The place A classy sanctuary on bustling upper Main Street, Mediterraneo’s two-part space features a sunlit front room overlooking the sidewalk, as well as a stylish, spacious dining room hidden behind a glass-encased wine rack, with white linen on the tables and art on the walls.
The people Real estate moguls lunching with friends; tie-wearing attorneys and financial advisers meeting with clients.
Time factor The professional staff churns out beautiful plates before the bread basket is empty, so you can enjoy an efficient meal if you need to get back to the office. But this is also a lunch destination when time is not an issue.
The food The Mediterranean-inspired menu, with items listed in Italian first, spans the full lunch gamut, starting with salads, including a real Caesar, of course, as well as the Tropicale with arugula, hearts of palm, avocado and shaved Parmesan. There are also several sandwiches, all served on focaccia with side salad, a slew of pizzas and some entrées for the heartier appetites.
Mediterraneo | 1970 Main St., Sarasota. (941) 365-4122. mediterraneorest.com