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Shelby Reynolds, shelby.reynolds@naplesnews.com; 239-263-4829

The roads are clear. The beaches are no longer crammed with umbrellas and beach chairs. The restaurants have lulled to a quiet hum.

Season is over.

And to celebrate, several Naples restaurants have introduced summer dining specials friendly to the local budget. Time to break out the stretchy pants.

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Barbatella

Barbatella announced its summer specials, including three daily deals:

  • $11.95 lunch at the bar, including a glass of house red or white wine, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Happy hour at the bar, including two-for-one cocktails, beer and wine by the glass, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • $28.50 sunset menu, including appetizer, entree and dessert from 5 p.m. to close

Other specials include:

  • Monday: Buy one, get one pizza (regular pizza menu only)
  • Tuesday: Lasagna Bolognese and a glass of red or white wine for $16.95
  • Wednesday: Half-priced bottles of wine under $100 (no corkage fees)

Barbatella, 1290 Third St. S., downtown Naples, 239-263-1955. barbatellanaples.com

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Bleu Provence

Bleu Provence is offering an early dining special from 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays this summer. Three courses — an appetizer, entrée and dessert — are $32.99. The special is not available on major holidays and reservations must be made for no later than 6:45 p.m. 

Entrée choices are Florida pompano, sautéed wild pink Argentinian shrimp, Mediterranean sea bass, duck leg confit and pork shank.

Bleu Provence also has an $8.99 special for Quiche Lorraine and a glass of featured wine from 5 to 7 p.m. daily at the Bar at Bleu. The special coincides with the daily happy hour at the bar when patrons can purchase $5 drinks, featured glasses of wine and small bites. Receive a complimentary glass of featured wine with the purchase of any entrée at the bar from 5 p.m. to close Sundays and Mondays.

Bleu Provence, 1234 Eighth St. S., Naples; 239-261-8239. bleuprovencenaples.com/early-dining

The Continental

The Continental rolled out its summer lunch specials menu, offering a choice of pick-two items for $14, or a pick-two for $18. First course options include: Continental salad, tomato, cucumber and ricotta salata; escarole Caesar, Parmigiano, brioche croutons; and soup of the day.

Second course options include: six-ounce Continental burger with bacon, cheese, tomato and Mac sauce; half-pastrami sandwich, caramelized onion and Gruyere cheese; herb-roasted salmon, potatoes, egg, roasted onions, mustard vinaigrette and watercress; half meatloaf sandwich, aged cheddar cheese, house pickles and horseradish mayonnaise; and half filet mignon sandwich, caramelized onions, tomato and horseradish aioli.

The pick-two for $18 option also includes choice of two steak cuts or fish of the day.

The bar at The Continental also introduced a summer happy hour program, featuring 10, Prohibition-era cocktails for $7 each, four wines for $5 each, more than 20 beers and hard ciders for $5 each and small plates for $7 each. Happy hour is available from 3 to 6 p.m. daily

Other daily specials include:

  • Sunday: $50, three-course dinner for two, plus $25 wine bottle options
  • Wednesday: All-day steak and lobster for $29.95
  • Thursday: Half off all wine bottles under $200

D’Amicos The Continental, 1205 Third St. S., downtown Naples, 239-659-0007. damicoscontinental.com

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D’Amico Sons

New daily specials were introduced for the summer at D’Amico Sons:

  • Monday through Saturday: Pick two for $12 lunch menu
  • Monday: Mussels appetizer for $8.99 or mussel pasta dish $17.99
  • Tuesday: Half-priced wine bottles
  • Wednesday: Ravioli night
  • Sunday: Date night menu, $50 three-course dinner for two

D’Amico Sons, 4691 Ninth St., Naples, 239-430-0955. naples.damicoandsons.com

The French

A new lunch special kicked off Monday at The French. Offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, the two-course, casual brasserie lunch will feature Chef Vincenzo Betulia’s twist on the most beloved classic French dishes.

First course options include: petite French onion soup; tomato gazpacho, cucumber and Espellete; deviled farm eggs and caviar; petite market green salad; and steak tartare baguette and cornichons.

Second course options include garganelli, serrano ham, peas and cream; steamed mussels and vadouvan curry; Croque Madame, sauce mornay and fried farm egg; chicken salad croissant, apple and tarragon; duck leg confit, potato lyonnaise and mustard; and bacon and onion tart, crème fraiche and chive.

The French Brasserie Rustique, 365 Fifth Ave. S., downtown Naples; 239-315-4019. thefrenchnaples.com

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Lamoraga

Lamoraga introduced a new summer dinner menu from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The seven entrée options ($19 to $25) include Piri-Piri swordfish over soft polenta and sautéed arugula, beef short ribs with homemade mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day, truffle fettuccine, grilled pork with a cucumber salad, sautéed Gulf snapper over polenta, grilled chicken rigatoni, and a four-ounce filet mignon.

Lamoraga, 3936 U.S. 41 N., Naples; 239-331-3669. lamoragarestaurant.com

Sea Salt

Sea Salt announced its summer specials, including three daily deals:

  • $12.95 lunch at the bar, including a glass of house red or white wine, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Happy hour at the bar, including half-priced cocktails, beer and wine by the glass, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • $34 chef’s sunset menu, including appetizer, entree and dessert, from 5 p.m. to close

Other specials include:

  • Monday: Half-priced bottles of wine less than $100 (no corkage fees)
  • Sunday: $2 oysters and $5 mimosas or bloody mary
  • Thursday through Sunday night: Live music

Sea Salt, 1186 Third St. S., downtown Naples, 239-434-7258. seasaltnaples.com

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Skillets

A budget menu will be available weekdays from June 1 through Sept. 30 (except holidays) at all Southwest Florida Skillets restaurants. Children younger than 10 eat free on Tuesdays with one adult meal. 

Budget breakfast options cost $8.95. Those options are:

  • Noreen’s breakfast with steamed spinach, grilled tomato slices, avocado slices, poached egg, wheat toast and fruit cup
  • Breakfast skillet: two eggs your way over potatoes; includes bacon or sausage, toast, fruit cup
  • Skillet omelet with bacon, tomato and Swiss cheese topped with potatoes; toast and fruit cup
  • PanEgger includes one buttermilk or whole wheat pancake, two eggs your way, bacon or pork sausage and a fruit cup

Budget lunches cost $8.95. Those options are:

  • Grilled chicken cheese quesadilla with roasted peppers, salsa and ranchero sauce with a small house salad
  • Mediterranean wrap with romaine lettuce, Kalamata olives, cucumber, tomato and Greek dressing (add $1 for chicken), with a bowl of fruit
  • BLT sandwich with chips
  • Ham and cheese panini on a croissant with chips

Skillets, 9174 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-992-9333; 5628 Strand Blvd., North Naples, 239-596-8202; 5461 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples, 239-566-1999; 7711 Collier Blvd., Lely, 239-732-9786; 4170 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-262-3788; 847 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples, 239-330-2515; 10950 Eagle Village Drive, Suite 330C, Fort Myers, 239-471-0553; skilletsrestaurants.com

Timeless

Due to the overwhelming popularity of its National Grilled Cheese Day special, Timeless is contuining its special through the summer. Every Tuesday, indulge in Chef David Nelson’s three previously sold-out grilled cheese creations: fried green tomato and bacon on sourdough bread for $14; smoked brisket and cheddar on caraway rye for $16; and the Timeless signature top-selling lunch dish, French Onion Grilled Cheese featuring caramelized onions, gruyere, cheese curds and rosemary butter.

Timeless: An MHK Eatery, 90 U.S. 41 N., Naples; 239-331-4325. TimelessEatery.com

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ZAZA Kitchen

ZAZA Kitchen announced its daily summer specials. Each day it offers fajitas for two with a bottle of wine or pitcher of sangria or ZAZARITA for $34.95; or a free glass of wine with any chef special featuring meals of filet mignon, fresh salmon, carne asada, chicken Parmigiana and pasta.

Other daily specials are:

  • Sunday: Two-for-one sangria
  • Monday: Two-for-one ZAZARITA and children younger than 12 eat free
  • Tuesday: Happy hour all day and $2 tacos (ground beef)
  • Wednesday: Two-for-one wine
  • Thursday: $4 sangria and ZAZARITA and children younger than 12 eat free
  • Friday: Children younger than 12 eat free; chicken fajitas for $9.99

ZAZA Kitchen, 1095 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, 239-970-5205. eatatzaza.com

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Want to be added to the list? Send summer dining specials to features@naplesnews.com.

 

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