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Flavio's Brick Oven Bar
Flavio's Brick Oven Bar

Flavio's Brick Oven Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellaromaitalianrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (941) 349-0995
  • Hours of Operation:

    Daily: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria, Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Flavio Cristofoli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canal Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Flavio's Brick Oven Bar
Our casual restaurant has a retro contemporary theme which includes a carved wood bar topped with marble, granite table tops and bright turquoise and red accents flanking the wood-burning brick oven. Terrace seating is shared with our fine dining concept Bella Roma.

Flavio, a third-generation chef from Venice, Italy, says his Farinata is not available anywhere else in the area. The thin pancake (much like a tortilla) is made of chickpeas, baked in the wood-burning oven and enhanced with rosemary and other savory toppings.

Among Flavio's thin-crust pizzas (his grandfather's recipes) are the popular Quattro Stagioni (fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, prosciutto, olives) and the Pizza Vegetariana with assorted grilled veggies. The rustic bread and focaccia are made on the premises. Flavio's also serves up house-made pasta dishes, plus veal and seafood entrees.

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Diner Reviews
  • "I know that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement. The food is good, the service is very good, the prices are slightly higher than you might expect. It was one of those experiences that didn't overwhelm but at the same didn't turn you off. I would go back but my expectations would be different. I do recommend this restaurant but warn not to set your overall expectations too high. The truth is, there are not any real high-end experiences to be had on Siesta Key. Flavio's is probably in the top 3 but that's not saying much. We live here, can’t think of any place in the world I’d rather live, but for OMG dining, try main street."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I can't say that I was expecting to find great Italian food in Siesta Key but I'm so happy I did. I was in town just for the weekend and ended up eating at Flavios each night, once just two of us, once with a big group and one time pizza to go. The lasagna bolonaise was absolutely out of this world as was the carpaccio. The wait staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I'd recommend this place to anyone without hesitation."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Outstanding local food find. I visit Sarasota often having grown up in town. They have been open for 20+ years and I had never eaten there. Absolutely wonderful food. Everyone's meal was great. Dessert was a highlight do not miss. The service "Team" was impressive they catered to everyone's needs very professionally andwith charm. Dinner pricing was very reasonable for the amount of food and quality. Will definitely return on my next visit."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This place is a gem! We loved the excellent martinis (Daniel the bartender is excellent)! The food is delicious, homemade and the service is impeccable! We're dining there for the third time this week on our last day of vacation. Don't skip this."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. I love that the Chef is able to make a Veal Florintina. Can't find it anywhere else."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent Italian fare, slightly overpriced. Flavio should decide whether its a pizza place or a real restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We vacationed on Siesta Key and dined at Flavios on multiple nights. We were never disappointed. The food is fantastic, service, (Joseph is a terrific waiter, Monica a great bartender), is exemplary and the ambiance and cleanliness is remarkable. It is always a pleasure to find a restaurant that really gets it. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Love this place. They are the only restaurant in the area (SRQ County) that will make Veal Florentine which is not on their menu. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "They are the only place to make veal forintino. Thanks for making it!! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We came with a group of 9 and booked through open table. I was unsure about the atmosphere because of the pictures I saw online, but everything worked out fine. The pictures seemed misleading. The atmosphere was great. Every table was taken and our group including kids fit right in. The food was good. We had ravioli with mushrooms (very good), pizza, fish and other pasta and everyone enjoyed it. Nobody complained, and compared to the other restaurants we went to on our trip, that seemed to be the only one, everyone liked. Thumps up."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My wife and I ate at Flavio's for the first time during our yearly vacation at Siesta Key, I can't believe we never tried it!! Food was Superb, Service A 1, and atmosphere like a friendly family restaurant. We have told our friends and family and will visit often on our future trips to Florida!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed Flavios very much! We have eaten at almost every restaurant in the village And is is by far the best for a nice dinner. Service was excellent, food was very good! My husband loved his fish special! Very fresh and light . I had the pizza which was outstanding . My daughter had pasta and loved it. The wine the waiter recommended was perfect. We had Joe as our server and he was great! Prices we're reasonable and the atmosphere was bustling! I highly recommend this resturaunt!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great food at a resonable price, genuine Italian style pizza. Wonderful staff, Friendly and professional."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We live on the Key and love to come here every once in a while. However, it seems when season comes the quality of the food takes a bit of a hit. We'll keep coming back because it's convenient and the food is usually really good, but will stay away a bit during season."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I was with a group of 4 and we all enjoyed our well prepared meals, we had pasta, fish and chicken dishes and they were all very good. The restaurant tables were set with table linens and the atmosphere is "grown up" but not formal. The waitress had a great personality, charming and funny, and that added to our experience. I plan on returning next week."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Our second visit to Flavio's this month - top-notch in every way."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "11 of us went here for New Year"s eve ....which can be tough with such a big table.....service was attentive and quick.....food and wine were above average. Great prices. Would definitely recommend and return"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was our first visit it Siesta Key and Flavio's The food and service at Flavio's was superb. I had the best veal chop I ever had stuffed with prosciutto and Fontana cheese The veal parm was awesome as well as the Zuppa de piece Don't forget dessert the Canoili is to die for"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Owner operated family restaurant. Live entertainment that will keep you awake during your meal"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Have enjoyed Flavios/Bella Roma for years. The Flavios pizzas are pricey but very good. Came with a large group. Service was spotty. Portions were small . I believe everyone enjoyed what they received, but wasn't a compelling argument to come back soon. Overall appreciated them taking us."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Food was average and tables were extremely tight for waitstaff and customers to maneuver around."
    Dined on 7/22/2013
  • "Ambience was so so, entrance is kind of strange with no real host stand. There was no music on at all so kind of awkward silence in the restaurant. We arrived at 8 and didn't get our 2 pizzas for 5 people until 9. It was good pizza, but an hour is ridiculous. The waiter was nice and took off one glass of wine and a side salad app, but still I probably won't be back."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "Saw the waiter three times. Once when he took our drink order, the second time to bring drinks and take food order. Someone else brought our food to the table. We never saw the waiter again until we had to find someone to tell him we wanted our check. He delivered our check and was never seen again. The entire dining experience was like eating in fast food joint. Here is your food, eat it and get out. Of the four entrees, three were so salty, they were barely touched. I spend six weeks on Siesta Key every year on vacation and have dined there many times. This year the name has changed and so has the service and food quality. They have seen the last of me until I hear that it has improved."
    Dined on 3/14/2013
  • "OK but service was sporadic. very knowledgeable water but didn't seem to interested."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "Very authentic northern Italian food. We had a pizza for an appetizer which was very good. Our main meal was also tasty.I wish more restaurants used open table reservations. Easy process."
    Dined on 3/8/2013
  • "Wonderful experience. Would highly recommend. Visiying from Boulder Colorado where we are considered a "real foodie town" Flavio would fit right in."
    Dined on 2/20/2013
  • "Very good italian food with great ambience typical of old style Italian eateries."
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "We came for dinner on Christmas Eve and from the name, expected a glorified pizza place. We were extremely surprised to find a cozy, sophisticated Italian Restaurant with bar. We received pleasant and solicitous service and found absolutely delicious authentic Italian dishes on the menu. We left full, happy and satiated. Next time we are in Florida, we will be back."
    Dined on 12/24/2012
  • "Table we were seated at was in the main traffic pattern. Would have preferred one away from foot traffic."
    Dined on 11/23/2012
  • "Good Italian food - not great though. Lacked flavor.Stange combinations too."
    Dined on 10/28/2012
  • "As always, a great time and great food here, you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/18/2012
  • "Nice atmosphere, between casual and upscale. Good music, relaxing. Wait staff attentive and helpful. Ordered what was billed as homemade ravioli, but tasted more like boxed--okay, but nothing special. Zabaglione for dessert was bland--no Marsala flavor to it--disappointing. Tasted like whipped cream. Would have ordered another dessert had I known."
    Dined on 8/16/2012
  • "Wonderful, just wonderful. I will go back again and again...service, food, ...outstanding"
    Dined on 8/11/2012
  • "The staff and the food were excellent to say the least, I had the veal with a side of pasta. The veal was outstanding and the pasta and gravy were delicious, my wife had a pizza. She has found this to rival some of Chicago's best, thin crust. When in Siesta area, we will return."
    Dined on 6/30/2012