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SRQ DAILY Apr 23, 2024

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"We came down here about three years ago and knew there was something missing in regard to the pizza in the area."

- Steven Bordes, Co-owner of Capo Pazzo Pizzeria

[The Dish]  Savor a Slice of New York at Capo Pazzo Pizzeria
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

From deep dish to Margherita, everyone loves to put their spin on the beloved pizza. One of America’s most treasured varieties is New York-style pizza, which Capo Pazzo Pizzeria is serving up in Gulf Gate. The eatery just won gold for best pizza and an honorable mention for best pasta in SRQ Magazine's annual Best of Competition. 

“We came down here about three years ago and knew there was something missing in regard to the pizza in the area,” Steven says. “There was a need for New York-style pizza in Sarasota. We had some good ideas and good partners in New York who were willing to come down and help us.” He and his wife Melissa relocated to Sarasota from New York and last September opened Capo Pazzo, which has become a local favorite for pizza, pasta, salads and more. Steven runs the restaurant along with Eric Montpetit, and Melissa heads up social media and marketing. The Sarasota-based team also works with business partners Rino Bresciani and Stephen Menna, located in New York. “Our pizza has a thin crust and a sweet sauce, and we use the best ingredients in regard to our flour. It’s double-zero Italian flour. We use Grande, which is the best mozzarella cheese that you can buy. If people know pizza, and they know that you’re serving Grande, you can’t buy any better than that,” he adds. The restaurant is committed to ensuring freshness and quality in every bite. “There’s extra work involved in everything we do,” he says. “It’s not like we’re getting it in a bag or can; we’re cooking it in-house.”

When diners enter the restaurant, they’ll be transported to New York City. As an introduction, Steven recommends guests try the Classic NY Style Pizza or the Margherita, which are more traditional options. After getting their feet wet, many guests opt for specialty pies, like the Prosciutto Arugula with Parmigiano Reggiano, lemon and truffle oil, or the Donnie Brasco, which features pepperoni and spicy sausage. Pastas such as the Potato Gnocchi with white truffle cream sauce and Penne Alla Vodka are crowd pleasers as well. From the appetizer menu, the Arancini Rice Balls, filled with melty mozzarella, are a standout. “That has the most love that we put into any appetizer because it’s a very slow process, especially cooking with risotto. I would say that’s the most labor-intensive,” he says.

Onsite diners will enjoy their meal in a setting evocative of the Big Apple, but guests can also order delivery via the Capo Pazzo app, which is available for Apple and Android products. For their first order, they’ll receive a 20 percent discount. “We brought it back to an old-school pizza parlor in New York. I have a lot of customers who are in their 60s and 70s and feel like they’re brought back home to Queens and the Bronx and the smells. It’s a black-and-white traditional place, we have pictures of Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren and Pavarotti,” Steven adds. “There have been a couple of times where people have mentioned or they walked in and said ‘Wow, I feel like I’m back home,’ and they’re referring to New York City.”

Capo Pazzo Pizzeria, 2053 Reynolds St. Sarasota, 941-487-8677, capopazzo.com. Visit Capo Pazzo Pizzeria on Facebook and Instagram for menu updates and specials. 

Pictured: Pizza, salad and other specialties from Capo Pazzo Pizzeria. Photo by Photo Guru SRQ.

Capo Pazzo Pizzeria

[Grand Opening]  Daiquiri Deck Hits Home Run with New Location Inside Tropicana Field

 Daiquiri Deck, an iconic bar and casual restaurant that delivers a quality experience, great times and good vibes, is pleased to announce it is now a proud partner of the Tampa Bay Rays, opening its sixth location inside Tropicana Field. Baseball fans can now sip on frozen daiquiris in the flavors of strawberry, margarita and non-alcoholic electric lemonade within Tropicana Field, with a brick-and-mortar bar in the First Base Food Hall and servers delivering frozen drinks to stadium seats. Through its partnership, Daiquiri Deck has provided its patent pending proprietary technology and machines to the stadium, allowing for fresher and more consistent drinks. Large tanks sit in walk-in coolers and through a long draw filling system, they allow for automatic filling of machines, reducing mess and injuries. The technology fills drink machines automatically with citrus and fruit preservation technology, self-cleaning and remote data viewing for inventory refilling and troubleshooting.   For guests who don’t want to miss any action during a game, servers will be moving throughout the stands carrying insulated trays and polycarbonate vessels, offering fans a unique pop top option, provided by Drinks2go, that comes sealed for freshness, allowing for the perfect frozen beverage to be delivered right to their seat. Daiquiri Deck is set to be a multi-year partner of the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The restaurant has five other locations in Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton Beach. 

[The Dish]  Cinco de Mayo Deals at Hooters

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Hooters is offering guests a special deal on Saturday, May 5.  Enjoy the festive combo deal of two Legendary “83” Margaritas made with Sauza Tequila and Tres Agaves and Tex Mex Nachos with fresh chips laded with cheese, chili, guacamole, lettuce, fresh pico de gallo, jalapenos, sour cream and avocado ranch for $20 at all South Florida Hooters locations. LTP Management, a Franchisee of Hooters of America, owns and operates 15 locations in South Florida. For more information about South Florida Hooters please visit www.HootersFlorida.com or follow us at Twitter @HootersFlorida, Instagram @SouthFLHooters and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hootersflorida/. 

[The Dish]  Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar Celebrates Summer Early with Creative Lunch Specials

The summer heat has come early this year so Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar wants to entice you with a new Lighter Side of Summer Menu specially crafted by award-winning Chef Pedro Florez. “I wanted to embrace the fresh flavors of the season while offering a variety of special ingredients to create a menu large of choices and tastes”, says Florez. Come enjoy a refreshing lunch and don’t forget about our creative tiki cocktails. All served with beautiful water views, indoors and out. Large parties are welcome. 

Pictured: The tuna poke bowl is made with sushi rice, cucumbers, carrots, sliced oranges, avocado, radish, cilantro and red onion, topped with a soy vinaigrette. Photo courtesy of Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar.

For full menu click here

[The Dish]  New Brunch Offerings at Bonefish Grill

Guests have two more reasons to love brunch at Bonefish Grill, which has revamped and reintroduced several popular menu items and made the event a two-day affair by adding Saturdays to the experience. The even more enticing combination of top-tier service, innovative dishes and expertly crafted cocktails makes this the perfect place for brunch besties to relax and connect any day of the weekend. “We’re excited to bring our guests their favorite Bonefish brunch offerings, now reimagined with innovative twists and an additional day to enjoy them," said Mark Graff, President of Bonefish Grill." The weekend offers a craveable collection of brunch entrées found only at Bonefish Grill, including their version of Eggs Benedict with Bang Bang Shrimp® Eggs Benedict, along with various other sweet and savory selections and a vibrant array of libations (including spirit-free choices) to sip and share. Brunch is served at Bonefish Grill every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To find your closest spot to grab your crew and catch up over a mouthwatering menu, visit www.bonefishgrill.com. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Al Fuller and The Moonlight Movers

Al Fuller and The Moonlight Movers are going to rock the outdoor stage at The Bazaaron Saturday, April 27th from 5:30-8:30pm. Plus, The Bazaar will stay open until 7pm. Al Fuller is no stranger to the Sarasota music scene. He has been singing, playing, and composing music for most of his life. His music ranges from original songs, rock and roll to blues. His band, the Moonlight Movers include Barry Sikes on bass guitar, and Rich MacDonald on drums. Get ready for some dancing to songs like The Thrill is Gone, T-Bone Shuffle, Paint My Mailbox Blue, Black Magic Woman, and other blues and rock classics. Hamlet’s Eatery will be open for dinner. Craft Beer, wine, Prosecco on tap are available for sale.

821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit, www.hamletseatery.com 

[SOON]  FOOD: Mothers Day Brunch , May 12, 10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm
Celebrate Mothers Day amid Mother Nature at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus. Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet catered by Michaels On East with a special performance by the female vocal trio The Vocalitas at each brunch seating. Tickets to Mothers Day Brunch grant you full access to our Downtown Sarasota campus to view our Spring Exhibition Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia OKeeffe before and/or after brunch. Check-in opens at 10:00 a.m. outside of the Welcome Center. Mothers Day Brunch takes place inside the Event Center. To learn more, visit selby.org.
[SOON]  FOOD: Late Night Happy Hour at Geckos on Hillview Street , November 29 – May 31, 10pm-Midnight
Join your friends, after-work buddies and the team at Geckos for our new Late Night Happy Hours. Every Friday and Saturday from 10 pm to Midnight, we will offer food, wine, cocktails and beer specials sure to prolong your weekend fun. Join us and ask your friendly barkeep or server about our Late Night Happy Hours. ONLY at Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village. GeckosGrill.com.
[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place , July 28 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Head out to Waterside Place for a rocking evening as part of the Lakewood Ranch Sights and Sounds Program. Enjoy a live concert in partnership with Easterseals and EveryoneRocks, featuring artists who are rocking their spectrum. This event is free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants. For more information on shows, dates, and times, visit lakewoodranch.com/sights-sounds/. Waterside Place, 1560 Lakefront Dr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Market Returns , October 7 – May 25, 9am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is happy to announce the return of the Bradenton Market to its weekly schedule. This beloved community gathering will be held Saturdays through May 25, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street in Bradenton. Founded in 1979, the Market has expanded to include more than 90 local vendors. In addition to the weekly shopping and music, the Market hosts special event days throughout the season. Halloween at the Market will be held on Saturday, October 28. This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 am. For more information, visit RealizeBradenton.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Art , February 1 – January 31, 5:30-8pm
Longtime friends Chef Charles Amherst of Chaz 51 Steakhouse in Venice and Barbara Gerdeman, co-founder of Creative Liberties Artist Studios in Sarasota, have joined forces to create a series of interactive live art dinner showcases called A Taste of Art. The first of these events takes place Thursday, February 1, 5:30-8 p.m., at Chaz 51 Steakhouse, 549 US 41 Bypass N, Venice. The events will continue on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Guests who visit Chaz 51 on these evenings will be able to witness the creation of captivating works of art in real-time. To make a reservation, call Chaz 51 Steakhouse at 941-484-6200. To find out which artists are scheduled for February, check out the calendar at CreativeLiberties.net.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Space Saturdays , March 2 – December 7, 10am-2:30pm
Join us for Space Saturday, the first Saturday of every month, as we explore a different topic in the world of astronomy. During Space Saturdays, you will discover an out-of-this-world activity during Backyard Science, formerly Science Sprouts, in The Mosaic Backyard Universe, explore space with a staff astronomer during KidSpace in The Planetarium, and finish your day with an astronomy-themed story during Tales Under the Tree. To learn more, visit bishopscience.org.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: Free Second Sundays , March 10 – December 8, 11am-5pm
Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum. On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances, and art-making activities for the whole family. To learn more, visit sarasotaartmuseum.org.
[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Family Saturdays , March 23 – May 25, 10am-12pm
Kids and kids at heart can enjoy fun art and nature activities on Saturday mornings, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on March 23, April 27, and May 25. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to noon each day, and participation is included in admission to the Gardens, which is always free for Selby Gardens members. These Family Saturdays celebrate the current exhibition on view, Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia OKeeffe. Several activity stations with different art-focused projects will be set up in the Ann Goldstein Childrens Rainforest Garden during each monthly event. The goal is to invite kids of all ages to explore the artwork of Yayoi Kusama and Georgia OKeeffe through activities that also connect them to the natural environment. Admission to Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus is $26 for adults, $11 for ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under. Tickets may be purchased online in advance at selby.org. Selby Gardens members always receive complimentary admission as well as discounts for guests. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit selby.org.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: Watermelon Regatta , April 5 – May 19, Various times

The Ringling unveils the newly restored Watermelon Regatta painting on view for a limited time only. Over seven years ago, conservators at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art began a comprehensive examination of the Watermelon Regatta, a fascinating early 18th-century Italian painting that had suffered significant damage. This extended study led to a painstaking conservation treatment that commenced in 2017 and has been carried out intermittently since that time. The painting conservators at The Ringling were assisted by several conservation Interns and Fellows, as well as contracted conservators. This oil painting on canvas has been attributed to The Master of the Fertility of the Egg, a name used by art historians for an as-yet unidentified painter active in northern Italy around 1700. His works typically represent the world reversed, with animals doing things that humans do. His absurd compositions satirize the madness, vanity, and ridiculous folly of human life, but in a spirit of comic levity and fun. To learn more, visit ringling.org.

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