Monday’s opening of Santa Fe Cafe provides a new casual dining spot and revives a gourmet coffee bar inside Waterside Shops in Naples.
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant has selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including an espresso bar and a juice bar with fruit and vegetable smoothies.
“We have pastries all day and a full coffee bar all day,” says owner Alex Scolnik, who also formerly operated Santa Fe News & Espresso in Bal Harbour Shops.
Bakery cases near the cafe’s entrance feature pastries and desserts such as New York-style cheesecake, key lime pie and tiramisu. Beer and wine will be additional options within the next couple of weeks, Scolnik said.
The cafe has an extensive menu for lunch and dinner. Diners will find appetizers, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, pasta dishes and specialty entrees such as Argentinean empanadas, churrasco steak and grilled chicken and salmon.
Signature menu items include the Santa Fe Burger topped with a fried egg, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and a flavorful Santa Fe sauce; the Santa Fe Flatbread with tomato, mozzarella, ham, olives and roasted peppers; and the Santa Fe Milanesa sandwich, which features a breaded steak with tomato and lettuce.
The cafe’s breakfast items, served until 11:30 a.m. daily, include omelets, Benedicts, egg sandwiches, bagels and French toast with fresh berries. Coffee, juices and other beverages are available all day.
The cafe’s general manager is Lucas Mautone, who most recently was the food and beverage manager and sommelier at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in North Naples. He also previously was a restaurant manager at DeRomo’s in Bonita Springs and MiraMare and Bice in Naples.
Santa Fe Cafe is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Seating is available inside and outside on a 1,000-square-foot patio with umbrella tables near fountains and other water features in the open-air mall at 5415 Tamiami Trail N.