Plates down, forks up: Hipster chef storms Neapolitan culinary scene

Ryan Flood brings pop-up dining to Southwest Florida; 'I want to entertain people with food.'

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- Florida alligator is served with purple yam, guava berry, tarragon, crunchy green peas, basil oil and grapefruit dust at the underground dining club 13 Dozen on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.  Chef Ryan Flood has opened the popup restaurant after hours in The Cafe near Fifth Avenue South where he will be cooking meals for 13 diners at a time.

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David Albers/Staff - Florida alligator is served with purple yam, guava berry, tarragon, crunchy green peas, basil oil and grapefruit dust at the underground dining club 13 Dozen on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Chef Ryan Flood has opened the popup restaurant after hours in The Cafe near Fifth Avenue South where he will be cooking meals for 13 diners at a time.

Let's get one thing out of the way. The gator. The kind that goes "chomp-chomp" and eats Bulldogs who wander into the Swamp? The same kind that was on the menu at 13Dozen by Flood Friday night? There was gator. And it was delicious.

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