Don’t know about you but I love going out to eat. Maybe it’s my family heritage in French Canada where everyone eats out 5 nights a week. There’s just something about being out with friends, enjoying good food and maybe a glass of Gavi or Brunello…sharing your day or whatever …no rush for a couple of hours…taking  everything in, wherever you are. And the “wherever” can make all the difference.

So I did some research of restaurants near Genova.  Now this was a fun project…on the expense account… paid for by the boss.  I found some interesting hot spots everyone should check out. Some you may already know.

The closest to Genova and best Northern Italian restaurant in Southwest Florida is Farfalla at the southeast corner of Corkscrew Road and US41. The best antipasto-di-mare, dover sole, pesto, filetto Barolo (my favorite) and lobster bisque in 100 miles. Michael, the owner/chef, prepares every dish. Wine list is limited. As you would expect it’s pricey and busy. Reservations in season. Dinner for two over $100.


Just down the road from Genova is Coconut Point Town Center, and boy, does it have some good restaurants. 22 eateries in all. Here are a few I’ve tried and like.

Bluewater Bistro (where I bused tables years ago). Classic  menu of seafood with a choice of sauces and sides. Relaxed fine dining. Indoor and outdoor seating. Lots of locals. Dinner for two under $100.

Ruth’s Chris Grill is reknown for its beef. Fairly formal except Happy Hour in the bar. Ice-cold martinis and bar bites. A bit pricey for my pay-grade but always busy. Dinner for two $100 to $200.

South Fork is a small restaurant with a great menu, nice wine selection and good service. Fine dining in a casual style. Dinner for two under $100.

Tommy Bahama just opened at a shady corner spot next to its store. Very casual. Tasty salads, finger food and full bar. Good service. Lunch for two $40 to $60.

Stir Crazy is wok perfection. Select everything you love just the way you like it. Then they prepare it right in front of you. Absolutely delicious. Lunch for two $40.

If you like pizza…and who doesn’t…Coconut Point has two excellent “pizza parlors“, both with indoor and outdoor seating. At the south end is California Kitchen is the national chain. On the north side Sacco’s coal fired pizza has a great taste and crust. Lunch for two $30 to $40

About 3 miles east of Genova is Miromar Outlets. If your shop at Miromar, you have to try Naples Flatbread., Great casual food, great staff and a great location.

And if you’re looking for a good burger joint, I would recommend Ford’s Garage at Miromar. Super interior design and they have a solid burger.

Just 3 miles south of Genova on US41 you find the upscale Promenade shopping center with 3 fine-dining restaurants (and a gelateria) to try.

De Romo’s Ristorante and Gourmet Market is the cornerstone. Classic southern Italian fare. A reasonable wine list. Large outdoor seating area. Great happy hour. Always busy. Dinner for two under $100. And you’ve love the prepared foods, butcher, bakery, culinary and take-outin their gourmet market.

Roy’s is another mainstay at Promenade. Unique taste and menu with a Hawaian influence. The Sechwan ribs are to die for (my favorite). Great happy hour. Love eating at the bar. Always busy. Dinner for two under $100.

Molino’s is the third restaurant at Promenade. Interesting Italian dishes with something different. Always a delight. Indoor and outdoor. Dinner for two $100 to $150.

There are dozens more near Genova. Like the Fish House on Bonita Beach Road or the Lake House (try their grouper taco) or Backwater Jack’s at the Bonita Bay Marina. Or Enrico’s across the street. Too many for me to mention here.

Hope I got your mouth watering. Just be sure to drink responsibly. Or bring a designated driver.

Thank you for reading this blog. I enjoyed doing the research.,

if you have any questions about Genova, feel free call Debbi or Karen at 239-948-2929. Or visit our website at