Sanibel Island's Il Cielo announced its plans for its summer season including new hours, menu enhancements and entertainment additions.
Meaning "the sky" in Italian, Il Cielo, 1244 Periwinkle Way, features eclectic fine dining as well as the more casual Cloud 9 Grille.
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 remains 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.
"We believe in continuing to change and evolve as we move into different seasons and in response to our patrons' desires," said operations manager Erik Vandenburgh. "We will continue to offer innovative, flavorful dishes that represent local fresh ingredients."
According to Vandenburgh, after Memorial Day, live entertainment begins in the Cloud 9 Grille on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7-10 p.m. A three-course $35 per person price-fixed menu, complete with one bottle of house wine per couple, also will be added Tuesday through Thursday evenings 5-6 p.m.
"Chef Neil is finalizing our summer menu that will include smaller plates, lighter fare with local, fresh fruits and produce, summer dessert selections and family friendly menu options," said Vandenburgh. "With the later summer sunsets, we will be serving dinner until 10 p.m. so patrons can come for an early meal or dine with us later."
In addition to the two dining areas, Il Cielo's interior allows space separate from the main dining room for private functions or community events as well as outdoor patio dining.
Menu items range from $4 to $38.
For more information, visit www.ilcielosanibel.com or call (239) 472-5555.