‘Watts for Dinner’: Sami’s offers expansive menu with many flavors

Will Watts

Our next dining destination is Sami’s on Marco Island. Since our last visit, the restaurant has added a brunch menu, sushi, gyros and more to offer one of the widest selections of any island restaurant.

Things got off to an appetizing start with the “Giant Garlic Knots” ($6.49 for six, $11.99 for 12) featuring a buttery garlic sauce and served with marinara.  

For my main entrée, I tried something new: the “Island Curry” with chicken ($25.99, you can select shrimp for $26.99). It features a curry sauce, with carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, green peas, tomatoes, zucchini, garbanzo beans and yellow squash. It is served with a side of curry rice and a garlic naan.

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This is super tasty dish. Not too spicy. Lots of chicken. And the naan is the perfect compliment. Given that the dish is already curry, I think a Jasmine rice might have been a better choice than curry rice. Just my two cents. The dish comes with a side salad, or Cesar for a slight upcharge.  

My dining companion had the grilled chicken pita ($18.99) featuring chicken breast marinated in a “special blend of spices and oils” and then grilled, wrapped in a grilled pita with lettuce, onions, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce and is served with a side of steak fries. The dish earned solid reviews. I especially liked the fries I stole.

We also took home two medium pizzas, the buffalo ($22.99) and the “Ultimate” ($22.99).

The buffalo features lots of chicken, along with cheddar and mozzarella cheese and is drizzled with buffalo sauce. It’s like a chicken wing pie, with cheese. What’s not to love!

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The “Ultimate” is double crusted pizza and is filled with mozzarella, spinach, meatballs, pepperoni, roasted red peppers and roasted garlic. I love a great top-crusted pizza, and this one is thick and delicious.

Sami’s is always a solid performer. It has a full bar, easy takeout ordering and plenty of tables inside and out. And the service is top notch. Happy eating!  

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If you go


  • 227 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island
  • 239-389-7499
  • samispizza.com