Monday, December 29, 2014

Casa Antica: A Southern Italian Romantic Gem

Cas'Antica is the perfect description of this charming Italian culinary landmark located on picturesque Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. As you step into this elegant historic home, you're immediately immersed in Cas'Antica’s seductive charm. Host and Master Chef Pietro Migliaccio’s desire was to reproduce a familiar atmosphere bringing him back to the beginning of his career, when he learned to cook at home with his mother Lucia. Pietro and his wife Susan sold their critically acclaimed restaurant, Café Gabbiano on Siesta Key, a number of years ago, opting for a smaller downtown venue in Sarasota. The small, two-story home built in 1926, was renovated to provide intimate dining spaces with traditional antiques blended with classic modern accents. Comprised of six small rooms, the atmosphere is warm and inviting with a lovely front patio for those who like to dine under the stars, and a fireplace in the front dining room for romantic evenings on cooler Sarasota nights. 

Casa Anitica's dinner menu

The restaurant is absolutely charming and full of character, with exquisite attention to detail. Crisp table linens, crystal glassware and warm candlelight provide a gracious ambiance for fine dining. The extensive menu features both Southern and Northern Italian dishes such as bone-in Veal Chop with truffle oil, fresh porcini mushrooms and brandy cream sauce and sea bass in rock salt or classic meuniere presentation. Pietro's award-winning Veal Mamma Lucia is also on the menu as well as house-made pasta choices including Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti Carbonara, Linguine con Vongole, Linguini Cas'Antica with mussels, clams, shrimp and calamari in a light tomato sauce and much more. For a delightful evening of excellent Italian cuisine and exceptional service, Cas'Antica is one of the most romantic choices for sophisticated dining in Sarasota.

Our server uncorked the special wine selected by my Dad for our family dinner at Casa Antica

Brunello di Montalcino

Olive oil with Balsamic vinegar, pesto, parmigianno and red pepper

Warm sliced bread

Carpaccio Di Manzo with thinly sliced raw beef, baby rucola and shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano

Antipasto Rustico

Sliced Tomato with Burrata and Prosciutto di Parma

Sliced Manzo: Medium-Rare Rib-Eye with Roasted Potatoes, Mushrooms and Arugula


Linguine Boscaiola with fresh mushrooms in a light brown sauce

Vitello di Nonna: Deeply fried Veal Chop thinly prepared with bread crumb based coating topped with special mushroom sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese

Linguine with Mussels and Asparagus

Linguini Cas'Antica with mussels, clams, shrimp and calamari in a light tomato sauce

Cas'Antica Tiramisu

"Leave the car...take the cannoli"