Executive Chef and Partner Vincenzo Betulia opened his restaurant, The French, Naples, Florida’s first traditional French brasserie, in January 2017. Paying homage to quintessential Parisian brasseries at the turn of the 19th century, The French transports guests to a sophisticated yet bustling atmosphere of custom embossed tin ceilings, oversized antiqued mirrors, red leather banquettes, black and white patterned mosaic floors, and hand painted, original murals on select walls, by local artist, Megan Young. A magnificent lighted indigenous “live” oak tree is the focal point of an expansive romantic outdoor dining area complete with marble tables and French bistro chairs, and an indoor/outdoor bar, the restaurant’s pièce-de-résistance.
Chef Vincenzo’s cooking philosophy is based on simplicity. Combining his passion for honest, simple and rustic cuisine, unique culinary skills and the use of a handful of carefully sourced ingredients, he created the dinner menu featuring a timeless brasserie repertoire of soupes et salades, premiers plats (appetizers), plats principals (entrees) and les garnitures (sides). Delicate pastries and decadent desserts are prepared by our in-house pastry chef, Maria Selas. The French offers a variety of French craft beers, classic craft cocktails and an extensive wine list with almost 200 labels, each tasted and hand selected by Chef Vincenzo and his team. Wines featured vary from value-driven hidden gems produced in small, family owned wineries to more popular Domaines and Châteaux.