Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Subscribe to Southwest Florida Forks

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Italian Brunch At Barbatella (Discontinued)

Barbatella is an Italian-themed restaurant on Third Street South in Naples, FL. I love the name of this restaurant. It Means a shoot or cutting of a vine in Italian. It is a sister restaurant to it's mother ship just down the street, Sea Salt, which I consider one of the best restaurants in town.

They have a variety of seating options for brunch. One can dine inside by the bar,

or outside in their lovely courtyard in either a covered,

or open air seating area.

The brunch is held in their indoor dining area and is self service.

The offerings change weekly. On this day there were 30 items on the buffet menu. One could choose from a cheese table, pizzas, cold or hot buffet items and desserts. They also give you a choice of either a glass of Prosecco or a Mimosa with the brunch.

Margherita in addition to Diavola pizza were offered for starters

or if not in the mood, perhaps a slice or two of Focaccia bread.

 The cheese table was well appointed,

with Parmigiano, Gorgonzola, Manchego, Pecorino and Robiola cheeses. These were very well paired with Lavash bread and toppings such as walnuts and golden raisins.

For the cold buffet items meats such as Speck, Mortadella and Soppressata were served in addition to grilled vegetables, Mozzarella Caprese,

Seaweed, pasta, roasted chicken and Caesar salads.

Lox and shrimp

completed the cold buffet items that day.

For the hot dishes there were 5 different choices. Meatballs,

roasted chicken,

Rigatoni with tomato and Ricotta cheese,

in addition to salmon with white wine, Capers and lemon and Eggs Benedict.

If somehow you have room for dessert, there was quite a variety to choose from.

Torte Bella Nonne, or "lovely grandmother" lemon-creme cake, Rum Baba, Tiramisu, Creme Brulee (one of the best I have had) and  Cannoli.

This is a very nice brunch. The setting, especially the courtyard is quite lovely and the food offerings range from not bad to very good. Considering the location, and the buffet-style dining, it is one of the best bargains in town for $27.95 per person. Barbatella's brunch is served Sundays from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM.

It's a wrap for another post on Forks.

1290 Third Street South
Naples, FL 34102

Barbatella on Urbanspoon

Friday, January 16, 2015

Uncorked 2015 At Clearwater Beach

I had been contacted by a publicist to spread the word about Uncorked 2015 in Clearwater Beach, Fl. Here is some information about the event.

This year’s Clearwater Beach Uncorked, the beachfront spectacular, will be held on February 7th and 8th, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. beneath the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa


Clearwater Beach is the ultimate destination for laid-back luxury.  Described as the finest beachfront culinary event on Florida’s west coast, Clearwater Beach Uncorked will bid the ultimate pre-Valentine’s Day beach getaway complete with delicious tastings from the area’s most renowned restaurants, along with many savory wines, craft beers, and micro-brews.


Clearwater Beach Uncorked will donate a percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.  This year’s sponsors include: Publix, Duncan Hines, Florida Department of Citrus, Hefty, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Planters, Organic Girl, Reynolds, and more.  Guests will sample outstanding bites that will delight the eyes as well as the palate. Wine and craft beer enthusiasts will love the launch of the delectable Brew-B-Que cooking session with Food Network Chef Emily Ellyn.

Prepare to awaken your taste buds when this spectacular food and wine weekend unites foodies and wine enthusiasts for a highly awaited epicurean adventure!

I look forward to attending and doing a post on this. More about this next month!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Medieval Faire At Lakes Regional Park

is a park in Lee County, FL.

Every year, a local chapter of the Kiwanis hosts a Medieval Faire in the park.

After finding the entrance,

getting tickets

and entering the Faire,

my dining companion (DC) and I decided to check out some of the food.

There were a number of vendors serving food such as this one

with a variety of Fare

including breads,


and of course, turkey legs.

Having eaten beforehand, DC and I passed on the food.

There were a number of interesting people wandering around the grounds

and entertainment including this great band, The Craic,

who were reason enough to attend the faire. If you get a chance, Check Them Out.

There was even a merchant who after a number of dips in wax,

was willing to give you a hand.

Of course, what would an medieval faire be without crystals,



and Jousting.

If you find this isn't your type of thing, it's a really good excuse to take a walk around Lakes Regional Park.

The Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire runs the weekends of January 10th and 11th and 17th and 18th from 9 A.M-6 P.M.

Lakes Regional Park
7330 Gladiolus Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33908

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bar Tulia

is a recently opened extension of Tulia, an Osteria-themed restaurant in Naples, FL. Bar Tulia is a separate,

though complementary space to the restaurant themed as a Gastropub, or a bar serving quality food and beverage. It is unique in Naples as they serve food past midnight most nights.  This is a real plus for those hungry after a show or event, or even getting off work late.

Although they had been open for about 2 weeks, I was invited to their official opening recently to sample and talk about some of their food.

I arrived there a bit early to find the restaurant prepping food,

 preparing Affichage

and drinks

like this "off the menu" Savoy Swizzle.

This cocktail has two different rums, Absinthe, Peychaud's Bitters, Demerara sugar and mint. It looked almost too beautiful to drink.

Here are their beverages.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying their drink orders and the Conviviality.

We were then served random items off the menu.

Shishito peppers were brought to the table, topped with flecks of Foie Gras.

Hogfish Ceviche was next served with fried pizza dough,

followed by the rabbit wings with Gorgonzola dip,

and Cauliflower salad with Currants, Marcona almonds, mustard Vinaigrette, scallions and grated Pecorino cheese.

So far so good.

Head Chef/owner Vincenzo Betulia was introduced

to the crowd

and talked about how his osteria came to be and his vision for Bar Tulia Gastropub.

His enthusiasm and passion for his craft and business made a really good impression on the audience.

Making sure no one left hungry, we were served samples of Rigatoni with a Bolognese sauce, parsley and Parmesan cheese. Really, really good.

A couple of pizzas followed the pasta. The first was a pizza with Ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses, Pancetta and Brussels Sprout leaves

followed by a Spilinga pizza with Black Leaf Kale, N'Duja salami, tomatoes, mozzarella and a bit of olive oil.

Both pizzas were very good. As the tasting event was ending and the crowd inside was thinning out I noticed there was not a shortage of diners outside, a very good sign.

It's nice that there is now a late night dining option in Naples serving quality food, I hope this trend continues.

That's that for another post on Forks.

Bar Tulia
462 5th Ave. S.
Naples, FL 34102