‘Watts for Dinner’ Takeout Edition: Davide delivers authentic Italian
When you’re stuck at home, it doesn’t take much to excite you. On this day, we decided to order delivery from Davide on Marco Island. So, you could just imagine, I was bouncing off the walls with joy.
First step, visiting davideitaliancafe.com to make our selections. You’ll note throughout this article what “menu” or tab we ordered from online, not indicative of the type of food necessarily; just a reference point.
We were dining at a home just off Marco Island in Hammock Bay, so we were extremely happy to find out the restaurant delivers off island.
From the appetizers menu, we ordered the rollatini di melenzana ($11.95), thinly sliced eggplant stuffed with ricotta cheese and topped with mozzarella cheese in a light tomato sauce.
Such a nice flavor with this appetizer. And so easy for two to share. The sauce is the star, but only marginally, as the whole dish shines. Perfection!
Also, from the appetizers menu, we requested a side of lasagna ($8.95). Very meaty and cheesy and it left me wanting more.
From the panini menu, we order the pollo Milanese ($9.95), thinly pounded breaded chicken breast lightly fried topped with arugula, diced tomatoes, sliced onions with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and served on fresh bread.
This was my favorite dish of the night. With an inhouse dressing and plenty of greens, it was a sandwich and a salad. Amazing!
From the pasta menu we ordered the spaghetti con salsiccia ($17.95), spaghetti pasta with homemade mild sausage in a marinara sauce. I prefer a Bolognese sauce or meatballs, but this was a worthy experiment for me.
All the above was shared among two people for one big. Below, the next night’s dinner for two.
From the pizza menu we ordered Stromboli ($16.95 to $19.95, we ordered the larger), rolled up pizza dough stuffed with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and tomato sauce on the side. This is one monster of a Stromboli and while I didn’t sample it on night one, I can tell you it ages well. Very, very well! This was a close second for favorite dish.
Also included with this order was a complimentary side salad, fresh bread and an olive tapenade. There was no delivery charge listed. Awesome! And they sent us a complimentary bottle of wine due to the size of our order. Impressed! And yes, we tipped generously.
We’ve had some great meals at Davide. And that translates into their delivery dinners. Well packaged. Well delivered by a familiar face with all the necessary precautions.
As always, support local restaurants in their time of need, if you can. Stay healthy and eat well.
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If you go
Davide Italian Café & Deli
- Island Plaza (NW Corner Bald Eagle and Collier Boulevard)
- 688 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island