SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. (June 4, 2013) – Sanibel Island’s Il Cielo has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
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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.
Located in the lounge area of Il Cielo, the Cloud 9 Grille 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.
Il Cielo recently added a 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.
Live entertainment occurs in the Cloud 9 Grille on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A three-course $35 per person price-fixed menu, complete with one bottle of house wine per couple, has also been 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.
Menu items range from $4 to $38.
Il Cielo is open five nights a week, Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.ilcielosanibel.com or call 239-472-5555.