Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Treviso: One of the Finest Deals in Town

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Treviso: One of the Finest Deals in Town

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Treviso Restaurant, for those not aware, sits on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, in the same building that houses the gift shop. Its name continues the Italian theme of the Ca' d'Zan mansion, coming from a town not far from Venice. It consists of a high- ceilinged room and large glass windows that allow diners a view of the grounds. There is also a patio area for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors.

Open daily for lunch and from Thursday to Saturday for dinner, Treviso would at first seem an amenity for museum-goers, who could stop in for a bite while enjoying the different displays Ringling has to offer. But the evening hours also provide a convenient opportunity for those going to the Historic Asolo Theater. In fact, it's an easy walk from the theater to the restaurant, and the evening I ate there a good-sized crowd filled the restaurant before heading over to enjoy a play.

These are mundane details, informative but hardly exciting. What's really news about Treviso, however, is the incredible special that it is currently running. For $39.95, the restaurant offers a prix fixe dinner for two that includes a bottle of wine. Given that the cooking is more than competent and that the wine is very drinkable, this special has to rate as one of the best deals in town. And although the appetizers and desserts are limited, the main course offerings give diners plenty of choice. The menu items are also available a la carte (price listed below), but obviously the special will attract most diners.

In line with its name, Treviso's menu focuses on Italian cooking. Choices run along the lines of Florentine Ravioli ($14), which, as it name suggests, comes with a spinach stuffing; Sicilian Seared Tuna with Caponata ($14), the fish joined by the sweet and sour vegetable medley; White Chicken Parmesan Saltimbocca ($18) with prosciutto and sage; and Pasta Bolognese ($16), which in this version uses short ribs and dresses whatever is the pasta of the day. …

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