Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 27 Captiva

Today, Thursday, began with a walk for Al.  We had breakfast of scrambled eggs, bagels, cream cheese and OJ. Al captured some pictures of Ibis that landed in the tree by our porch:

We spent the afternoon at the beach watching the dolphins at play in the gulf.

And we saw the "Thriller" go by which cruises the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound, circumnavigating the world's most prestigious barrier islands.  The Sanibel Thriller docks at the Sanibel Marina.

Tonight we dressed up and dined at Il Tesoro Risttorante, one of the newer restaurants on Sanibel ( formerly the Melissa's, Twilight Cafe and Bluefish Redfish). I am thinking of writing a book and listing the history of all the restaurants and the different names they have been over the years. LOL! Every year we wonder which restaurants will still be under the same name and ownership as there is a continous turnover on the Islands. One of our favorites, Ellington's Jazz, has been closed since  we arrived for supposedly fire suppression repairs but we wonder it will ever reopen. They have only been in this location since Aug 2009 having moved from the Sanibel Inn. Their current location  was formerly Dolce Vita.
Back to our dinner......This is a very small restaurant seating only about 48 - 50.

 Service is very good and food is great. Reviews are varied on this restaurant but we found it to be very good although very pricey. We shared Caesar salad which they did not divide on 2 plates as most better restaurants do and a bowl of anchovies was served on the side of the salad and were $2 extra. Interesting!!! Al had Scaloppine Saltimbocca alla Romano, veal stuffed with proscuittio, fresh sage, and white wine sauce. He said it was great...this is a dish I do not paticularly care for.  I ordered the Pescatore risotto....served with lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops,and calamari sauteed in white wine and finished with a fresh tomato sauce. Yum! Yum! I did share this with Al. Great dinner....our special treat for the week.

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