SAGE SRQ: Stylish, Sophisticated Sarasota Landmark is Totally Renovated & Transformed into Culinary Destination by Renowned Chef Christopher Covelli


Fred Bollaci with Chef Christopher Covelli at Sage SRQ


One of the most anticipated restaurant openings in Sarasota the past few years, Chef Christopher Covelli is Uber talented, with a degree from the French Culinary Institute in New York, years with his own acclaimed restaurant on Cape Cod, and two decades as guest instructor and right hand to Sandra Lotti at the renowned Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany. Sage SRQ has totally transformed the historic Sarasota Times building which used to house Ceviche into an Old World-styled contemporary oasis. Dramatic interiors, soaring ceilings, and a cool rooftop bar and fire pit set the stage in the newest incarnation of the landmark building.


The menu is a voyage around the world–flavors from Thailand, Morocco, Spain, Italy, France, and India–among others–will delight guests. Think of the Epcot World Showcase, all cooked by a culinary professional and served by a doting staff, while you relax and enjoy, without leaving your seat.


If you’re debating about two totally different ethnic cuisines for dinner, Sage can easily settle any argument. The presentation is beautiful, quality excellent, flavors and techniques spot on. We started with the beet and house smoked Salmon salad and a plate of hand cut Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and truffle, IMHO the best pasta dish in Sarasota at the moment. For entrees we went with Tandoori Rack of Lamb, perfectly cooked and seasoned, three giant chops to boot! We also enjoyed the Thai Bouillabaisse, which was a well executed take on the classic with the addition of coconut and curry. For dessert, we enjoyed a Moroccan style baked apple. The wine list is very approachable with many great selections by the bottle for under $40. There are also a number of creative craft cocktails. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back!


Sage SRQ has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence!


Sage SRQ
1216 1st St.
Sarasota, FL 34236

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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