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Review: Capri's Island Gypsy is full of fairy-tale surprise

Will Watts
Correspondent

The next chapter in our food adventure takes us to the Isles of Capri and a magical spot known as The Island Gypsy.

Let’s start with the portion sizes. Much like Goldilocks, the appetizer was a bit too small; the dessert was way too much (but is that a bad thing?) and the main course was just right.     

My dining companion selected the fried calamari to start. Served with marinara sauce, per usual, the small basket was just average – nothing special, but not bad at all.   

Island Gypsy's Fandango Mango Chicken Salad.

For his entrée, my friend got the Trinidad Tuna. It’s cilantro lemongrass encrusted tuna served with “island rice” and asparagus, finished with a sweet chili ponzu sauce. A bit pricey at $29, but well worth it.

On the chef’s recommendation – per the waiter – it was ordered medium rare. The dish gets high marks for presentation. My friend described it as exotic, well-balanced and flavorful, “sweet and savory in perfect balance.”

The Trinidad Tuna at Island Gypsy.

Only one minor issue with the dish, a couple of the asparagus had a soapy taste.

I had the Fandango Mango Chicken Salad.  The dish features grilled chicken breast topped with a curry aioli served on a bed of mixed baby greens tossed in a key lime honey vinaigrette served with fresh mango slices, hearts of palm, candied walnuts and sprouts – and at a much friendlier $15 price tag.

The attention to detail is stunning. The drizzled curry was the perfect amount; as was the vinaigrette; and I’m here to tell you, any more or any less would have just not been the same … see: Goldilocks.

The fried calamari at Island Gypsy.

We arrived at twilight and watched the sun go down from our table. The outdoor dining area is filled with polite conversation and big screen TVs. While it is a comfortable (especially with evening temps dipping to the 70s), with its island vacation feel; it never hints at the overall high quality of the food.

We were planning on skipping dessert; but our waiter recommended the house specialty – carrot cake. So unexpected! So rich! So moist! So amazing!

The Island Gypsy house specialty – carrot cake.

A word of warning, if there’s two or three or you; one slice is still enough – it’s the size of two large slices. Now I know why the portions were on the small side; you need the room for dessert. So don’t pass it up.

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If you go

Island Gypsy Café and Marina Bar

292 Capri Blvd., Naples

239-394-1111

theislandgypsy.com