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Sarasota...Disappointing new Italian Bistro Figliulo

definiteopinions Oct 27, 2011 06:35 PM

OK, foodies on the hunt for new fab pizza and such.

Figliulo--on Siesta Drive in Sarasota.

Great reviews. High expectations, for food at LEAST. Reality.......not so good. Ambience is slightly above fluorescent, (the lights are NOT florescent, but not well designed for bright/soft) (TV included) Service nice, not abrasive, sweet, pretty ineffective; management present (sometimes glued to the TV) but clueless, (think (everything OK? Oh, good, they’re fixing it—no follow up) and food a C. Caesar was good. Truffle ‘packet” had flavor but pasta was chewy and too thick Here, underdone crust on pizza AND on calzone. They took it back—rebaked – so toppings and fillings totally dry and chewy. Crust? Still not done. Follow up? No. Adjustment of bill? No . Of course, we asked, and an adjustment was made for one item, Any follow-up by management to see if we were OK? No. Just a cheery “goodbye” as we departed. Goodbye. They were right. Could improve, but ......

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    irwin Oct 28, 2011 06:20 AM

    He ain't going to make it......
    There are way too many other places that care and are very good.
    Thankyou for the write-up. This is how we learn.....

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    1. re: irwin
      Mother of four Nov 1, 2011 08:29 PM

      From that review it doesn't seem like he deserves to make it!! Have you been to any of the new restaurants that have recently opened? The one in the old Zoria's on Main, the one across the street which used to be Urben Reef, the one that was the Canvas Cafe? Actually I'm not sure if any of them have opened yet, just heard they were.

      1991 Main St Ste 118, Sarasota, FL 34236

      1. re: Mother of four
        definiteopinions Nov 2, 2011 04:53 AM

        I have not been to those yet, though Indigenous, which is in the old Canvas location, is on my short list!! Open now. "Eat Here" is also supposed to open a location downtown, though do not know if it has opened yet--original location on Anna Maria.

        Just went to a wonderful new Indian restaurant, on So Tamiami -- 7 Hills Cuisine of India, 7119 So Tamiami, where Morocco used to be. Only did buffet, but will go back. Will do separate review -- it's only been open a week. Chef was very good, trained in India, first restaurant here, though has had others in other parts of the US. Raj, nice man, glad to talk about the intricacies of his food. It's good, really hope they make it. Apparently no marketing yet.

        1. re: definiteopinions
          lattelover Nov 2, 2011 02:02 PM

          Duvals in downtown Sarasota is now open. It is on Main across from the Kress building. I happened to be going by and saw the chef and another guy (owner?).outside. I asked when they were open and they said they are open now, both for lunch and for dinner. They are going through a "soft" opening. I plan on going this week-end.

          1. re: lattelover
            Mother of four Nov 2, 2011 07:38 PM

            I wish them luck. We used to really enjoy going there when it was in Gulf Gate...not so much when they moved to Weber and then to 41. On 41 they always seemed to be out of fish by seven at night...I mean really, is that considered late dinning? Do they still have the restaurant on 41?

          2. re: definiteopinions
            Mother of four Nov 2, 2011 07:33 PM

            Yes, "Eat Here" is opening in the old Urben Reef across from the old Zoria's . Anxious to try that one.

            1991 Main St Ste 118, Sarasota, FL 34236

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        bobinken Jan 20, 2012 09:05 AM

        We found the service to be quite good but you can't survive on service....the food mostly,was not very good....tasted and looked like it was prepared by a less than second rate chef..blech...will not return.

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        1. re: bobinken
          bobinken Jan 20, 2012 09:07 AM

          I was referring to Bistro Figliulo in the above post.

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          messhall6869 Jan 29, 2012 11:53 AM

          My wife and I ate here about three weeks ago. We used a Restaurant.com certificate. We found the two-for-one drinks hard to beat. We each had a salad and an entree. All the food was good and the service was fine. While the decor may need some upgrading, we had an overall good experience. We plan returning and like the fact it is a locally-owed Italian Restaurant.

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            Sunnydown Apr 14, 2012 04:54 PM

            I ate there Tuesday night with a party of nine. Everyone ordered something different. The server was excellent, as was the cleanliness and ambiance. I ordered a moist, delicious salmon with dill sauce and grilled veggies. The pizza looked delicious and everyone enjoyed there own orders. My friend next to me had eggplant lasagne and it was a very generous portion and looked wonderful. My salad was much better than expected. Good and crunchy and fresh. I will be returning.

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