Crawford plans Tuscan-inspired design to flavor DeRosa’s Gourmet Market & Restaurant


BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (August 8, 2013) – Warm Mediterranean hues, intricate stonework and mosaic tiles will create a taste of old Tuscany at DeRosa’s Gourmet Market & Restaurant, the first of its kind in Southwest Florida. Patricia Crawford, principal of Crawford + Associates, has developed an interior design commensurate with the owner’s vision for the 15,000-square-foot gourmet marketplace opening at The Promenade in Bonita Bay this November.

Inspired by family history, founder and CEO Francis J. Cuomo selected Crawford to help him establish an inviting ambience to welcome guests to this unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

“Like an old world village, the market will be imbued with the earthy aromas of fresh meats, cheeses, produce, wine and freshly baked bread,” said Crawford. “We will create the look of old Tuscany, dense with color and texture.”

The interiors will be architecturally intertwined from space to space incorporating granite and brickwork, iron archways, swooping canopies, wood-slated window coverings and much more.

Conceived as a “feast for the eyes,” DeRosa’s will include a gourmet market and full authentic Italian bakery, a 300-seat casual-dining restaurant, an outdoor bar and seating area, an in-store wine cellar, catering services and gourmet gift baskets. A cozy coffee shop will offer homemade gelato and sorbet. DeRosa’s meat counter will have the feel of an old fashioned butcher shop and will feature New York style family recipes. Although DeRosa’s leans toward authentic Italian cuisine, they offer a wide variety of products from around the world.

About Crawford Designs (
Founded by Patricia L. Crawford, Crawford + Associates Interior Design is known for such notable projects as the lobby and dining areas in the Moraya Bay Beach Tower, the Turtle Club Restaurant and residences in Moraya Bay, The Dunes, Bay Colony and Cap Ferrat. She also owns Bay 170 Design Boutique, a retailer of distinctive, high style contemporary items created by individuals and small businesses sourced in North America. Bay 170, is located in The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples, FL. For more information: call (239) 596-3299 or
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About DeRosa’s Gourmet Market & Restaurant
Francis J. Cuomo has more than 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry and has owned five other restaurants and catering concepts both in Florida and New York. His love and passion for food grew from Sunday family dinners at his Mom’s house (Momma DeRosa) where his mother, grandmother, aunts and four sisters would all cook for his large family (Cuomo is one of 10 children). Cuomo’s grandmother continues to influence him today as the name, DeRosa’s was coined in 2001 after her family name. For more information, call (239) 325-3583.