100-layer lasagna, new bakery, scary salmon


Last year at dinner with my new boss, I queried our charming server about the source of the “organic” salmon on the menu. When neither he or the chef could answer, I passed and ordered something they knew the provenance of.

As someone who loves salmon, a new book has me rethinking my go-to fish. You might too.

We also share news about two restaurants on the move, the new Italian bakery replacing Regina’s on Fifth and fun things to eat this week.

On the move

Longtime Marco Island restaurateur Arturo Perez moved his beloved Arturo’s Bistro from Bald Eagle to Royal Palm Mall. What’s new? A full bar because of more seating. What’s the same? His wildly popular stuffed pork chops and gnocchi a la Napoletana. The space is stately, with a private dining room where wine is displayed. It is a tad hard to find: you’ll need to walk inside the courtyard and look for the Mediterranean blue drapes on the first floor. Fun fact: his children helm two other popular Marco restaurants ― Diana Perez with Ciao Bella and son Edgar, The Boulevard. Summer hours: 5‑10 p.m Monday‑Saturday. Sunday suppers resume in November.

Arturo Perez at his new location on Marco Island.

(969 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island; 239-394-7578; arturosbistro.com)

Naples Coastal Kitchen is renovating what was formerly Cirella’s Bonita Springs outpost for a “hopeful” November move. The current location remains open. A reminder: Unredeemed gift certificates for Cirella’s will be honored through Sept. 30.

Coastal Kitchen Tater Kegs, stuffed with bacon, Wisconsin cheddar and chives, are an appetizer standout at Naples Coastal Kitchen.

(13500 Tamiami Trail N., Naples; 239-514-4414; naplescoastalkitchen.com)

Coming soon

Luca DiFalco of Caffe Milano, Bice and more fame is transforming what was most recently Regina’s Ice Cream Pavillion at 834 Fifth Avenue South into an all-Italian grab-and-go bakery with bread, pastries and homemade gelato. Its name is not yet determined. The pastry chef and equipment are en route from Italy; design is in the planning stages. Like grabbing a coffee in Milan, there will be a counter and maybe a few barstools but no other seating. Expect to hear more in October.

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