La Ciociara

Primo Ristorante Has Closed. For Fans of Its Iconic Billboards, It's Another Example of a Vanishing Sarasota.

Chef-owner Maurizio Colucci looks back on the controversy that greeted the restaurant's billboards.

11/21/2022 By Isaac Eger

Origin Story

For Our Eat & Drink Editor, a Lifelong Obsession With Food Started With Just One Dish

"I haven’t been back to Italy in almost 15 years, but I still prepare my favorite dishes from the country at least weekly," Jackson says.

11/12/2022 Photography by Lauren Jackson

Little Italy

The Best Italian Restaurants in Sarasota

Sarasota has dozens and dozens of Italian restaurants. Here are the 22 best.

11/03/2022 By Lauren Jackson

Prize Possession

Sarasota Restaurant Wins Prestigious Wine Award

Marcello Ristorante Italiano recently received the "Best of the Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator

08/17/2022 By Bob McGinn

Feelin' Saucy

Fiorella Italian Bistro Is a Creative Addition to Sarasota's Italian Food Scene

The new restaurant offers an impressive Italian menu with subtle French influences.

08/11/2022 By Lauren Jackson

Pasta La Vista, Baby

Sarasota Chef Christopher Covelli Showed Off His Italian Roots on the Food Network This Weekend

Covelli showcased his Italian roots in the fast-paced cooking show.

08/01/2022 By Lauren Jackson

Brrr

A Sarasota Restaurant Is Changing the Frozen Pizza Game

One of our favorite pizza spots is selling their pies direct to your freezer.

05/11/2022 By Lauren Jackson

Beep Beep, Scoot Scoot

Sarasota Held Its First Vespa Parade This Weekend

On Sunday, the Sarasota chapter of the Vespa of America club joined other cities nationwide to celebrate the iconic scooters. It was adorable.

06/28/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Trend Report

We Made TikTok's Famous Baked Feta Pasta

This pasta dish has gone viral on the social media platform. Our writer wanted to see if it was worth the hype.

06/03/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Bumpy Ride

SRQ Airport Is Experiencing Record Growth. But What About Noise?

Some nearby residents are concerned about the increase in air traffic.

05/20/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Tuscan royalty

Meet Marcello Aquino, the King of Brunello

The wine room at Aquino's Marcello Ristorante Italiano must be seen to be believed.

02/17/2021 By Bob McGinn

Oops!

Wine Mix-Ups: More Common Than You Might Think

Local restaurateurs share stories of serving the wrong wines and other expensive mistakes.

11/03/2020 By Bob McGinn

Rising

New Pop-Up Restaurant Serves Sourdough Pizza and Other Italian Classics

Tralia is a family-run "virtual" restaurant that serves customers every Saturday.

08/10/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Spring Cleaning

Clásico Has a New Look, a New Menu and a New Chef

It's the restaurant's first extensive refresh since it opened roughly eight years ago.

06/16/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Health scare

Fundraising Dinners Will Help Local Chef With Lung and Brain Cancer

To help Lila's Arthur Lopes recover, friends have organized a GoFundMe campaign and the restaurant is planning two special meals to raise money.

06/08/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Many in the Food and Beverage Industry Are Facing an Uncertain Future

"We'll make it through somehow," says restaurateur Paul Caragiulo. "I mean, what choice do you have?"

03/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Small but mighty

Five Amazing Appetizers

Chef Judi often likes appetizers more than her main entrée. Here are five of her favorites.

03/09/2020 By Judi Gallagher

Weekly planner

An Italian Carnival, a Pressure Cooking Class and More of This Week's Best Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: yoga at a rooftop bar in Bradenton, a weekly grilling session and a Venice wine dinner.

02/19/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Good Luck Charm

Cotechino and Lentils Is the Delicious New Year's Tradition You Deserve

What's so special about this simple, luxurious meal? The memories.

12/19/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekly Planner

A Seafood Festival, a Food Truck Rally and More of This Week's Best Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: a walking food and history tour and a mermaid festival.

12/04/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson