The restaurant is located in a strip mall in Fort Myers that must be from the 1960's and is sorely in need of a makeover. As I have said before, my Grandmother always told me you cannot judge a book by it's cover. Grandmother was spot on again.
As you enter the restaurant there is the main dining/bar area,
in addition to a secondary dining area where my dining companion (DC) and I decided to sit.
Bread was brought to the table and was excellent. It was still very warm and was served with a very simple but excellent dipping sauce made up of basil, oregano, Parmesan cheese and olive oil. This was great, simple being the operative word here.
DC and I sampled a number of things off the tapas
and their regular Menus.
The first off their tapas menu were the plums.
This tapas dish was dried plums stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese and wrapped with Prosciutto. Beet compote and pesto dressing completed this dish. These were good but not up to par with the online reviews.
Much better were the mussels
and DC and I decided to go the Chorizo and port wine route. The sauce was absolutely delicious and was tomato-based with a bit of Saffron. Be sure to save some extra bread for this.
From the main menu, the dell orto salad was sampled.
The salad was made up of romaine lettuce, onions, green olives, with a bit of tomato and a few green peas. The Balsamic Vinaigrette went perfectly with the onions and green olives, and was a flavor combination I had not had previously. Excellent!
DC and I finished up with salomillo de cerdo al la bilbaina, or pork loin served as they may in Bilboa, Spain.
This was the highlight of the meal, and was topped with roasted tomatoes, garlic, and a Maderia Wine/Cabrales Cheese (a blue cheese variety) sauce. A bed of pureed carrots finished this plate and melded perfectly with the other components of the dish. Not just good but great. Of course, DC and I had to order more pan-roasted vegetables (zucchini, carrots, potatoes) to complement the entree.
The food at Gloria's La Trattoria Cafe Napoli, for the most past, was excellent and beyond my expectations. I cannot wait to go back for more!
That's that for another post on Forks.
La Trattoria Cafe Napoli
12377 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907