Cosimo’s Trattoria & Bar
Cosimo’s, has new owners! The new name is Cafe Barbosso. We will post a new review soon.
Tucked away in the back corner of a strip mall off of Clark Road, Cosimo’s Trattoria & Bar may be hard to find for the first-time visitor. However, for many in Sarasota, Cosimo’s is their choice for casual family dining. A relatively large space, Cosimo’s offers an open kitchen with a brick oven, a large bar area, a good sized dining room and an outdoor patio. The open, high ceilings add to the restaurant’s large feel; however, warm tones and cozy booths add a great deal of warmth.Even though there’s a slight “mall-like” feel, make no mistake; this is a family-run business. Offering a wide range of food and drink options at reasonable prices is a great start, but how good is the food?
For our meals, we chose the following:
House Salad: Baby greens, romaine, baby tomatoes and red onion, served with our homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Small $3.99, Medium $5.99, Large $7.99We chose a small sized salad to start our meal. It was fresh, colorful and a great value.Caesar Salad: Romaine lettuce, seasoned croutons, and shaved parmigiano with our homemade Caesar dressing. Small$3.99, Medium $5.99, Large $7.99Fresh, crispy and creamy — the salad had very good flavor and the right amount of tang.Fried Calamari: Seasoned with a house blend of spices and flash fried and served with spicy marinara sauce or sweet Thai chili sauce. $9.99Well prepared, lightly fried, fresh, tender and not too greasy. A very generous portion for the price. Great appetizer for sharing.Grilled Asparagus: Fresh grilled asparagus topped with lemon-infused olive oil, roasted red peppers and asiago cheese. $9.99Also served with endive and mixed greens. Fresh and grilled perfectly — another big portion. Great side dish for sharing.Pasta e Fagioli: Hearty pureed bean soup with pasta and Parmigiano cheese. Cup $2.99 Bowl $4.99Thick, rich and creamy broth with an earthy flavor and viscous texture.Turkey Caprese Wrap: Sliced roasted turkey breast and fresh mozzarella cheese with baby salad greens, tomato and pesto sauce in a whole wheat wrap. $8.99A bit disappointing. The description raised our expectations, but the sandwich was rather ordinary.Wood Fired – Brick Oven Polpette (Meatball) Pizza: NY style with sliced meatballs, roasted red peppers, herbed ricotta and mozzarella cheese. 12” $12.49A thin, crispy crusted pizza, nicely topped with real NY flavor.Cosimo’s Famous Meatballs: In marinara with parmigiano. Side $4.99Soft, tender, well-seasoned, not overly spiced, stick-to-the-ribs comfort food.Potato Gnocchi: Tossed with pancetta, onions, mushrooms, garlic, herbs, sun dried tomatoes and arugula in a rich beef broth. $15.99A generously sized portion. Earthy broth adds rich flavor to mild gnocchi. A tad salty, but quite good.Grilled Marinated Pork Chops: Center cut, served with mango chutney, wilted spinach and sweet potato fries. 1 chop $14.99, 2 chops $19.99Complete meal. Pork was moist and tender, and the marinade and mango chutney added layers of sweetness.Pollo Saltimbocca: Two chicken breasts topped with prosciutto, sage and mozzarella cheese, served with herb-roasted potatoes and sautéed spinach. $14.99A sweet, slightly salty flavor with a subtle hint of sage. Although roasted to a nice color, the potatoes were a bit soggy and lacked flavor.
Every month Cosimo’s changes their “special night deals”….Happy Hour, Family Value Meals, wine specials, etc. Check it out!