Sale e Pepe Earns 11th Consecutive Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence

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Sale e Pepe, the gourmet Italian restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, has earned its 11th consecutive Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

Sale e Pepe

Sale e Pepe, the gourmet Italian restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, has earned its 11th consecutive Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

Sale e Pepe is the only restaurant on Marco Island to receive the prestigious award for its top-quality wine list and is among an elite group of only 1,093 Best of Award of Excellence recipients worldwide. Honorees must offer a wine list of typically 350 or more selections; consistently provide a superior presentation; and display either vintage depth – with several vertical offerings of top wines – or excellent breadth across several wine regions. Wine Spectator’s Annual Dining Guide includes a complete list of Best of Award of Excellence recipients, showcasing winners from all over the globe as top destinations for wine lovers. Wine Spectator has honored the world’s best wine lists since 1981, recognizing restaurants whose vintage offerings include interesting selections, are appropriate to the cuisine, and appeal to wide range of wine connoisseurs.

Sale e Pepe’s listing on the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards website notes the Gulf-front restaurant offers 475 selections and a 4,500-bottle inventory.

Located within the award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, Sale e Pepe offers authentic, elegant Italian cuisine overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with alfresco dining on The Terrace, or elegant dining indoors, surrounded by magnificent Renaissance-inspired art and architecture. Executive Chef Alessio Selleri – born and raised in the town of Campi Salentina in southeastern Italy – works with his culinary team to create a menu reminiscent of his homeland. Selleri and his team work with the freshest ingredients, complemented by South Florida’s fresh produce and seafood, to create a dining experience that embraces the culinary traditions of southern Italy in a unique and progressive style, from preparation to presentation.

Sale e Pepe has been recognized as a AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant each year since 2006 and was recently ranked No. 2 among Marco Island’s top restaurants on USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Reservations are preferred at Sale e Pepe and can be made by calling 239-393-1600 or visiting

Marco Beach Ocean Resort is a 92-suite beachfront boutique resort offering 77 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom suites, each offering a kitchenette; distinct, spacious living areas; and private balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico or lush garden terraces.

Known for its intimate environment and personalized service, the resort features a variety of dining options, including beachfront casual; a spa and fitness center; swimming pool; and direct access to four miles of the island’s famed sugar-sand beaches. The resort’s location and amenities make it the perfect choice for vacations, destination weddings and executive business meetings.

Overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Beach Ocean Resort is a designated AAA Four Diamond resort and was ranked No. 16 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards List of Top Resorts in the continental U.S. In 2015, the resort earned the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award; was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 25 resorts in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico and Central regions; was named among the top 400 hotels worldwide by Expedia+ members; and was inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.

Developed by one of the Gulf Bay® Group of Companies, Marco Beach Ocean Resort is located at 480 South Collier Blvd. on Marco Island. Shopping, entertainment and dining are all within walking distance; golf, boating, fishing, kayaking and nature tours are nearby. For additional information or to make reservations, call 239-393-1400 or toll-free at 800-715-8517, or visit Aubrey J. Ferrao is President of Gulf Bay Group of Companies.

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