I'm looking for the best restaurants in the following cuisines/styles:
ITALIAN - there's some place mentioned a lot, located on College Parkway near Cleveland? I'm a big fan or fresh, stuffed pastas, like ravioli -- esp. with seasonal ingredients. maybe seasonal, like sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter & sage sauce.
MEDITERRANEAN -- isn't there a place around College (or Daniels?) that is Italian and other Med. food, because the owners are not Italian?
MIDDLE EASTERN -- braised lamb, stuffed vine leaves, mezze
PIZZA -- i like all styles, but ingredients must be top quality. wood burning or coal fired oven a plus. "Old Monty's" in Punta Gorda is the very best (pizza and strombolis -- GREAT!), but it is a special trip to get it.
INDIAN - again, quality ingredients very critical.
CHINESE -- not "americanized" gloppy stuff, but somewhat CLOSE to authentic -- Cantonese or Hunan/Szechuan specialties a plus
CUBAN -- I'm a big fan of Rincon Cubano in the Cape. Is there any better?
THAI -- must have FRESH rice noodles so I can get my fix of drunken noodles. good som tum a plus.
GREEK -- all types, from gyros up to more elaborate dishes with seafood, lamb, etc.
SEAFOOD -shrimp, grouper, snapper, smoked fish....
CHEESEMONGER -- retail sales of gourmet cheeses
BEST REUBEN Sandwich
BEST BBQ -- RIBS and Pulled Pork
FRENCH -- Heck, I'm an optimist! ;-)).
and while I'm asking:
does anyone know where I can buy some fresh green (new, raw) peanuts to make boiled peanuts? or where I can buy some good BOILED PEANUTS?
NOTE: I'm looking ONLY for recommendations in FORT MYERS, N. FT. MYERS, CAPE CORAL, PINE ISLAND, (maybe also Ft. MYERS BEACH). Please give me your top picks. THANKS
(NOT interested in recommendations in Naples, Bonita, etc., where I know the "pickins' are better, but I'm limited.)