By Gretchen Ellinger

It hardly seems that a year has passed since a friend told me about a new restaurant that had opened at the old Reef restaurant location on Sandy Beach.  I gave it a try, and was pleasantly surprised, so went back for a second meal to be sure that the first great meal was not just a fluke.  The second meal was even better, and since my friends enjoy good food, I sent an enthusiastic e-mail to them suggesting they try the new restaurant.

Mare Blu was destined to be a hit.  Excellent, perfectly prepared food, paired with impeccable service from friendly, well-trained staff, in a gorgeous seaside setting, makes for a great dining experience.  Add a sophisticated wine list, full bar, beachside seating indoors or out, and you just can’t miss; Mare Blu never disappoints – every meal is always delicious!  I have enjoyed many dinners there, and whether I choose pasta, seafood, or my favorite filet of beef gorgonzola (divine!), I know my meal, from cocktails and hors d’ouvre to dessert, will be extraordinary.

On May 6th diners were greeted by balloons, treated to birthday cake, and the mood was festive. Extra large jumbo blue shrimp, at a very attractive price, were on hand for the occasion, prepared to order by Chef Luca, and they were wonderful!   Congratulations to Luca Appendino and Julio Valenzuela, as they celebrated the first anniversary of Ristorante Mare Blue.  We love their Italian and continental cuisine, and wish them continuing success in the future!