Tasting Buffalo at Casa-Di-Pizza Restaurant in Sarasota, Florida

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“Casa-DAHpizzah!” is how Bea of the Buffalo, N.Y., restaurant Casa-di-Pizza answered the phone each time radio personalities Taylor & Moore of station 103 WPHD called. Bea was a familiar and loveable voice on Buffalo morning radio while I was growing up in the ’80s.

Everyone was called “Sweetie” and she had an interesting perspective on life, as you can hear in these radio clips. For instance, in radio clip one under “Bea,” with confidence she recounted the history of trick-or-treat beginning when Christopher Columbus landed in America. Ah, I feel very nostalgic listening to those clips. Life was so simple as a teenager.

Small Pepperonis and Lots of Cheese Make it Buffalo-Style at Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida.
Small Pepperonis and Lots of Cheese Make it Buffalo-Style at Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida.

Tasting Buffalo in the Sunshine State

Every now and then I have a hankering for Buffalo cuisine only true Western New Yorkers can appreciate. A burrito from Mighty Taco. A charbroiled hot dog from Ted’s. Beef on weck (a kummelweck roll with kosher salt and caraway seeds) topped with horseradish. Or sometimes, it’s simple as pizza or wings. Yeah, we Buffalonians love our food.

Despite a healthy population of Western New Yorkers, it’s challenging finding authentic Buffalo food on Florida’s Gulf Coast. There was a Niagara Falls-based restaurant called Honey’s in Tampa serving up great Buffalo cuisine but unfortunately it closed down.

These Are Buffalo Wings at Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida.
These Are Buffalo Wings at Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida.

Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota

College pals who relocated to Tampa Bay also enjoy embracing their inner Buffalo foodie and recently introduced me to Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota. The original restaurant – where Bea from the radio show worked – is on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo and it’s only been relatively recently that this Buffalo restaurant opened two eateries in Florida: in Bradenton and Sarasota.

Pizza is Buffalo-style which means lots of cheese and small, thick slices of pepperoni. Wings were bathed in finger-licking sauce with the right amount of bite and plenty of celery and blue cheese dressing. The beef on weck was just like home with tender beef and generous amounts of salt and caraway seeds atop the roll.

Oh, Yeah. Beef on Weck at Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida.
Oh, Yeah. Beef on Weck at Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida.

True Buffalonians will appreciate the Sahlen’s charcoal broiled hot dogs. Or, pick up a pound of Sahlen’s to prepare at home and wow your friends.

Of course, if you’d rather not dine on Western New York cuisine, there are other entrees to nosh on such as Italian dishes and American specialties such as fried fish and chicken fingers.

Buffalo Accents Are Here and There at Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida.
Buffalo Accents Are Here and There at Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida.

Embrace the Buffalo Spirit

Yup, this is a Buffalo eatery, I though after entering. Labatt’s Blue decor accented the walls alongside photos and posters supporting the Buffalo Sabres (hockey) and Bills (football). Yeah, this definitely looks like a great place to cheer on the favorite Buffalo sports teams.

Casa-Di-Pizza is located in a shopping center near Lakewood Ranch and easily accessible off University and I-75. It isn’t fancy but a great substitute for connecting me to my hometown roots.

Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida
Casa-Di-Pizza in Sarasota, Florida

Nuts & Bolts About Casa-Di-Pizza

Casa-Di-Pizza
8193 Tourist Center Drive
Sarasota (Bradenton), Fla. 34201
Tel: 941-359 2300
www.casadipizzafl.com 

Note: If you’re plugging this address into your GPS, use Bradenton as the city.

Disclosure: This post contains a link to support my traveling habit.

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Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. Nobody is better than Sal’s Lounge!
    DePew, NY

  2. Tell Sal to get one down here in the Sunshine State šŸ™‚

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