Citrola’s restaurant is a restaurant in Fort Myers serving Italian cuisine. They have two locations but my dining companion (DC) and I visited the location on College Parkway. Citrola’s has been on College Parkway for about seven years. After hearing many good things about this restaurant, DC and I decided to take a peek.
The restaurant is small serving about 20 diners. It was a Sunday night and the joint was jumping. There is additional seating outside on their patio area.
Their Dinner Menu looked great and here’s our take on it.
We ordered a non-traditional calamari dish, the Sicilian calamari. This was a wonderful dish, with breaded calamari, chopped cherry peppers, capers, garlic, white wine, light spice and a hint of lemon and parsley. The serving was more than ample and excellent.
The Citrola’s antipasto was next and a twist on the traditional. Instead of a plated assortment of meats, cured vegetables and cheeses, it was presented as a salad. The dish was put together from fresh greens, ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, hot cherry peppers, onions, pepperoncini, tomato, black olives, mozzarella & grated Romano. It was a huge serving, true to the family-style image Citrola’s projects. The appetizer and salad were way more than enough for two. Foolishly, we ordered more.
I had not had linguini with clams in quite some time so I ordered this dish with white sauce, though available in red as well. The white sauce was garlic, white wine and chopped tomatoes. Heaven. This was excellent and a gargantuan portion. Although the clamshells in this dish were ornamental, the number of chopped clams in this dish was more than generous, again enough if split for two.
DC ordered the veal Sorrentino. This is a veal scallopini (breaded) dish topped with prosciutto, eggplant and mozzarella in a wine sauce with just a touch of tomato. It was again a very generous portion with broccoli on the side. Another winner.
The food ordered at Citrola’s was excellent and served with the most generous of portion sizes. If I were to come there again I would order 1/2 as much as anything more is superfluous, a take-home portion. This excellent food led to an overzealously eating experience with some of my dinner ending up on my shirt. Upon exiting Citrola’s the chef looked at me and remarked she could tell what was for dinner by looking at my shirt.
If that was true I do not know. However, the food at Citrola’s is excellent, reasonably priced and on the whole, each portion enough for two. With food such as this, how could one go wrong?