SARASOTA, FLORIDA – Osteria 7.13, an indoor-outdoor Italian cafe and restaurant, has opened at 543 S. Pineapple Avenue, at the picturesque corner of Pineapple and Orange avenues in historic downtown Sarasota.
Osteria, which means a typical Italian tavern, offers an authentic Northern Italian cuisine featuring dishes such as sliced tuna with sesame seeds on a bed of arugula, diced tomatoes and balsamic reduction ($20); cuttlefish stew with peas on a bed of polenta ($25); and Mediterranean sea bass with cherry tomatoes, taggiasca olives and roasted potatoes ($23).
The ample wine selection includes Italian reds such as Barolo from the Northern Italian region of Piedmont, considered one of Italy’s greatest wines ($90/bottle), and Amarone della Valpolicella, an intense dry red wine from the Veneto region ($105/bottle), as well as sparkling wines such as Le Cave della Guarduccia from the Abruzzo region ($90/bottle).
Antonio Bortoluzzo and Chef Cinzia Giulia Zanco manage the restaurant for absentee owners Massimo Zanatta, Sergio Linguandottto and Antonio Vicini. Antonio and Cinzia were discovered by one of the owners when they were both working at a restaurant in the famous beach resort area of Lido di Jesolo in Venice, Italy.
Cinzia was born in Venice and comes from a family of restaurateurs. Her father worked in the restaurant industry, opening authentic Italian restaurants in Germany, Spain and Italy. She started her own restaurant at the age of 21.
Antonio gained his passion for food from his father, who owned several restaurants over many years. He started working for his father when he was 14 years old. Before becoming a restaurant manager, Antonio worked as a bartender in the best establishments throughout his home town of Lido di Jesolo.
Osteria 7.13 is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Telephone: (941) 552-8657.
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For more information about Osteria 7.13 please contact Sheila Brannan Longo of Thomas & Brannan Communications at (941) 355-3006 or Sheila@thomasbrannan.com.