Absolutely, the first choice for a special evening is Campiello on Third Street South. A lot of locals would agree that Campiello is the best restaurant in Naples because it has all of the ingredients put together in one place – ambiance, al fresco dining (and half of the bar is outside), great food and impeccable service. They are open for both lunch and dinner as well as having a very socially active bar.
During “season”, you most definitely want to make a reservation well in advance to get your preference of time and location (outside or inside). You can also make reservations online through their website but, we suggest you tolerate their phone system and speak to a human being for any special requests.
This restaurant has received a lot of awards and seems to always be voted the best restaurant, best Italian restaurant, best outside dining, best bar, best wine list, best service…….do any other categories matter? Are there any other categories? Our recommendation is to request a table on the terrace near the sidewalk to take in the people watching parade and enjoy the live music from the balcony above you.
The menu is inspired by traditional Tuscan country cooking and prepared in an open kitchen with wood-roasted and rotisserie specialties. The decor is relaxed but polished – Murano light fixtures, fine leather chairs & banquettes and hand painted murals. The live music on the front terrace is part of the ambiance from Wednesday evening through Saturday evening. We’re told that ‘Campiello’ can be translated from Italian to mean “a lively center of neighborhood ativity”. Very appropiate.
Here are some recommendations from the regular menu items:
- The calamari appetizer is prepared uniquely and served with a lemon parsley aioli. As much as we all see calamari on restaurant menus, we have to say that this preparation is the best that we’ve tasted.
- All of the homemade pizzas from their wood-fired oven are excellent and light.
- Our favorite pastas are the Linguine with crab, tomato & basil; Cavatelli with mussels, saffron, Sicilian pork sausage & basil; and the Tagliatelle with spicy lamb sausage Bolognese.
- The pan roasted grouper and the grilled half chicken are reliable favorites.
- Think about sharing a side dish of creamed spinach with golden raisins & toasted pinenuts or the risotto al parmigiano.
If you make it to dessert, you’ve really done well and spent a lot of time leisurely enjoying your dining experience. All of the desserts are top notch and they serve excellent coffee, espresso & cappucino.
Campiello always has specials depending on season and fresh available ingredients. You cannot go wrong with any of the special offerings that they might have on the day or evening when you are there. If you become a regular visitor, take advantage of the specials because they might not last long on any given meal and might not appear on the menu again anytime soon. The kitchen is creative and likes to be able offer regular patrons new items on top of the standard menu items. In addition, you should check their website for special theme menus and programs like their earlybird 3 course dinner for $25.
The restaurant is located on the east side of Third Street South in the historic Naples Mercantile Building. We’ve always been lucky finding a parking spot along Third Street South after minimal cruising but, there’s plenty of public parking in the lot behind Tommy Bahama (almost directly across the street) or just around the corner on Broad Avenue. This location is only a few blocks away from the Naples Pier, by the way, so consider coordinating your dinner reservation with watching sunset from the Pier and then strolling over to Campiello.
The lunch and dinner menus, cocktail specialties and the entire wine list are shown on their website.
Mangia bene! Ridi spesso! Vivi tanto!
1177 3rd Street South
Naples, Florida 34102