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Divieto Ristorante Estero Location Celebrates Four Years at Coconut Point Mall

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Divieto Ristorante - 23161 Village Shops Way 101, Estero, celebrates four years serving the Bonita Springs and Estero communities, having opened its doors at the Coconut Point Mall location back in the summer of 2017.

According to its website, "at Divieto you’ll find a casual dining experience with the quality and service you expect from a fine dining venue with a relaxed and welcoming environment. A wide selection of classic Italian favorites with a touch of American flare everyone will love."

Divieto is Italian for "prohibition." The restaurant offers a modern version of 1920's New York with a decor and vibe that take visitors back to "the thrilling years of flappers, Italian mobsters, and Prohibition that saw the cultural fusion that gave way to the second most loved cuisine in America."

The restaurant offers more than 70 signature Italian dishes—all made from scratch using local ingredients. The full bar showcases a wide selection of Italian, American, and international wines that pair with the many entrées, a traditional cocktail list, as well as a house list of 1920s-inspired drinks, custom created by the restaurant's own mixologist.

The Estero location offers outdoor seating and private dining for large groups. Catering and gift cards are also available. Delivery can be ordered via Uber Eats and reservations can be secured via Resy. The goal in mind of opening this location was to bring the success of the Doral location to a fast-growing and well-organized community with great potential for development and many visitors during the year.

As a family business, the ownership group and chefs have the luxury of creating a menu of traditional recipes with a unique twist. According to its website, some of the location's top menu items include the Lemon-Butter Sea Bass, thin-crust pizzas, signature Ruota di Parmigiano prepared tableside, and a homemade Caramello al Latte for dessert. The Mascarpone is a staff favorite, as well—penne pasta with sautéed blackened shrimp, chicken, carrots, mushrooms, and green peas, tossed in a garlic mascarpone cream sauce.

Most important to the owners of Divieto are its people—both customers and staff, and that focus helps them generate delightful, personalized dining experiences.

"We are a people-oriented restaurant that likes to dedicate time and training to our employees, providing them with a nice working environment to make them feel part of our family," said chief operations officer Santiago Lopez. "Investing in our people makes them take care of our guests like their own."

Divieto also locally supports first responders, local schools, and nonprofit organizations that dedicate their time to help others. When restaurants were forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic, Divieto started working with the Feed the Frontlines Miami movement, which is an organization that brings community-donated meals to first responders and companies supporting the cause.

"This helped us keep some employees working, at the same time we helped local hospitals in both counties Miami-Dade and Lee," Lopez said.

The restaurant has received relatively favorable reviews online, boasting 4.8 stars on Facebook (25 reviews), 4 stars on Yelp (329 reviews), 4 stars on Tripadvisor (317 reviews), and 4.5 stars on Google (695 reviews).

"The best restaurant in Lee County!" Yelp user Brooke B. posted on July 15, 2021. "I am a total foodie and this place rocks. Not only is the food a 10/10 but the service is absolutely impeccable..."

Divieto Ristorante is hosted by general manager Juan Jose Garcia and culinary manager Cesar Rodriguez. It is located at Coconut Point Mall, 23161 Village Shops Way 101, in Estero. It is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit or call 239-390-2977.

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