Mom has spent a lifetime making sure you eat right, so this Mother’s Day, turn the tables and treat her to brunch or dinner at one of these memorable spots.
Dining at The Ritz
The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples celebrates mom on May 11 with two fun dining experiences.
Starting at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., chefs at Lemonía in The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples will be sharpening the knives at the carving station and folding eggs with aplomb at the omelet station for a traditional brunch. While enjoying the view of the famed Tiburón golf course, diners will indulge in a spread that, in addition to the carving and omelet stations, includes a fabulous fresh seafood spread, and a chef-driven menu with select breakfast, lunch and dessert options.
- Dining prices: $109 per adult, $49 per child (tax and gratuity included).
- Reservations are required, call 239-258-6644 to RSVP.
Or head to The Ritz-Carlton, Naples by the beach and treat your mother to an afternoon of sophistication at the Traditional Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge. Enjoy a lavish selection of tea sandwiches—including my favorite, the classic English cucumber—an array of scones, mini-dessert pastries and fresh fruit, served alongside a selection of brewed loose leaf teas to sip, pinkies out.
- Afternoon tea at the Ritz is $45 per adult, $20 per child.
- Reservations are required, call 239-258-6644 to RSVP.
A Naples Tradition
For the Mother’s Day brunch traditionalist, no place does it quite like The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. A tradition in its own right, The Naples Beach Hotel has been serving area moms a gourmand’s spread in the River of Grass Ballroom for more than 40 years, creating memories that have bridged generations to make each diner feel as if the expansive buffet and delicacies were made specifically with them in mind—because they were.
This year, the menu sounds divine. Mains will include miso grouper with baby bok choy, chicken roulade with wild mushrooms and goat cheese, cheese tortellini with a pesto cream sauce, and a carving station serving roasted prime rib with rosemary au jus—and that’s just the entrées.
For the breakfast stalwart, all bacon and sausage favorites will be on hand, accompanied by an array of egg-based options, including an omelet station and eggs Benedict, while the Franco-centric crêpe station will delight with made-to-order selections. For the sea-foodie, options include a choice of shrimp cocktail, a selection of smoked fish, and a sushi and sashimi station stocked with all the favorites. For the sweet tooth, desserts are plentiful and devilish. There is even a children’s buffet so you don’t have to hear the dreaded, “I don’t like it.”
- The Mother’s Day brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Brunch is $65 per person ($20 per child), which includes complimentary Champagne and valet parking.
- For reservations, call 239-435-4347.
- For more information, visit naplesbeachhotel.com/mothers-day.
Spiced-Up Mother’s Day Brunch
Looking to spice the Mother’s Day offerings up a bit? Agave Bar & Grill has you covered a decadent brunch, Agave-style. All the brunch staples will be served: eggs Benedict, omelet station, a smoked salmon platter, French toast, and bacon. For a kick of Southwest flavor, the carving station will featured a house-smoked prime rib and pork tenderloin with a chipotle-guava glaze, while the spinach-cheddar stuffed chicken breast and seared corvina with a mango-saffron coulis will have mom loading up on seconds.
- Agave’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Brunch costs $40 per person, and includes a complimentary glass of champagne.
- For more information, visit agavenaples.com.
Collier and Lee counties are giving Mother’s Day a taste of their Italian side this Mother’s Day with Barbatella and Angelina’s Ristorante opening early for prix-fixe brunches that will knock mom’s socks.
Angelina’s Ristorante’s take on classic Italian cuisine has become a staple of the Paradise Coast dining scene since opening its doors in 2008. The menu draws from all of Italy’s culinary regions, while the wine list, dominated by a massive 30-foot display tower, was meticulously drawn up to compliment each and every dish crafted in the kitchen. For Mother’s Day, Consulting Executive Chef Sarah Gruenberg has created a three-course prix-fixe menu, including antipasti for the table, that gives diners plenty of options.
- Brunch will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $65 per person, $15 for the children’s menu.
- Reservations are required; call 239-390-3187 to RSVP.
The three-course prix-fixe menu, which includes antipasti, is as follows:
Salad or Soup:
- Caesar: romaine, Tuscan kale, parmigiano reggiano, garlic anchovy dressing
- Caprese: local brandywine tomatoes, basil, burrata, pistachio
- Pizzette di zucchini: squash blossoms, tomato, burrata
- Zuppa di piselli: chilled English pea soup, king crab, whipped mascarpone
- Uovo in purgatorio: baked farm egg in spicy tomato sauce, garlic bruschetta
- Pizzette Margherita: tomato, mozzarella di bufala, basil
- Carpaccio: prime beef carpaccio, arugula, umbriaco cheese
The Entrée Course:
- Fritatta del giorno: open-faced Italian-style omelette, Yukon gold potatoes, asparagus, black truffle
- Tagliatelle con aragosta: Maine lobster, pasta ribbons, dried cherry tomatoes, arugula
- Cernia Mediterranea: brown butter roasted grouper, cauliflower puree, zucchini, tomatoes, Taggiasca olives, capers
- Insalata di tonno: caper-crusted medium-rare tuna, fingerling potatoes, hard-boiled quail egg, green beans, frisee, Taggiasca olives
- Ravioli di zucca: butternut squash ravioli, sundried tomatoes, truffled almonds
- Pollo scallopine alla limone: Belle & Evans chicken breast, lemon, celery, Castelvetrano olives, artichokes, crispy polenta
- Filetto di manzo: filet mignon, carrot jus, English peas and tendrils, roasted potatoes (supplement $8)
- Costalette d’agnello: Roman-style lamb chops, couscous, eggplant caponata (supplement $10).
The Dessert Course:
- Tiramisu: amaretto-soaked cake, espresso gelato, mascarpone cream
- Gelati e sorbetti: selection of house-made ice cream and sorbet
- Cioccolato: flourless chocolate cake, passion fruit, coconut sorbet
- Torta di limoncello: Key lime tart, blackberries, whipped cream
- Cannoli Siciliani: Sicilian cannoli, ricotta, chocolate, candied orange
- Panna cotta: dark chocolate panna cotta, mint
- Piatto di formaggio: selection of Italian cheeses, honey
Barbatella’s modern take on authentic Italian cuisine has rounded out the Third Street South dining scene, making it one of the most complete in the state. The brainchild of Fabrizio Aielli, the same culinary wizard helming the Naples original, Sea Salt, dining at Barbatella is an experience best enjoyed with friends and family. In that tradition, Barbatella has whipped up a three-course prix-fixe brunch menu to celebrate mom this Sunday. Filled with all the rustic, authentic flavors that won Barbatella all its fanfare, the menu gives plenty of options to create the perfect meal to suit individual tastes.
- Barbatella’s Mother’s Day brunch is $35 per person.
- Reservations are required; call 239-263-1955 to RSVP.
- Crispy fried calamari and shrimp with tartar sauce
- Fresh burrata with tomato and Parma prosciutto
- Soup of the day
- Eggplant parmigiana with mozzarella cheese
- Linguini with crab, garlic, white wine and arugula
- Grilled salmon fillet and Caesar salad
- Chicken breast with asparagus, fontina and truffled soft polenta
- Pizza Barbatella
- Puccia and frittata with artichokes, ham, mushroom, cheddar cheese, fries and fresh fruit
- Crème brûlée
- Torta delle Nonna
- Stracciatella gelato
- Raspberry sorbet
Brunch with a View
If mom loves a water view (and who doesn’t?) Coast Restaurant at the Edgewater Beach Hotel serves up a Gulf vista as delicious as the cuisine of Executive Chef William Zimmer. The elegant brunch buffet includes an omelet station, fresh salads, seafood, prime rib and freshly baked pastries. Additional tempting choices include fresh grouper with a banana rum sauce, Caribbean jerk grilled shrimp, baby spinach and praline salad, domestic and imported cheeses and meats, mascarpone-stuffed French toast and malted waffles. Complimentary Champagne is included.
- Coast’s Mother’s Day Bruch runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m and is $65, $20 for children under 12.
- Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 239-403-2000 to RSVP.
Dinner with a View
In Southwest Florida, dinner with a water view is de rigueur. With that said, few places can offer the type of 360-degree panoramas the Naples Princess has in store. This Mother’s Day, take mom on a two-hour sunset dinner cruise, where you can dine in high style while exploring the calm waters of Naples Bay, Port Royal and the Gulf. The menu has something for everyone, including carved beef tenderloin with béarnaise sauce and pecan encrusted tilapia; relaxing topside and soaking in the views with a cocktail will give new meaning to seaside dining.
- The Naples Princess embarks at 6:45 p.m.; it is best to arrive 30 minutes early.
- Dinner is $70 per person. Click here to reserve your seat.