Clásico in downtown Sarasota was slated to undergo a thorough overhaul later this summer, but co-owner Raffaele Perna says that because of the COVID-19 shutdown, he decided to use the downtime to get a jumpstart on the renovations. The restaurant recently debuted a new look and a new menu designed by a new chef.
The renovation of both the space and the menu is the result of a new ownership arrangement between Perna, Kevin Enderle and Richard Rivera, as well as the addition of new executive chef Raymond Ortiz.
Perna says the new vibe is styled after Italian chophouses—restaurants that offer Italian mainstays like pastas and pizzas, plus grilled steaks, pork chops and more. Clásico has also added a new piano for entertainment and has upgraded its cocktail offerings. Perna says it's the restaurant's first extensive refresh since it opened roughly eight years ago.
"We've made Clásico a better version of what it was," says Perna. Whether you're a regular or haven't been there in years, he promises, "You'll really be surprised."
Clásico is located at 1341 Main St., Sarasota, and is open 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday. For more info, call (941) 957-0700 or visit the restaurant's website.