by Jaye Clements
Fresh tomatoes, garlic & basil are just a few of the fresh ingredients in authentic Italian cuisine… “All fresh ingredients” are the key to great homemade Italian food says Frank, owner of City Pizza. His wife and co-owner MaryLou states that “quality ingredients are what make the difference”. They both agree making each item to order is the only way to go! Forget the frozen dough and the cookie cutter pizza places it takes time and talent to make quality dishes.
After trying the cheese pizza, I can attest their homemade, hand-tossed pizza was delicious! It’s not your typical chain pizza, its authentic NY style pizza! The restaurant features your traditional entrees like Frank’s favorites, Lasagna and Ziti Calabrais. You know it’s Italian when it’s made by a second generation Italian chef from NYC.
In 1989, they decided to leave the cold winters of NYC behind and become full time residents and business owners on the key. Their son owns Tavern on Main and their daughter also lives in Sarasota. Most of the Segreti’s free time (after long hours of work) is spent with family and enjoying their two precious grandchildren, ages 14 & 2.
In the midst of creating something special they have made a mark on the key for great casual Italian dining at reasonable pricing. The ambience there is warm with a welcoming family atmosphere. When asked what MaryLou likes best about owning a restaurant on the key, she says “I love meeting people!”
It is a nice place to get together, sit back, relax and enjoy some good food with family and friends. It’s a perfect spot for family gatherings and parties with their new spacious dining area.
For a night out on the key try the friendly Siesta Key neighborhood Italian restaurant and discover why brick oven cooking reigns superior. “Everything is made to order” states Frank (except the gluten free items) and large parties are always welcome.
I would recommend trying the pizza made in a traditional brick oven. Frank’s favorite topping is Pepperoni. Homemade hand tossed dough is made with an infinite number of toppings. You’ll be satisfied no matter how you slice it.
You may dine in or enjoy the pet friendly outside patio seating. The restaurant is close to the beach and makes a perfect stop after the beach. The restaurant is family owned and operated and you’ll find both Frank and MaryLou on hand every day.
Specializing in Southern Style Italian food and pizza –there is a large selection to choose from on the menu. The restaurant offers American craft beers, premium wines, micro brews, an extensive menu including; Pasta, (the pasta comes in many shapes and sizes with many different toppings to complement each), Seafood (including local Grouper), Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli Rolls, Hot Subs, Cold Subs, Burgers, Appetizers, Veggie Sides, Salads, a children’s menu and home-style desserts…
Veggie options are available including Veggie Pizza’s, Marinara Pastas, Greek Salads, Sautéed vegetables, baked potatoes, etc . Gluten free pasta and dough are available.
Located at 6645 Midnight Pass Rd. Sarasota, 34242
Open 7 days a week: Sunday – Thursday 11am to 10 pm – Friday & Saturday 11am to 11pm. Off season: September 10th – December 15th, 4-10pm
Dine In – Take out or Delivery (delivery up to 3 miles)
Phone 941-349-4490 www.citypizzaofsarasota.com
City Pizza / 6645 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, FL 34242 / 941-349-4490