Puglia is known for its orecchiette pasta, which translates to "little ears."

Puglia is known for its orecchiette pasta, which translates to "little ears."

Puglia, or Apulia as it's often spelled in English, makes up the heel of the boot of the Italian peninsula. An important agricultural area, it's commonly known as the breadbasket of Italy, an important supplier of olive oil and wheat that is used to make all types of pastas and breads. Now, a newish Sarasota restaurant, Vino-Vino, is paying tribute to pugliese cuisine with a mix of pastas and fish and meat entrées.

An orechiette dish at Vino-Vino.

Vino-Vino opened right at the end of 2020. The menu makes much use of orecchiette, the pasta shape that gets its name from resembling "little ears," which can be dressed in a number of ways. The menu also highlights cavatelli pastas, fish like red snapper and grouper, and meats like chicken, beef and veal.

The restaurant stocks more than 100 varieties of Italian wine and dozens of types of cheeses, including some made with sheep and goat milks. Every Monday, the restaurant is offering a prix fixe meal that includes an appetizer, pasta, entrée and dessert for $30 per person.

Vino-Vino is located at 2063 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, and is open 5-10:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Reservations are encouraged. For more info, call (941) 330-9684 or visit the restaurant's website.

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