• Cape Coral, Florida
    Ristorante Italiano

    Spend an evening with us and we will treat you like our family!

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  • Cape Coral, Florida
    Ristorante Italiano

    Chef Dario's world renowned creations. Tuna Steak "Ariani", eggplant turnover, Istrian salad, fresh seafood, and steaks so tender you only need a fork.

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  • Cape Coral, Florida

    Upon entering the Ariani dining area, one notices the beautiful murals depicting the lovely, textured landscapes and architecture of Chef Dario's birthplace that adorn the walls.

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about ariani
Welcome to Ariani
Ariani's Story

Located in Cape Coral, Florida, right in the heart of the state’s Southwest region, Ariani was named among the Top 500 restaurants in the state for the third consecutive year. Tourists, locals, and dining enthusiasts alike come to enjoy Chef Dario's special Northern Italian food preparations, sample his outstanding selection of fine wines, and take in the casual and comfortable dining experience that is a staple of Cape Coral life. All return frequently to experience the culinary talent and personal charm of Chef Dario, as he visits each table and shares his unique humor and an infectious laugh or two. In recent years, independent publications have also discovered the excellence of Chef Dario and Ariani Restaurant, awarding them with the Golden Fork Award and a Four Star Ranking for Food, Service, and Atmosphere—a truly remarkable and rare occurrence.

Chef Dario Zuljani

More than a Master Chef, Chef Dario is an artistic, natural teacher and larger-than-life personality. Born on the Istrian peninsula, a former Italian territory, Chef Dario is a life-long student of the Northern Italian cuisine on which he was reared. Many of his creative interpretations, based on the peasant foods and traditional dishes of Northern Italy, reflect his special approach to living and life which seems to complement their Mediterranean and Adriatic origins.