About 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.

We look forward to serving you!

5239 Ocean Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34242
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Dinner:

Daily: 4:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Canal Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 349-0995

Website:
http://www.bellaromaitalianrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Flavio Cristofoli

Additional:
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining

Flavio's Brick Oven Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (2)
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Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was very slow and pizzas had way too much cheese. Friendly staff

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We came in at the last minute with a group of 12 (including 4 kids) and they were extremely accommodating! Extremely friendly staff, great with our kids and wonderful food!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Salad vvery good. Pizza below average and undercooked. Good service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Most of our group had the home made ravioli which was very good. I had the Linguini Vongole which was pretty much tasteless. I think they forgot to salt the pasta water.
Waiter seems very rushed and not very competent. Overall an average experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service for a birthday get together. Tiramisu for the birthday boy was an added, unexpected surprise.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food was delicious & the service was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We visit Flavio's every time we are in Sarasota. The food has never been anything less than outstanding!!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Once again my husband and I enjoyed a pasta dinner at Flavio's Brick Oven. We go often and will continue to do so.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 3, 2017

As wonderful as our food was, our waiter was outstanding!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Just arrived after a long flight and headed to Flavio's Brick Oven as usual and it never disappoints. I love their pizza and my husband loves the pasta with clams. Will be heading there again soon.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our waiter Joseph was the coolest guy on the planet. The pizza is excellent and the toppings were generous. This is a go to place for me on a regular basis.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The name is a little deceiving, it's way more than just brick oven pizza! I had the veal piccata and my son has the spaghetti carbonara then we split the meals so we could each have some of both. Both dishes were prepared perfectly and were sooooooo good! Our server did a fantastic job! We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend Flavios Brick Oven Pizza.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Joseph, who was our Server, was excellent as usual. His appetizer recommendations were spot on. As was the special, Salmon Lasagna. My wife had the risotto dish and was very pleased. Our friends were also pleased with the service and the food. The only disappointment was that there was no acknowledgement of our wives birthdays. I had put a note in our reservation that we were celebrating a double birthday, but it must have been overlooked. Look forward to dining here again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

First visit to Flavio, left super impressed with the great flavor on everything that touched my fork! Excellent service also!

Great dinner for capping our summer vacation!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Flavios has become our favorite Siesta Key restaurant. The quality of the food is excellent, and Arturo always treats us fabulously.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Flavio's was surprisingly good. We didn't expect much from it's location in a strip mall, but had heard that the pizza was very good. And I'm on a mission to find the perfect Margarita pizza. Their happy hour has a nice assortment of plates for $9, and my husband got the eggplant rollatini, which he enjoyed. For dinner, our friends had the lasagna and fettucini carbonara, which both said were excellent. My husband had a pasta dish in tomato sauce. All portions were sufficient that there was plenty to take home. The dough on my pizza was excellent. Toppings flavorful. My only complaint is to me - a margarita pizza is slices of tomato and slices of mozzarella. I have yet to find a restaurant here that makes one like that. Servers were knowledgeable and friendly, so definitely worth a return trip.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Was in siesta key in honey moon and went out one night and just got pizza and drinks. Was very fancy clean place and service was wonderful

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I almost want to keep this place a secret, but hands down the best pizza I've had since moving from Upstate New York. Bravo!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 19, 2017

It was great! They were so sweet to our 4 year old daughter. The lasagna was to die for and my husband said the fish special was amazing! Super fresh and amazingly authentic. Cozy place and service was impeccable. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Once again my husband and I had dinner at Flavio's. This time we decided to sit at the bar, have a glass of wine and a pizza and we were very happy we did! The pizza was delicious and the bartender, Daniel was terrific.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Food is always delicious here! We vacation in Siesta Key/Sarasota and always make Flavio's one of our dining stops. Great food and service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Flavio's is our favorite restaurant on Siesta Key and we patronize it as often as we can when we're on the key. The food is consistently good, the service is always good, they have a very good wine list, and it's a very friendly place to dine. We will definitely return on our next trip to Siesta Key in October.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We have been to Flavio's Brick Oven many times and are always met by very friendly staff and good service. Nice atmosphere and wonderful that we can walk here. Will be going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We use to live on Siesta and we never went to Flavios, it was such a nice treat! Going back very soon. My husband is writing a book on carbonara and he gave his dish a five star rating

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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Walter was great food was amazing
The bartenders seamed frazzled !

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Had the veal dish with mushrooms, quite tasty but no potatoes on offer, asked the waiter and he said the chef didn't do potatoes some nights, ended up with penne in a tomato sauce, didn't really go, expensive 4 small medallions of veal at $27

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Awesome overall experience at bar and sitting down to dinner with a group of 8. Alejandro at the bar was entertaining and made some great cocktails! Food was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Absolutely the worst veal saltimbocca I have ever tasted. I know prosciutto is salty but this meal was so salty it was inedible. The veal was like shoe leather. Waiter brought our meals to us and then disappeared for and eternity. Would have liked another beer to wash out the salt taste. Never got a chance to order it.
Disgusting!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Every time we are on Siesta Key, we go to Flavio's: authentic Italian food served by fun waiters. For us, dining outside is a must, and Flavio's does a great job of hiding the fact that it is on the 2nd floor of an outside mall! Fun to dine and listen to the music of nearby (but not too) bars.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 17, 2017

The food was terrific but the potions are a little too large. There should be a seniors menu or perhaps serve half portions. There is not always a place to safely store leftovers when one is just visiting and it seems a shame to waste half a portion. Please give this issue some thought especially when there's so many hungry, poor people.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Excellent! Superb cuisine! and Joseph was really nice !
Will return and recommend to all

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, People Watching, Healthy, Cozy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We were setted by the bar, way too close. The noise level made conversation very difficult especially with one member of our party being hard of hearing. No tap beer! The waiter was energetic and friendly, but missed on our order. We had to wait for one of our entrees to be replaced. My wifes dinner was tepid, not hot. We mostly ordered specials not knowing the price and were surprised when we got the bill.
It was worth an attempt to find a new find (first time there), but it is our last stop there.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Great vibe, great food, and a super service. Daniel at the bar and Joseph in the dining room make the drinks and meal a special treat. Joseph makes you feel like you're family and we've become huge fans.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Food was great
Service excellent
Table location less than optimal

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 5, 2017

This was our third time here. Our family picks a special place to eat on our vacation. This was our families choice .

This year the food was once again amazing. Our service was horrible. He was inattentive, rude, and unsocial.

For the quality of this c restaurant, it was unacceptable.

Sad to say, this will no longer be our special place.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 5, 2017

As always the food was fresh and homemade pasta! Sat outside on a beautiful evening. The service was attentive, friendly, and, professional. Brought out of town guests and everyone was happy with their meal! Great location and parking is easy!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 24, 2017

First time at Flavio's and we will be back again perhaps for the Brick Oven Pizza and Happy Hour.
Authentic Italian from all regions of Italy.

I had the Orechietta al la Barese. Pasta Ears from the Pulia Region of Italy and it was authentic made with Rapini and Sausage in an Olive Oil base. My wife had Grouper which she said was excellent.

Service was a little show and uneven. I think the waiter was new. He was not Italian as most appeared to be.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Usually thrilled with this restaurant. Love the food, love the service. Actually second time we ate here this week. The service wasn't as great as usual. Waiter was less than great. 2 of us ordered lasagna and both found it excessively salty. I red red the clams and pasta with a special request for a spicy tomato sauce. It was fabulous as was rhe tuna tartar appetizer. The fourth party had the seafood and pasta special and loved it. The waiter brought us a couple of complimentary Tiramisus to make up for the bad lasagnas.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on March 21, 2017

As always, excellent food and service is noted. Our 2nd visit here in 2 months.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Celebrated my fiancé' s birthday! Awesome food !

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot
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