is a restaurant in Naples, FL that serves Polish-inspired cuisine. They have outdoor seating

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in addition to, of course, seating inside the restaurant.

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Although these latter two pictures do not give the dining area justice it is intimate, very well put together and in a word, pleasant.

After being seated my dining companion (DC) and I were served an Amuse-Bouche. This consisted of a homemade pork sausage (Spam to the nth power),

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 in-house made Rye Bread

and of course, butter.

This was followed by a gift from the owners. I usually do not take anything from a restaurant I review.  The owners were so nice, it would have been an insult not to. A sample of their Pate

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was brought to the table and it was great, reminiscent of the Polish Pasztet.

I ordered an appetizer and it was really good.

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Greens were topped with Medjool Dates stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese and wrapped in bacon. Finished with a Soya  Vinaigrette reduction. Excellent!

My dining companion (DC) ordered stuffed cabbage rolls.

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Cabbage leaves were stuffed with a pork/rice mixture, served atop stewed Yellow Split Peas with a garlic/herb-infused fresh tomato sauce and vegetables.

I ordered the Breaded Pork Cutlet.

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This came with a shredded picked beat relish and was really good. I decided to have a lighter version of this dish. I asked for more vegetables and no potatoes, no problem.

They also have a nice selection of cookies and cakes.

There were Madeline, Butter and Pecan cookies that evening. What was really interesting were the cookies on the middle lower plate. They were filled with a ground Poppy Seed/Maple Syrup mixture and topped with a bit of Buttercream. Tres Eastern European and tres delicious. The owner was nice enough to give DC 5-6 cookies to take home. Very nice of her. Zabaglione, Flourless Chocolate Cake and Creme Brulee are also available.

The owners had just returned from France and had brought back some French chocolate. A very nice finishing touch with the check.

This was a very good dining experience. The food was excellent, made with love. The owners also give very personalized service and are as nice as anyone could possible be. I would go back without a second thought.

Widzenia Do Następnego Razu! It's a wrap for another post on Forks.

Maria D'anna Café
300 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34102

Maria D'Anna Cafe on Urbanspoon

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