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.
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.
Lesser known Italian restaurant is called Gios. There are a couple of locations - one in Ellenton near outlet mall and the other in Bradenton right off I75 on the SR70 exit. They have great pizzas there.
I like Kilwins in St. Armands for ice cream & home made peanut brittle