The sweetie was understandably skeptical when I said there was an Italian restaurant in Sarasota I really wanted us to check out while on vacation. Florida isn’t exactly where one thinks of as a great destination for authentic Italian cooking, but in doing my pre-trip research I’d been intrigued by a place called Bologna Cafe. The website might look like something you’d find on Geocities in the 1990s, but the menu was very tempting, particularly with the promises of “Everything Homemade!” and that “We import directly all the ingredients that we use to prepare our Dishes”. Reviews online seemed to agree that Bologna Cafe was worth visiting and felt “authentically Italian”, so we decided to go for it – even if it meant an extra drive out of our way after a day-long conference at the Ringling Museum.
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The "South Jersey Foodie" is Nicole Pellegrini, sometimes known as sockii. She enjoys life as a writer, artist, webmaster, crafter and avid food-lover living in some of the last vestiges of active farmland in Gloucester County, New Jersey. She shares her home with her partner David, a podiatrist in Woodbury NJ and their six cats: Peanut, Norman, Sammo, Mischief, George and Benny.
I believe in enjoying life - and that includes enjoying as many different kinds and styles of food as possible. I am an omnivore with a personal passion for small, sustainable, ethical farming and natural foods. I have little patience for the "Food Police" or those who advocate that one dietary plan is the only "right" one for everyone. Find your personal balance and conscience; make food a joy in your life - that's my motto.
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