Six Red Hot Valentine’s Day Ideas for Romantics in Naples
Each year aspiring sweethearts scour Southwest Florida in search for that perfect way to express their everlasting affection. Whether it’s a special dining spot, some good food to help set the mood, or just a quietly kept local secret, Platinum is here to help you on your quest for romance. We are proud to present six different enchanting ideas we highly recommend for celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Paradise Coast.
21 Spices by Chef Asif
While almost everyone will be trending towards a romantic French or Italian menu, why not be a little bold and explore the spicier side of life with local award winning Chef Asif Syed from 21 Spices? This innovative dining hotspot features “Progressive Indian” style cooking described as a culinary journey utilizing the freshest seasonal ingredients and infused with touches of modern, innovative culinary techniques. They feature a special Valentine’s Day menu and reservations are required. With over 121 reviews on Facebook and 89 reviews on Yelp as of this writing, 21 Spices is quickly becoming one of Naples hottest new restaurants.
Noodles Italian Cafe
For a more traditional dining experience you cannot go wrong with the more than 21 year old local favorite Noodles Italian Café & Sushi bar. From the unique Miami / Vegas style designed interior with private booths to its upscale Italian cuisine featured along with traditional Japanese sushi, the ambiance is spectacular. The local owners Seth and Matt Berman bring a family style approach to the food, with handmade, in-house pasta dishes from generational recipes. They also use locally grown herbs and ingredients for added freshness and flavor. They feature a special Valentine’s Day menu each year and reservations may be required.
Naples Floral Design
One of the best ways to set the mood for an enchanting evening is to appeal to the senses, and fresh flowers never fail to deliver. Because everyone is becoming more tech-savvy now, some are turning to huge online flower companies to buy bouquets. However, there are significant draw backs to this approach. For one thing, the online vendor has no control over the temperature or conditions the flowers are exposed to during transit. The environmental conditions can affect the longevity of the bouquet and there is no substitute for a personal artistic touch and a freshly cut arrangement. We recommend five time people’s choice champion, Michael Longo with Naples Floral Design. Each order is hand arranged and made to order from a true master of the craft.
N&G Etched Bottles
While flowers and fine food are standard fare for Valentine’s Day, what if you want to give your significant other something really unique? Personalization is all the rage these days and while making a gift by hand is a stunning romantic gesture, the fact is that many of us lack either the time required or the skill involved to create a worthy piece of art. Local Southwest Florida artist Gony Slova from N&G Etched Bottles can provide the perfect solution to the problem. In his words, “etched glass is the gift with class,” and we couldn’t agree more. Pick any wine or liquor bottle and transform it with photos, custom designs, messages, and a heartfelt sentiment that captures your feelings. Gony can create a unique keepsake that can last a lifetime but you will want to place your order well in advance to make sure your gift is ready in time. You can reach Gony by phone, email or the company Facebook page.
Norman Love Confections
Norman Love Confections is considered one of top three chocolate companies in the entire country so if you believe a generous helping of chocolate is the key to unlocking romance, you should definitely stop by one of their four locations. Their team of award winning artisans proudly showcases an impressive array of gourmet treats for all tastes and budgets.
Peace Love & Little Donuts
If you are looking for a unique treat to sway your sweetheart you would do well to check out Peace Love & Little Donuts. This 70s inspired coffee shop features of wide array of gourmet donuts with crazy flavor combinations from S’mores, Salted Chocolate, Samoa, and Raspberry Lemonade to the wildly popular Maple Bacon! This unique foodie fusion style of donut is hard to describe but imagine if Ben & Jerry made donuts instead of ice cream and you would have a pretty good idea.
As a small and perhaps slightly shameless plug we hear that there are often numerous reports of wine and chocolate related “spills, stains, and accidents” that often occur around this celebration. Of course, if you happen to have the misfortune of enduring one of these unforeseeable occurrences know that it is in your best interest to alert us right away. Our specially trained staff are equipped to handle these situations and unfortunately, many times the stain removal advice you may find is only suitable in certain situations and does not account for the blends of fabrics and fibers found in most high end garments. Stain removal is art form best left to professionals with a background in chemistry and a deep understanding of fabric care.