Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Uptown, downtown #7


We've run away from the alligators all the way to 3rd Street, downtown Naples. Aren't those ice-cream colors yummy?

I showed you one of the older buildings in our city in this post, but the Mercantile Co. is the oldest, dating back to 1919. Originally it served as a Seminole (Indian) Market downstairs and a Western Union Telegraph office upstairs. For some reason, this conjures up the image of Robert Young stringing wires through hostile Indian Territory in the movie "Western Union"! (In this regard, the film is not historically accurate - in reality, the installation of telegraph wires was met with no resistance).

Today, the Mercantile Building is home to Campiello Ristorante. It is a fine Italian bistro with authentic food and live jazz entertainment. I personally recommend their penne with chicken, spinach and Gorgonzola...

24 comments:

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Hmm! I love a good spinach salad with Gorgonzola, walnuts and slices of apples. Then penne with sweet sausages. And finally tiramisu and coffee.

I stopped eating pasta a year ago because (1) it makes me sleepy, (2) I gain weight just by looking at it. But I fell off the pasta wagon last month and ate pasta almost every day for two weeks.

Now my pants are tight. No more pasta for me for awhile.

Kate said...

I noticed on your link that Campiello Ristorante has two establishments in Minnesota. Bettre check them out. I wonder if those buildings are as attractive as the one in Naples? Nice presentation.

Rauf said...

Where is the love story you promised ?
i sent all the kids away, closed the door and watching the screen waiting for some uncensored footage. or some very hot Harold Robbins page.

Nikon said...

How are the burgers?

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

It looks nice, considering its age.

Glenn Standish said...

A real pretty restaurant. Would love to have a meal there! Beautiful!

richard said...

Really nice colours and feel about this photo - it would make a nice piece of promotional material for the restaurant - looks yummy as you say. And please please please don't get me salivating over menus that are umpty thousand kilometers out of my reach ;)

Olivier said...

vraiment tres belle, elle me fait penser au bataclan à Paris.


really very beautiful, it makes me think of the bataclan in Paris

Abraham Lincoln said...

A nice history lesson and a fine photograph.

Abraham Lincoln

Frank said...

I'm going inside for some alligator meatballs with perhaps some rabbit pie for dessert.
Where's Sally?

Monica said...

I really like the colors of the buidings in your city. Soft and cheerful at the same time!

TOG said...

I was moved by this quote: 'J Andrew Lockhart said...

It looks nice, considering its age.' That's what my wife thinks about me.

magiceye said...

should be a great place to slurp up yummy food in such a classical ambience with live jazz entertainment!

Lori said...

What a beautiful photo! I love the colors - the blue and green and pink colors are so vibrant. You make us feel like we are right there!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Oh yes... going out for a pasta dinner tonight with the Red Hat Ladies... I just LOVE anything Italian!

GMG said...

Naples looks so wonderful in your photos. Well, maybe I should say Naples is wonderful and your pictures show... The 1919 building is beautiful!

Jilly said...

This building seems to have eyes! Love the colours - makes me think of a wedding cake. Your description of ice-cream colours tho is perfect.

I did answer your question yesterday on MC DP - yes, born on Friday the 13th, same as you - soul sisters! So now we need to know the month?

Jx

Mimmu said...

I will remember your recommending next time in Naples :)
Your photo is like a loveliest sweet!

Moi said...

i love the way "ristorante" slides off my tongue.......and 14 of them...i wudn't have been able to guess, at any rate.......i am beginning to appreciate alligators more than i ever have thro' ur blog, Isabella...
and guess what, picked up a sophia Loren's movie, called "Gold of naples" from the library and was instantly reminded of you :DDDD

Dsole said...

uoh, what a sweetie place!

Do you know what's the meaning of pen(n)e in spanish? When i was on Italy that makes me smile too ;)

Rauf said...

MOI, which Naples ? Do you know there is a Madras in US ? it is in Jefferson County, Oregon.

Isabella, Madras is my city, it is called Chennai now.

isabella said...

Moi - it's such a natural association, since I'm a double for Sophia Loren ;-)

Rauf - you dirty old man ;-)...you read Harold Robbins?

Nikon - tsk...tsk...they call it steak tartare here ;-)

Dsole - shame on you! Wash out your mouth with soap ;-)

Ming - sorry about your pants ;-)

Moi said...
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Moi said...

:)Isabella, if u insist :DDD

and rauf....i'm aware of that..US has a venice , a london, a delhi in California......and guess, every other place on planet exists in US...:)