Wine Dine and Play: Miceli’s Restaurant

Miceli’s Restaurant

Miceli's restaurant is the only Italian cuisine themed business in Matlacha, Florida with the others focusing heavily on seafood.

June 2019 review  /  October 2019 review

Second Was Better Than The First
Matlacha, Florida
Cuisine Style: Italian
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 2 / 5
Dined: October 2019

By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Miceli's Restaurant  Zomato rating:

Miceli's Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Miceli's Restaurant  Executive Chef:
The Miceli Brothers

Miceli's Restaurant is an Italian and American centric spot offering a traditional blend of foods and is the only Italian restaurant on Pine Island and the town of Matlacha which is known more for its seafood, so it holds the market for now on this cuisine with the only competition being a Carrabbas Italian Grill several miles away in Cape Coral. They also have their own shop with products and shirt artwork created by the local artists that Matlacha is famous for.

Matlacha is one of five small communities near Cape Coral and is located on a small island in Matlacha Pass, east of the larger Pine Island. It is an "Old Florida" fishing village, home to many colorful art galleries, island boutiques, restaurants, and traditional Floridian cottages that have murals matching the “hippy” vibe of the village itself.

The restaurant was much slower and less crowded than our first visit back in June, and the service staff was much more attentive which brought the overall rating for the restaurant score up significantly. Now let's talk about some food and drinks. 

Miceli's Restaurant Menu:
    • Appetizers
    • Fresh Salads
    • Baskets
    • Homemade Soups
    • Sandwiches, Burgers & Wraps
    • Grinders
    • Specialty Pizzas
    • Calzone and Stromboli’s
    • Daily Specials
    • Pasta Entrees
    • Dinner Entrees
    • Kids menu
    • Homemade Desserts

My wife had a few glasses of the house cabernet while I had Yuengling beer, as it was happy hour and the drinks were half off. For this visit, we stayed to eating a few happy hour foods starting with the shrimp scampi appetizer with jumbo Gulf shrimp in a creamy lemon butter sauce served with a loaf of garlic bread. A very rich cream sauce and lots of flavors made soaking up every piece of it with the bread a joy within itself. It was lightly seasoned and soft textured. The presentation at first did not win many marks, but the taste made up for that in the end.

The shrimp scampi appetizer was rich and creamy filled with Gulf shrimp and served with a side of baked bread at Miceli's in Matlacha, Florida
Miceli's Restaurant / Shrimp Scampi

Next, we shared the toasted ravioli dish that came with five to the order, stuffed with ricotta cheese and deep-fried to a darker golden brown. The dish also came with a marinara dipping sauce. Biting into each piece you could feel the crunchy flaked breadcrumbs with medium Italian seasonings and parmesan. I believe it could have used more ricotta stuffing, however.

The toasted ravioli appetizer was stuffed with ricotta cheese deep-fried and topped with parmesan and marinara. Served at the Miceli's restaurant in Matlacha, Florida
Miceli's Restaurant / Toasted Ravioli

For dessert, we shared the key lime pie over a graham cracker crust with whipped cream. The taste was perfectly tart as this pie should be, with a moist and soft creaminess. I’m not sure if it was made in house in processed elsewhere, frozen and delivered, but either way, it was a good finish to our meal.

Not very Italian but very Florida was the key lime pie at Miceli's in Matlacha, Florida
Miceli's Restaurant / Key Lime Pie

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Final notes, review basics, observations, and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambience, food quality, and wow factor. 
To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Miceli’s a 2 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants. The first review score was 0.5 of 5 stars, so they have massively improved from my last visit, thanks to the quality increase of service.

Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for Miceli’s Restaurant
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage — less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**

Overall Star Rating:
2 of 5 Stars: 
77% Rating with a 0 point “wow” bonus
Far Above the Average Dining Experience
Corkage fees:
Miceli's Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Casual dining
Cuisine Style at Miceli's Restaurant:
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Gluten-free choices, Low Carb Pescatarian, Vegetarian Options
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Dress code:
Casual attire

It’s Florida, everybody wears flip-flops!
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Miceli's Restaurant Experiences:
Contemporary, Hotspot, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Rustic, Scenic views, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Miceli's Restaurant has a private lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Miceli's Restaurant is a non-smoking restaurant with a non-smoking patio   
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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 Alcohol prices:

$11.00 USD

Miceli's Restaurant:

3930 Pine Island Road
Matlacha, Florida 
33993, USA

By Boat
Latitude: N 26° 38′ 9.0035″
Longitude: W 82° 3′ 53.4719″

Contact Information: 

Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 239-282-8233
Email Us:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

Lunch: Sun - Thur
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat
11:00 am - 10:00 pm 
Happy Hour: daily 
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Social Media 
Accolades for Miceli's Restaurant:
Miceli's Restaurant Facebook link                

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