On the Menu: Ne Ne’s Kitchen named after favorite grandmother

Monique Stanbury, left, owners Trisha and Bob Natale, Nell Nazarks and the Natale's son, Bobby.

Tom Williams/Special to the Eagle

Monique Stanbury, left, owners Trisha and Bob Natale, Nell Nazarks and the Natale's son, Bobby.

Ne Ne's Kitchen

297 North Collier Boulevard, Marco

Monique Stanbury, left, owners Trisha and Bob Natale, Nell Nazarks and the Natale's son, Bobby.

Tom Williams/Special to the Eagle

Monique Stanbury, left, owners Trisha and Bob Natale, Nell Nazarks and the Natale's son, Bobby.

Ne Ne's Super Club sandwich.

Tom Williams/Special to the Eagle

Ne Ne's Super Club sandwich.

Crispy grouper sandwich.

Tom Williams/Special to the Eagle

Crispy grouper sandwich.

Ne Ne’s Kitchen has always been famous for their festive flair for breakfast, but with Ne Ne’s tropical splash colors of sunshine yellow and Caribbean blue, the favorite eye-opener on Marco is now shining brightly as an awesome lunch and soon-to-be dinner venue.

Ne Ne’s has always been about family, fun and locals, and throughout the remaining days of summer, the restaurant is offering a 10 percent discount for all Marco Island residents.

At the cozy café that is lovingly named after a favorite grandmother, Ne Ne’s special atmosphere awaits at 297 N. Collier Blvd.

With the last days of August only a memory, and the sultry month of September on the rise, Marco Islanders can now experience incredible lunch values with daily specials that always offer more than just soup de jour.

“We always have lunch and breakfast specials,” Trisha Natale advised, “And beginning on Nov. 4, Ne Ne’s Kitchen will be serving dinner from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.”

With the arrival of November and the winter dinning season, Ne Ne’s will serve children, six years and younger, free of charge and will offer adults a complimentary glass of wine with every entrée.

At Ne Ne’s the quality of food is always above board, but the outstanding service is exceptional.

The servers and kitchen staff act as a family unit and as Monique arrived with a big smile, the bright colors of Ne Ne’s just became a little brighter. Monique Stanbury has been with Ne Ne’s since the idea of Bob Natales’ grandmother’s kitchen came into fruition and is a dedicated and very engaged part of Ne Ne’s team. Monique is always ready to ensure every dining experience is worthy of a meal prepared by a favorite grandmother. Nell Nazarko is another unforgettable personality and remarkable server and has been with Ne Ne’s Kitchen for more than three years.

For our lunch experience, the culinary adventuress and I chose the crunchy grouper sandwich and fries for $9.95 and the Ne Ne’s deluxe club sandwich for $7.95.

After big glasses of home-brewed iced tea started the experience, Vicki Lynn and I delved in with delight.

“This is not lunch-meat chicken,” Vicki explained. “This is a real grilled chicken breast. This is a great club,” the adventuress declared. “The bacon is perfectly crisp, the chicken tender and the avocado is an awesome touch!”

Ne Ne’s crunchy grouper sandwich was another great choice, and with a dill pickle slice, fresh tomato and tasty french fries, this sandwich is made even better with a slice of lemon drizzled over tartar sauce! The crunchy grouper sandwich at and the deluxe club sandwich really does require special mention.

Our compliments to Chef Paul Centola and the Ne Ne’s Kitchen staff for a continuous and consistent job well done!

Ne Ne’s owners and proprietors, Robert and Trisha Natale discovered Marco Island many years ago from their hometown of Chicago. Bob and his wife Trisha are hard workers and believe in the positive. The Natale’s have been at the helm of the restaurant since September 2005 and have been dedicated to providing consistent high quality meals at noticeably reasonable prices. Their son Bobby is now among the family-style staff and offers another generation of help to enrich Ne Ne’s Kitchen.

With the dining room alight with the bright color of Caribbean sunshine, and the warm wooden tables finished with the high gloss of cleanliness and success, there can be little doubt as to the Natale’s own colorful recipe for satisfying repeating clientele.

Ne Ne’s is open seven days a week. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., and lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., but the classic Ne Ne’s breakfast is served all day!

A kids menu is available for children 10 and under, and features everything from silver dollar breakfast pancakes to chicken fingers and hot dogs for only $4.95.

All the family at Ne Ne’s are very excited for the upcoming winterdining season, November until April, when the restaurant will offer an evening menu featuring a specialty shrimp scampi over linguine for $14.95, and a signature slow-cooked prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes for $15.95.

For those with a fondness for chocolate, Ne Ne’s signature grandmother-style dessert, Nana’s Sky High Chocolate Cake, is a treat not to be missed.

For take out, private parties and catering, the kitchen phone is 394-3854.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated on the first Sunday after every Labor Day. With Ne Ne’s name celebrating Grandparents Day, and Bob Natale’s grandmother at 92 and still going strong, why not celebrate the day, the week, and the year, at a special Café named after a favorite and unforgettable grandmother.

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Tom Williams debut adventure/thriller novel Lost and Found has been released by Archebooks and is now available on Amazon. A website with flattering reviews and storyline is available at www.lostandfoundadventure.com

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