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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

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4.2

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4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
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People Watching (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

It was crowded when we arrived but got a table right away, took almost 15 just to get water
service was slow to begin but then finally got better.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was amazing, but service was super slow and inattentive. It took 2 1/2 hours from when we were seated to when we left -- and we only ordered entrees, no apps, no dessert. The waitress never stopped by our table to explain the long wait for the food. When we called her over, she said the veal chop took a long time to cook, and asked if we wanted a second round of drinks but didn't offer to bring more bread. The pasta was the best I've ever had, but the dining experience left a lot to be desired.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was most helpful and prompt. The food quality was very good. The ambiance was dated.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I have dined at Flavio's on numerous occasions and consider it to be our favorite restaurant on Siesta Key. Our dinner the night we returned was just as good as our previous meals. My wife ordered the Salmon and I ordered the Red Snapper Special and both meals were very good. The chef added some small pieces of pineapple to the Snapper dish which was a nice touch and gave it an added flavor. We found a nice bottle of Gavi di Gavi which complimented our meals. Our server was very knowledgeable and provided very good service without being intrusive. We enjoyed a very nice evening and will definitely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent customer service. Lovely dining area and great brick oven pizzas and salads along with wonderful pasta dishes. Loved the pesto with scallops and pasta fra diavola. Great waitress.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had 1 drink, ordered pizza quickly. We were there for 2 hours and they weren’t that busy.
Believe they were short handed on slower night. We are regulars. Not good.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Waitress very helpful! Enthusiastic welcome when we came in. Loved the pesto fettuccine with scallops. Pesto light and noodles homemade. Great lemon cello post dinner.
All around great place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Skip. Experience was chaotic and food was ok at best. Our family had the Pizza Bianca and Qartro Staggione, veal parmesan, and clams casino. Do not recommend.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Flavios continues to serve up great northern Italian fare in the heart of Siesta Key village. The short ribs over Pappardelle melts in your mouth. We have also tried the pan seared Branzino, and the Chicken Milanese with a dash of lemon - crispy and bright served with Arugula. The brick oven Pizzas are thin crust with a tangy tomato sauce and all the usual great topping choices. An extensive wine list and great desserts like the chocolate creampuffs, Italian cheesecake, and fresh cannoli top off the meal. A must visit for dinner on the key.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Busy night (NYE), but service was not very good. The waitress was apologetic and brought free glasses of wine, which was generous and appreciated. Food was good, however!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was my fourth visit. I only have two minor quibbles: the table we were sat at was wrought iron and tiny and because my friend and I have long legs we were pretty uncomfortable. It was also right by the door and a smoker was just outside the door. I'm definitely requesting a different table next time.
I also asked for no cheese ad instead extra sauce on my pizza. My pizza came with minuscule sauce though our waiter, when asked, kindly brought me a bowl of marinara sauce. Who knows if this was server miscommunication or stubborn chef.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very dissatisfied with the food and service! Waiter was nice but supporting staff very unfriendand cold. The food was average and expensive. The Caesar salad dressing was too peppery .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is our goto favorite restaurant on Siesta Key. The welcome is always warm and the food is good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My date and I really enjoyed Flavio's. The food was flavorful and the portion size was more than adequate! Joseph, our server really enhanced our dining experience. He was attentive and ever so pleasant. Nice wine list as well. We will return for the brick oven pizza.

Thanks Flavio!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

One of our favorite places on the island!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Flavio's food is always FABULOUS ! the wine was excellent, the service very good. Two of us had the Osso Buco and it was outstanding with Rossoto that was perfect ! I have NEVER had a bad meal at Flavio's. Buon Apetito

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful food, wine, service and atmosphere. I cannot wait to return when I visit again at the end of the month!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Absolutely the best pizza in Sarasota. The wait staff is friendly and attentive.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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