While some steakhouses can be stuffy and unapproachable, there is one haute spot in Naples that is setting out to prove otherwise.
At D’Amico’s The Continental American Provisions and Craft Bar, it’s all about being a trendsetter.
Offering the perfect combination of New York steakhouse meets 1920s Parisian bistro, the restaurant features three beautiful spots to dine. Co-owner Richard D’Amico’s design inspirations from his travels to France, Italy and New York can be detected throughout the gorgeous space.
Formal diners flock to the purple-accented “bull room” or the Moulin Rouge-inspired main dining room for a classic, all-American steakhouse vibe.
We opted for a table in the large courtyard overlooking bustling Third Street South. Dotted with white cabanas and filled with a bougainvillea-covered trellis, and tropical flowers, the gorgeous St. Tropez setting was picture perfect.
Get started with one of their signature cocktails with fun names like a Tequila Express, Bulls on Parade, Mezcal Me Maybe or Gin Blossom. Our friendly server introduced us to the menu and offered recommendations.
For a luxe touch, don’t miss their signature poached oysters that arrived swimming in a creamy beurre blanc and decadent caviar sampling on top.
Other starters that sounded appealing include steak tartare with a quail egg; truffle carpaccio with cauliflower risotto and scallop; and sweet pea pancakes with crab and caviar.
Chef Andrew Wicklander’s menu here focuses on familiar classics presented with an artful twist. For example, a delicate yellowtail carpaccio was beautifully presented complemented with tomato and shallots and spiced up with the right touch of jalapeno.
There is an “American Spa” section offering healthier options with each dish under 750 calories. The lobster and burrata with pickled eggplant was a standout here.
For heartier appetites, the “American Luxe” selections feature a steak sandwich with caramelized shallots, truffle aioli and pommes frites; crab Benedict; and roasted chicken with indulgent foie gras butter.
A visit to The Continental would be remiss without trying one of their signature steaks, available on both the lunch and dinner menus. The high-end, ultra luxe offerings include Japanese A5 Wagyu beef, Snake River Farms’ award-winning, melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon, and Creekstone Farms’ American Black Angus USDA Certified Prime flavor filled New York strip.
Be sure to pair the steaks up with some sides like the addictive roasted carrots with herb cream sauce; roasted asparagus; and cheesy gratin potatoes made even better with the addition of parmigiano and serrano ham.
You will want to save room for desserts (no one is counting calories here!) like the key lime blackberry pie or the standout vanilla soft serve brownie sundae with bourbon caramel, smoked almonds, and popcorn.
The Continental is located at 1205 Third Street in Naples.