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Dining on the Key
hether you seek a romantic candle-lit supper at a Zagat-rated restaurant, a quaint Old Florida ex- perience or a casual eatery to bring the whole family after some fun in the sun, Longboat Key has won- derful options. Restaurant hours vary but the Key has ample choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, and brunch on weekends.
Many restaurants are as celebrated for their wa- terfront views as they are for their inventive menus. Blessed with both Gulf-front and bay-front estab- lishments, some feature outdoor dining and a num- ber are even accessible by boat. Spectacular sunsets and balmy breezes add to the pleasure of dining outside.
Most eateries capitalize on having two bodies of water in their backyards and specialize in fresh, local seafood. The grouper is exceptional (several restaurants have famed grouper sandwiches and
J 15 South Ristorante Enoteca, Inc. Joseph Casadio (941) 388-1555
15 South Blvd. of Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236
An authentic Italian restaurant and bar with live music, in business more than 11 years. A granite bar and wood bar stools greet you before you notice the restaurant’s 600 wines. Owner Jo- seph Casadio, a 40-year restaurateur and former cruise line sommelier, might recommend one of his favorite wines, a tap beer, or a premium cock- tail. Join guests in the Piano Bar every night of the week for something sure to please your ear. You can also venture upstairs to the Nightclub, offering many performances throughout the week. Enjoy the live Jazz music on Monday and Thursday evenings with full dinner service and a specially priced menu.
entrees). When stone crab’s in season (October 15- May 15), it’s another excellent choice.
World cuisines abound, with restaurants serv- ing dishes with Cuban, German, Indian and Asian flair, coupled with American favorites like steak and overstuffed sandwiches. Of course, there’s pizza, vegetarian options and children’s menus, too.
St. Armands Circle and Lido Key hotels provide a diverse mélange of dining possibilities. Libations also abound and so do beautiful spots to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the region’s natural splen- dor. There’s no shortage of Happy Hours or wine se- lections on the Key. Several restaurants offer catering services and have the capacity to host pri- vate parties and events. d
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J Amore’ Liana Vitorino (941) 383-1111 446 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
This casual, comfortable establishment fea- tures a spacious outdoor covered dining patio with a generous bar (Happy Hour 4:30-6:30), and live music every night. There are also two indoor dining rooms, for smaller groups up to 44 peo- ple, each with an individual decor. Menu choices are varied and include: Escargots Amore’, rack of Lamb, Linguini Pescatore and Tagliatelle Bolog- nese. Elegant desserts are prepared table-side.
Owner Howard Rooks, along with the man- agement team of career restaurateurs Tito and Liana Vitorino, are looking foreard to welcom- ing old as well as new patrons to the brand-new Amore’ Restaurant!
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