SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. (May 10, 2013) – Sanibel Island’s Il Cielo was recently recognized by Florida Governor Rick Scott for its safety and sanitation practices.

Meaning “the sky”, Il Cielo is located at 1244 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island and features eclectic fine dining as well as the more casual Cloud 9 Grille.

In a letter from Scott, he congratulated Il Cielo for being one of only 67 food service establishments in the state recognized during the most recent inspections conducted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for having no safety or sanitation violations during the past year.

“I applaud you and your employees for demonstrating such a high level of attention to detail and commitment to excellence,” wrote Scott.

Beginning May 1, Il Cielo will be open five nights a week, Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant also plans to bring back its baby grand piano to the Cloud 9 Grille and offer lighter summer fare and price-fixed early-dining options.

Il Cielo’s recently added happy-hour menu in its Cloud 9 Grille with specially priced appetizers and drink specials will remain in effect through the summer. From 4:30 to 6 p.m., patrons can enjoy eight appetizers priced at $6 each and two-for-one drink specials on all domestic bottled beer, well drinks and house wine selections.

After Memorial Day, live entertainment will begin in the Cloud 9 Grille on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. A three-course $35 per person price-fixed menu, complete with one bottle of house wine per couple, will also be added Tuesday through Thursday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m.

In addition to the two dining areas, Il Cielo’s interior also allows space separate from the main dining room for private functions or community events as well as outdoor patio dining.

Il Cielo features a full liquor bar with a wide selection of wines as well as homemade desserts.

The casual Cloud 9 Grille, located in the lounge area of Il Cielo, is ideal for those seeking a nice, yet relaxed meal. The focal point of Cloud 9 is an original glasswork called “Cloud 9,” which separates the space from the main dining area. The sculpture is a 20 inches tall by 30 feet long rounded glass divided in six sections that sit atop a three-quarter rounded dividing wall with booth seating in the lounge and table seating on the opposite side.

Local glass sculptor Lucas Century created the one-of-a-kind piece for the restaurant. More than 15 of Century’s individual pieces of his fine glassware and original works are also featured throughout the restaurant and are available for purchase.

The compliment to Century’s glass works are the vibrant and colorful paintings by Jupiter artists Carmen Lagos and Gustavo Castillo that are hung throughout the restaurant, all of which are also for sale.

Menu items range from $4 to $38.

For more information, visit or call (239) 472-5555.