Thursday, August 5, 2010
Flavor Tree Restaurant Naples Salads Grill Deli
Light jazz played softly in the background. I placed my order and chatted with owners/chefs Pasha and Marina Vlasov. As we talked over dishes and ingredients, it’s clear that they have a Passion, with a capital “P”, for fresh, healthy and tasty cuisines. Marina started baking at 9 years old, assisted by her Russian mother’s recipes. She bakes some regular items like chocolate cookies nearly every day, and tries new baking and dessert ideas, putting them out when perfected. She’s very creative, and has very good sense of taste. Her daily changing soups are a high point-often taken home.
Pasha has done it all, from serving as waiter to cruise ship dining; covering front of the house at NY spots like Jean Georges to being on the line. The kitchen is open-it’s fun to see Pasha’s dexterity as he slices fresh vegetables. They are a great team together.
My Flavor Tree turkey, provolone ham sandwich ($7.95) has deliciously roasted red peppers, and fresh sliced cucumber on a multigrain bread.
I’m a good eater, and I still took half home.
My sweet tooth led me to the Napoleon for dessert. It’s a big slab, pretty, rich and luscious with tender phyllo separating the luscious layers. topped with fresh apple and blueberries. Mmmmm good!