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Fried halibut from the new CMX CinéBistro in the Coastland Center, Naples.

This week (year or pandemic), was so long.

A Cape Coral chef is leaving the 18-year old Cape Coral project in order to start a new venture. Angelo’s in Naples, Italy was visited by an Albanian family that serves southern comforts. To top it all, a Ritz Carlton alum has opened a movie theatre that serves more than popcorn.

It’s fascinating, yes, but it is also tasty.

Let’s dig in.

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Naples chef comes home

Todd Johnson has resided in Naples ever since he was ten years old. Johnson graduated from Naples High School. Johnson received a degree from Johnson & Wales University Miami in culinary arts. After that, he worked in the high-end restaurants of downtown Naples as well as on Fifth Avenue South. He then opened and operated restaurants in Fort Myers and Tampa, as well as Cape Coral. However, he quickly returned home to his hometown to open a new restaurant that helps him return to his roots in the kitchen. Continue reading in The News-Press and Naples Daily News.

Best wishes from Albania

Albanians serve biscuits and fried chicken in an Italian restaurant. This is only the beginning of Angelo’s Southern Grill’s bizarre tale in northern Naples. This is really a tale about family, love and opportunity. Chelle Walton tells more about the Naples Daily News, and The News-Press.

Popcorn Schmopcorn

Mike Litzel will prove that popcorn is not the best movie theater food. Formerly at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Litzel has taken over the management of the new CMX CinéBistro in the Coastland Center in Naples as head chef. Is there a movie theater that has a head chef? Yes. Litzel now offers pan-fried snapper and steak au poivre in duck fat as well as french fries, burgers, poke balls, and other dishes. Andrew Atkins offers a glimpse in The News-Press or Naples Daily News.

September is the best month for delicious bites

One thing that I really love about my food team is their ability to eat well. We teamed up last month to share our favorite foods, from locavore empanadas and turkey meatballs with mole poblano sauce to spicy bun bo hue. They were delicious. You can see them in The News-Press or Naples Daily News.

Wait, there are more!

• A Fort Myers diner had some “Fox & Friends” for breakfast this week, but this isn’t the first time the restaurant has made the national spotlight. You can read more in NDN or The NP.

• In Phil Fernandez’s column on everything new and under construction, he talks about a new Mission BBQ coming to Collier, a locally run barbecue place that is expanding and a New England tavern exploring the area, some Information on Mr. Tequila, some rap feuds – it’s a little bit of everything. (in NDN, and in NP)

• If restaurant inspections are your thing (a spotlessly shiny mug to be sure) check out our latest roundup from Collier. (NDN/the NP)

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Bon Appetit

Annabelle Tometich

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Jean Le Boeuf has been the name our restaurant critics use for more than 40 years. Annabelle Tometich wrote this article. Connect with this reporter: [email protected]; @atometich (Twitter); @abellewrites (Instagram)

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