Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

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Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

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Transplants from Philly and New Jersey (along with other sandwich devotees) are delighted that Nick and Bill Gentile have brought their "authentic" Philly cheesesteak sandwiches to Gentile Bros. (7523 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 926-0441, restaurant in Sarasota, next to Bacon's Furniture.

According to Nick, the difference between their genuine Philly version of the popular sandwich is the amorosa rolls brought in from Philadelphia daily, the "100 percent" ribeyes that are placed on the grill when ordered and the real Cheez Whiz (though other cheeses and chicken may be ordered).

Other specialty hoagies and sandwiches include the South Philly (chicken cutlet, mozzarella and roasted peppers); a veggie (eggplant, broccoli rabe and roasted peppers; and an Italian (ham, capicola, salami, provolone). Sides include French, cheese or pizza fries, onion rings and mozzarella sticks.

The Gentile brothers offer party, specialty and hoagie trays, and food may be taken out, delivered free or eaten in the small eatery (formerly Jameson's South Trail Cafe) that has been renovated and decorated with Philadelphia scenes and sports memorabilia.

Gentile Bros. Authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and Hoagies is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Sunday.

- Lee McCall


The latest incarnation of a picturesque waterfront location in Osprey (most recently Aqua) is Bimini (576 Blackburn Point Road, Osprey, 966-4816,, a "shacky chic" new restaurant featuring fresh, varied cuisine in a tropical setting.

Pete and Stephanie Copeland, who have owned restaurants in Flagler Beach and Seattle, have refurbished the interior of the downstairs bar and upstairs dining areas to create a casual, comfortable ambiance with some upscale touches, like candlelight. "We range from burgers to fine dining," said Stephanie, "with an emphasis on the view of the Intracoastal."

Executive Chef Troy Torman (Aqua, Ophelias) prepares lunch and dinner options like signature Maryland crab cakes, fresh seafood (grouper, snapper, hand-breaded shrimp, Coquilles St. …

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