Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar
Flavio’s: Iconic, casual Italian dining on Siesta Key…
An iconic Italian restaurant, Flavio’s Brick Oven and Bar has been serving its tasty fare for more than 20 years. Located in the heart of the Siesta Key Village, the restaurant maintains an understated island charm. With multiple seating options, one can have a pizza and beer in the bar area, a traditional multi-course Italian dinner in the white-table-cloth dining room or something in between on the outdoor patio.
The menu also offers diners a wide range of choice. Large but not overwhelming, the menu consists of salads, hot and cold appetizers, pastas, traditional Italian entrees, specials of the day and brick oven pizzas.
For our meals, we chose the following:
Insalata Ortolana: Spring mix, tomato, cucumbers and black olives. $7.95A very simple salad and a great start to a wonderful meal. All ingredients were fresh and crisp.Peoci alla Veneziana: Fresh mussels sauteed with garlic and tomato. $11.50The perfect little starter. Very fresh and flavorful. The fresh parsley was a great addition.Antipasto Misto: A rich selection of Italian delicacies for two. $14.95The plate is filled with all the usual suspects, plus quiche and fried mozzarella. So many options — perfect for sharing. One of the best antipastos in town.Arugola e Parmiggiano: Arugula with shaved parmesan and tomato. $9.95A wonderfully fresh salad, which was tangy, sharp and sweet.Pizza Margherita: Tomato, mozzarella and basil. $12.95Wood-fired, thick crust, chewy and topped with a well-balanced mixture of tomato and cheese.Fettuccine alla Carbonara: Pancetta bacon, eggs, cream and parmesan. $17.95Many wonderful flavors in this dish. Creamy and salty with an al dente texture and a bit cheesy.Paccheri con Ragu e Fungi: Paccheri, meat sauce and mushrooms. $16.95Rich, hearty, warm and earthy. A perfect winter pasta.Gnocchi alla Vodka: Potato dumplings with vodka pink sauce. $17.95The gnocchi were perfectly prepared: tender, light — almost fluffy — with a classic velvety rich vodka sauce.Orecchiette con Cime Di Rape: Ear-shaped pasta with rapini and sausage. $17.00A colorful, large portion with ground sausage, making it rich and flavorful. Pronounced onion flavor.Gamberoni alla Griglia: Large shrimp broiled served over spinach. $26.95The shrimp (5) and spinach were fresh and done perfectly. Even though this dish was delicious and healthy, it seemed a bit pricey for the amount served.Saltimbocca con Fontina: Veal topped with prosciutto and cheese. $24.95Thinly pounded veal, artistically plated, salty and savory flavor combination.Bucatini Pescatora: Mussels, clams and calamari with tomato garlic sauce. $21.95A beautiful presentation of fresh seafood in a rich, slightly spicy sauce.Pollo Boscaiola: Chicken breast, tomato, mushroom and roasted red peppers. (Choice side of vegetables or pasta) $19.95We chose vegetables, they were green beans and potatoes. Nice size portion of chicken, sauce was both light and flavorful.Salmone al Forno: Salmon fillet topped with shrimp in brandy sauce. (Choice side of vegetables or pasta.) $24.95This was a very rich yet light dish — very satisfying.Cobia Special: Cobia is poached and then topped with a tomato salsa. (Choice side of vegetables or pasta) $28.95One of my favorites. The fish was well prepared and artfully plated.Spada al Nero: Blackened swordfish, shrimp, white wine, tomato and garlic. $28.00A great visual presentation. Shrimp was fresh and moist. The blackened spices were a tad salty and overpowered the subtle flavor of the swordfish. The texture was a little mushy. The side of veggies and potatoes were very flavorful.
Siesta Key parking can be a hassle….especially in season…no worries at Flavio’s! They have their own parking area.