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Old 06-14-2008, 04:21 PM
 
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I wanted to try this restaurant because i love italian,but this review was horrible.
rd lang are you going to rate this restaurant again?do you do that? They probably wont be around long after this review.I tried the place up the street boston pub and it was given an excellent rating and to be honest with you,i hated it...the fish was definitely previously frozen.I agree with you about (just miles from the Gulf of Mexico)you should have fresh fish!
Anyway im going to try wine and roses because i still believe everyone deserves a chance and i printed an online coupon for free wine with 2 entrees ...worse comes to worse i can injoy my wine! cheers!
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Arctic Tundra, MA
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Like I said, I could CARE LESS about a food critic, or a movie critic for that matter. I never listen to them at all, I go for myself. Then if it's not that good, I form my own opinion, and KEEP IT TO MYSELF, not pull a place down with a negative review.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:46 AM
 
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Last weekend, my wife and I decided to hit Wine and Roses based on the recommendation of a good friend and enjoyed one of the best restaurant experiences we've had since relocating to Florida.

It was Friday night, and the dining room was packed...so we decided to sit at the bar over drinks until a table opened up. But, the bartender, Danny, was so entertaining that we decided to just stick to the bar and eat there.

First, the drinks--although W&R had a pretty good wine list, we decided to get a couple of Martinis. I had the bartender's specialty, the "South Cicero" (named for his hometown) which tasted like a banana split, while my wife had a "Silver Shamrock", which tasted like an alcoholic version of the green freeze pops I had as a kid.

The bartender walked us through the menu, which was huge, and we started off by splitting an antipasto salad--which was so huge that it really could've been taken as a meal in itself.

Before our entrees arrived, we decided to get a bottle of wine to go with our meal, and Danny suggested a rich bottle of red that we'd had before at Harold Balink's place downtown, "Menage E Trois". This server knew how to properly present a bottle of wine, and it went off flawlessly.

For dinner, my wife had one of the specials for that night--Grouper Picatta, and she loved every bite of it. I got the Veal Parmigana. The portions were literally HUGE, and very flavorful...and neither of us left hungry or disappointed.

There wasn't enough room for dessert in either of us, but we enjoyed Danny's company enough to stay for some after dinner drinks, and he introduced us to the owner--Jeff Radke, who treated us like a couple of old friends he hadn't seen in twenty years.

In all, it was a great experience, and the exact antithesis to the stuck-up, overpriced vibe of way too many of the restaurants in the Fort Myers area. We're looking forward to becoming regulars there, and I'd recommend that place to anyone.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:24 AM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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I had the bartender's specialty, the "South Cicero" (named for his hometown) which tasted like a banana split, while my wife had a "Silver Shamrock", which tasted like an alcoholic version of the green freeze pops I had as a kid.
I wonder if that is Cicero, Chicago? My husband's from there.

Great review. It sounds like a fun place.

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Old 08-18-2009, 03:57 AM
 
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Yeah--he proudly proclaimed (in the thickest Chicago accent I've ever heard) that he was from "the most beloved Town of Cicero, Illinois".
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:10 AM
 
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Hey Tanner,

Based upon your review of I decided to take the wife there for our monthly "date", and you are right - Wine and Roses is awesome.

We did meet Danny at the bar, and he set us up nicely. I tried the "South Cicero" martini, loved it....and my wife had the best "Golden Margarita" she ever drank. It was a nice respite from waiting for our table. You were right about his accent. He sounded like a gangster from the movies.

The wife and I followed Danny's suggestion and got the special for the night, "Chicken Rebecca"--a chicken breast with fresh spinach, Canadian Bacon, and Provolone. The chicken was cooked perfectly. Our dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere was pleasant and unpretentious.

Thanks for the suggestion. We'll likely be heading back again for our next "date."

PS - oops, forget to tell you. You MUST try their tiramisu!
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: WI
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Last weekend, my wife and I decided to hit Wine and Roses based on the recommendation of a good friend and enjoyed one of the best restaurant experiences we've had since relocating to Florida.

It was Friday night, and the dining room was packed...so we decided to sit at the bar over drinks until a table opened up. But, the bartender, Danny, was so entertaining that we decided to just stick to the bar and eat there.

First, the drinks--although W&R had a pretty good wine list, we decided to get a couple of Martinis. I had the bartender's specialty, the "South Cicero" (named for his hometown) which tasted like a banana split, while my wife had a "Silver Shamrock", which tasted like an alcoholic version of the green freeze pops I had as a kid.

The bartender walked us through the menu, which was huge, and we started off by splitting an antipasto salad--which was so huge that it really could've been taken as a meal in itself.

Before our entrees arrived, we decided to get a bottle of wine to go with our meal, and Danny suggested a rich bottle of red that we'd had before at Harold Balink's place downtown, "Menage E Trois". This server knew how to properly present a bottle of wine, and it went off flawlessly.

For dinner, my wife had one of the specials for that night--Grouper Picatta, and she loved every bite of it. I got the Veal Parmigana. The portions were literally HUGE, and very flavorful...and neither of us left hungry or disappointed.

There wasn't enough room for dessert in either of us, but we enjoyed Danny's company enough to stay for some after dinner drinks, and he introduced us to the owner--Jeff Radke, who treated us like a couple of old friends he hadn't seen in twenty years.

In all, it was a great experience, and the exact antithesis to the stuck-up, overpriced vibe of way too many of the restaurants in the Fort Myers area. We're looking forward to becoming regulars there, and I'd recommend that place to anyone.
Wait a minute a resturant in SWFL that was PACKED? had great food? and was just a great experiance? and FUN?? CAN"T BE?? they are ALL going belly up!!

Just kidding of course. It's a great post, this is what I would like to see More of!! there are great place to go and have fun in SWFL!! carry on Mr.Cool
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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Wow I haven't heard the name Jeff "Dude" Radke in awhile... I grew up with this guy as my mom co-owned Island Pizza (Tower) back in the 80's with Bob Hoffer.

Dude was a crazy guy, I can remember his mullet & Camaro RS back in the 80's growing up. He use to try and spike my pizza with hot red pepper :-(

I have no comments about any Cape Italian restaraunts other than Ariani's (Del Prado by TJ Maxx), which is excellent!

Also for great seafood try Red's out on PI as it's my favorite in the entire area. I've tried Grouper 6 different ways there and loved every kind!
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: WI
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Mmmmm....grouper.....can't decide which I like better, grouper or tiramisu. We'll have to check this place out next time we're down.
mrs.cool
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Arctic Tundra, MA
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My stepdad made a killer blackened grouper at his restaurant... I am still a New Englander and love my Haddock!!!! What is absolutely nasy is that Talapia crap. YUCK!!!
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