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Reviewed 5/2/12

Cosimo's Brick Oven



Gourmet Italian that's so good, they built a mall around it!

Originally located at Southgate’s Westfield Shopping Mall, Cosimo lends beautifully to the casual diner, shopper and people watcher.

"Famous" for Wood fired Gourmet Pizza, many find it perfect for that quick slice at the carry-out window before heading to Chico’s, Williams-Sonoma, Ann Taylor and more. For a more leisurely meal, dine inside at granite tables or on the mall patio where your "teen on the loose" can be observed. A full bar with comfortable seating is another great feature for the hubby with a bride… "lost" in Sak′s.

Entrée choices are flexible with half portions and combinations that allow for all appetites and dietary needs.

My spouse and I always have a craving for their PIZZA...Yet...most evenings, we want dinner, too. Fortunately, the Personal size (four slices), is a perfect appetizer. The crust is light and crispy topped with sauce, cheese and our favorite… portobello 'shrooms and fresh garlic. We’ve even ordered a pie to take home for lunch the next day.

Now, Let′s get to more good eating...

Their Appetizers...are outstanding! How about the hot crab and artichoke appetizer for two; deep fried waffle potatoes with gorgonzola; grilled Tuscan bread Bruschetta or fried calamari. These are just a few of the dozen or so selections.

On this evening, we selected their award winning, Tempura Shrimp. Five lightly battered jumbo shrimp clinging to a martini glass filled with a sweet chili and wasabi dipping sauce. WONDERFUL!

Pasta lovers will appreciate the made to order freshly sautéed ingredients from broccoli rabe to little neck clams!

One of their "Signature Pastas" is Al Frutti Di Mare is an excellent choice. Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Mussels, scallops and chopped clams tossed with white wine, garlic, fresh basil and marinara. Other dishes of homemade Potato Gnocchi with sautéed pancetta, onions, mushrooms, arugula, and sun dried tomatoes in a rich beef broth…Grilled Sausage, peppers and onions with marinara topped with ricotta...as well as Gourmet Meat Lasagna...are just a sampling of their many pasta delicacies. House favorites for entrées are the "ever popular"...Herb Roasted Chicken; Grilled Marinated Pork Chops with mango chutney; New York Strip topped with red wine and rosemary reduction; or the Grilled Salmon featuring a citrus/ basil sauce. Fresh vegetables and potatoes accompany all of these entrées. Your server will also describe additional evening specials for you to ponder.

Oven roasted vegetables and pasta, potato or risotto del Giorno accompany all of these entrées. Your server will also describe additional evening specials for you to ponder.

My spouse enjoyed the...grilled to order...Swordfish Piccata; topped with fresh lemon, capers, garlic and white wine, accompanied by risotto del giorno and grilled asparagus. Swordfish can be a challenge to prepare but, this kitchen was right on...with every succulent morsel.

I was intrigued by the grilled salmon topped with tomatoes, basil and artichokes. Some may not care for salmon′s distinctive flavor, but this preparation was definitely a WINNER! A perfectly grilled succulent salmon fillet dressed with herbs, chopped tomatoes, basil and artichokes… atop a medley of zucchini, summer squash, red peppers and onion with risotto del Giorno made for a superb meal.

Desserts of Tiramisu, Fresh Berries with Zabaglione, Deep Dish Key Lime Pie, Créme Brulee and lemon sorbet were all tempting, but...that Warm Chocolate Truffle Souffle will be my excuse to return another day. Remember to add it along with your main course selections as the kitchen requires 20 minutes to prepare.

Soups, salads, personal pizzas and meat lasagna are available for lunch and dinner...while sandwiches are offered at lunch only. Prepared on homemade panini bread or wraps; offerings include Chicken Pesto, Sausage, Salmon, Veggie, eggplant, chicken parmigiano and Meatball. All come with a choice of fries, house salad, Caesar or cup of soup.

If you enjoy coffees, the Café Caramel is EXCEPTIONAL. Other selections include Café Mocha, Café Latte, Cappuccino and Expresso.

  
  Italian Cuisine
 
COSIMO′S BRICK OVEN
5501 Palmer Crossing
Corner of Clark Rd. & Honore Ave., Sarasota
941-914-8033
$$ L,D Italian Cuisine

Lunch & Dinner: Daily
Corporate Catering
Barrier-free access
All major credit cards accepted
   Wood-Fired Pizza, Specialty Salads, Full Bar
Signature Pasta, Party Trays, Corporate Catering
New World Italian with a Multicultural Twist

Thank you for visiting...and "Good Eating" at Cosimo's Brick Oven!


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