Sarasota: good seafood, Italian, ice cream
My wife and I are going to be in the Sarasota/Siesta Key area for 5 days. I'd like to get some recommendations for good seafood and Italian restaurants. We'll probably have some casual meals, but also will have have a nice dinner or two. This will be our first time to the area; it would be great to hear about a couple lesser known places that we should try. Also, does anyone know of a place in the area that has good, homemade ice cream or gelato. Thanks.
Here is my opinion for the best Italian in Sarasota:
Divino on Main St
Galilio on Stickey Point Road
For home made Gelato, there is a Italian Ice Cream place on St Armands Circle that is excellent, but do now know the name. I will try to find out. Its superb to anything.
There is a Caffe Classico on Tamiami Trail for gelato, Kilwin's on St. Armand's Circle has the best ice cream, and Cafe Baci on Tamiami Trail is the best Italian.
Ice Cream- Big Olaf on Siesta Key
Seafood- Phillipi Creek Oyster Bar (more than just oysters. I liked the steamed shrimp)
For Italian the best in Sarasota is:
Gallialo on Stickney Point Road
Divino on Main St
Cafe Baci is way too commercial and for tourists
Derek's is the noisyest restaurant in Sarasota and food is just OK
Captain Brians or Barnicle Bills is the best seafood in the area.
Big Olaf has stores all around the Sarasota area and is very good.
While you are here, please try YODER'S on Baiha Vista....Wow-you will love it. Its open for 3-meals daily except Sunday and especially known for their desserts.
Let us know how you made out after your trip. We like to hear if our suggestions worked out as well as they were intended too.
For lunch try Citrus Cafe on the corner of Pineapple and Orange.