January 18th, 2012 posted by: JoNell at 12:01 PM
Barbatella, the new venture from Sea Salt chef Fabrizio Aielli and his wife Ingrid, is now open on Third Street South. The restaurant, wine bar and gelateria traverses two interior spaces and a pictureaque courtyard and fountain facing Third Street. The main dining area includes a 20-seat community table, a perfect spot where visitors can get to know the locals and vice versa. The 16-seat copper wine bar was a magnet from the minute the place opened. Barteners dispense over 30 wines by the glass along with cocktails and taste treats. Dynamic medallion designs highlight the walls and ceiling. Steps away the more casual dining area, in what used to be the Garden District Floral Shop, holds a ceremic inlaid Italian wood-burning oven that's so intense, chef Dario Leo's team cranks out hand made pizzas topped with organic ingredients in about 90 seconds. Also in this area is a gelato counter with taste tempting, authentic Italian gelato. The recipes are Aielli's, and the gelato is made by Southwest Florida chocolatier Norman Love. There is also outdoor courtyard seating. The menu includes meat and fish prepared on the rotisserie or grill or in the deep fryer or smoker, fresh made pasta, pizzas and the gelato and sorbets. Barbatella is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and is already one of the top hot spots on the growing Naples cuisine scene.