Sunday, February 8, 2009

Some Italian in Florida

I'm down in Sarasota for a little more than a week to see a couple of operas and generally relax. Yesterday afternoon before our first opera (Tosca, which was fantastic), we took a walk from our condo to a little area called St Armands Circle and sat down for lunch.

The restaurant is called Venezia, and we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food turned out to be. We were expecting some lite Italian fare, but we got a really amazing pizza, fresh homemade pasta, and a very good tiramisu, though not "the best we'd ever have" as the waitress sold it. Still, very good.

I had a "penne" in a tomato sauce with fresh mozarella that was really more of a rigatoni. fine by me, it was very good, and one of the first times I'd had fresh rigatoni.

My father had tagliatelle with mushrooms, also very good.

My stepmother ordered a four cheese pizza, which was good but a tiny bit soggy after a while thanks to all the oil from the cheeses. apologies for the poor angle on the picture. I rushed that a bit.

My stepmother's friend Sue had a panini with mushrooms, tomatoes, and fresh mozarella.

For dessert we shared a piece of the afformentioned tiramisu, which while good, wasn't spectacular. I prefer it to be a little more firm, and this was very soft. Just a preference of mine, though.

The prices were very reasonable, so consider Venezia to come highly recommended. If you're ever in St Armands Circle in Sarasota and want some good Italian, give it a try.

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