Saturday, June 25, 2022




Sale e Pepe, an elegant yet resort casual restaurant located at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, has received the 2012 Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The restaurant is one of just 878 restaurants across 50 states to receive this award in recognition of its top quality wine list. Sale e Pepe has been honored with this prestigious award for seven consecutive years, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Since 1981, Wine Spectator has honored the world’s best wine lists. The Best of Award of Excellence recognizes those restaurants offering a wine list of 400 or more selections, with significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions. The complete list of award winners will be featured in the August issue of Wine Spectator.

Sale e Pepe operates under the experienced guidance and direction of Executive Chef Guiliano Matarese A former Executive Chef at Convivio and Chef de Partie at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, a Michelin-star restaurant in New York City, Chef Matarese brings his personal style and creative flare to the Southern Italian cuisine at Sale e Pepe.

Italy’s stunning culinary achievements, as well as its magnificent Renaissance art and architecture are celebrated at Sale e Pepe, the oceanfront restaurant on Marco Island, Florida. Diners are treated to an authentic cuisine rarely experienced outside Italy, with dishes prepared fresh daily by Chef Matarese. Born in Napoli, Italy, where he began his culinary passion at age 3, Matarese began cooking at their family restaurant and then he began to explore different regional expressions in Sardegna, Veneto and Lago di Garda before moving to New York City, and now calls Marco Island his home.

Sale e Pepe is enjoyed by Marco Beach Ocean Resort guests, locals and residents of Fiddler’s Creek, especially those who take the opportunity to join The Tarpon Club. Member benefits include complimentary valet, onsite concierge, dining discounts, priority seating, extensive social calendar and beach privileges at Marco Beach Ocean Resort.  The Tarpon Club Marina includes a full-service marina with direct access to the Gulf, wet slip storage and a state-of-the-art Dry Boat Storage Facility, with 25,000 square feet and accommodations for up to 150 boats. All wet slips within The Tarpon Club Marina are available for rental to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Winner of the “Best Community” in the 2012 Southwest Florida Readers’ Choice Awards, Fiddler’s Creek is a private, master-planned, residential community offering unsurpassed elegance amongst a tropical setting. Amenities offered at Fiddler’s Creek include a 54,000 square foot Club & Spa, fitness center, resort style multi-pool swimming complex, tot lot, tennis courts, restaurants, and a very active social calendar including gala parties, concerts, dinner shows, clubs and classes.

Fiddler’s Creek homeowners also have the opportunity to join The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek.  The 18-hole signature Creek Course designed by acclaimed golf course architect Arthur Hills offers a premier golf experience. Golf Club members can participate in member-only and member-guest golf tournaments, designed to bring family, friends and fellow golf enthusiasts together. The Creek Course joins the ranks of the top-rated golf courses being included in Golfweek’s Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses listing for a seventh, consecutive year.

Fiddler’s Creek community is located off of Collier Boulevard on your way to Marco Island. For information on Fiddler’s Creek community, The Golf Club and The Tarpon Club, please call (239) 732-9300, stop by the Sales Center located at 8152 Fiddler’s Creek Parkway or visit

Reservations are preferred at Sale e Pepe and can be made by calling the restaurant at 239-393-1600. Seasonal specials are available online by visiting

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