Savor Sarasota: Cafe Barbosso

5501 Palmer Crossing Cir
Sarasota, FL 34233
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Savor Sarasota: Cafe BarBosso
Savor Sarasota: Cafe BarBosso

Dinner $32


Appetizers (Choice of):

  •     Antipasto Salad
  •     House Chopped Salad
  •     Caesar Salad
  •     Grandma’s Meatballs
  •     Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Provolone & Sherry Demi
  •     Fresh Mozzarella Caprese Salad with Grape Tomatoes & Basil
  •     Arancini Rice Ball with Marinara Sauce

Entree (Choice of):

  •     Wild Mushroom Risotto
  •     Boneless Short Ribs over Polenta with Demi
  •     Wild Salmon, Herb Crust & Lemon Tarragon Beurre Blanc
  •     Penne ala Vodka with Chicken Paillard
  •     Grandma’s Spaghettini & Meatballs, Sunday Sauce
  •     Shrimp Fra Diavolo with San Marzano Tomatoes over Linguini
  •     Veal Marsala with Mushrooms & Demi
  •     Chicken Picatta with Capers, Artichokes & Lemon Beurre Blanc
  •     Chicken Parmigiana with Penne & Sunday Sauce
  •     Sole Francaise with Lemon Butter & Capers


  • Chef’s Choice         


Our humble little Italian restaurant is affectionately named after Frank “Frankie Bumps” BarBosso, a nice Italian guy from Little Italy in New York City.

Growing up poor in 1930’s Little Italy wasn’t easy, yet an ambitious Frankie knew, that one day, through hard work, he’d take his family out of poverty.

When Frankie was eight years old he saw an older kid stealing his grandmother’s milk bottles off their stoop, furioso, he chased the youth all over the neighborhood. This infamous pursuit grabbed the attention of Crazy Tony Blue Eye (a notorious Union Organizer from Mott Street). Crazy Tony was impressed by the way Frankie finally caught and intimidated the bigger kid and then used one milk bottle to get the rest of them back.

A few years after the milk bottle thing (as it came to be known), and by repeatedly proving himself a valuable asset to the neighborhood, Frankie Bumps proudly became a full-time knockaround guy for Mr. Tony. The young BarBosso thrived. He was now a respected guy, with more responsibilities, influence and increasing resources.

Frankie’s love for peasant Italian food was legendary. In 1955, at the age of twenty-six, he opened “Little Charlie’s” an intimate Italian restaurant named after his beloved father. The joint was an immediate success, not only because the food was, without question, excellent, but people were forced to eat there! They served the best veal in NYC, the best eggplant, the best meatballs …everything was the best, capisci?!

As a young boy in the 60’s, Chef Joe DiMaggio Jr. played stickball with his pals in front of Little Charlie’s. Frankie bet on all of Joe’s games, but he didn’t like losing. So whenever Frankie lost money betting on stickball, Joe and his buddies had to wash dishes, clean windows, sweep up, and most importantly, let Frankie know whenever the police were watching the restaurant.

To honor his old friend for giving him his start in the kitchen all those years ago, Chef Joe has created Café BarBosso, a true peasant Italian restaurant here in Sarasota!

In 1988 Frank “Frankie Bumps” BarBosso was incarcerated for life. To this day he still proclaims his innocence. Mr. BarBosso is extremely proud to know that his name and profound love for outstanding, authentic Italian food will live on and become immortalized through the incarnation of Chef Joe DiMaggio’s Café BarBosso. Salute!

  • Facility Amenities
    • Family-Friendly
    • WiFi
  • General Information
    • Days Open
      • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Meals Served
    • Dinner
  • Meeting Venues & Services Facility Details
    • Catering
      • yes
  • Restaurants Facility Details
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Corking Available
    • Outdoor Dining