A few days ago our Broker, Pauline Bennett, and her husband Gary, invited Jill and I out to dinner on the condition we choose the restaurant. After careful consideration, (being the consummate negotiator that I am), I made reservations to one of our favorites haunts, Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar, recipients of a Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award a year after opening. Got to impress the boss, right?
True to form, we are greeted warmly at the door by culinary co-genius and co-owner, Arthur Lopes. The other half of this Epicurean dynamic duo, Chef Ryan Boeve, gives us a friendly wave through a large window of the bustling kitchen. You’ve got to love these guys.
For perspective, these two opened the much applauded Zoria Restaurant on Hillview Street to universal raves before relocating to the Main Plaza downtown, where they enjoyed an eleven year successful run. After decades working impossible hours they took a well deserved hiatus to focus on family, while their past customers clamored for them to return.
So, when Gary posed the question “How we choose the restaurants we write about”, in many cases it’s by following great local chefs like Arthur and Ryan.
Thanks to Sarasota Magazine for naming us one of the top restaurants for 2012. John Bancroft writes, “Chef Ryan Boeve brings a heightened consciousness to every dish, as in the touch of ginger added to his uncommonly good duck confit, which is accompanied by sinfully delightful potatoes roasted in duck fat, or his celestial dessert souffles.”
Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar has been recognized in Florida Trend’s December 2011 issue as a Best New Restaurant winner. Continue reading
The Three Kitcheneers visit renowned pastry Chef Arthur Lopes at downtown Sarasota’s Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar and challenge him to a bake off. Watch this fun video.
Thanks to Sarasota Magazine for naming us the Best Reason to Be Patient as a part of the Best of 2011 Article. Brian David Braun writes, “It’s worth the wait to snag a reservation at Pomona in Citrus Square to settle into the charming dining room and dine on fresh, seasonal fare cooked in a sophisticated blend of Italian and French style.”
Thanks to Sarasota Magazine for the write-up. John Bancroft and Matt McCourtney write, “Pomona’s menu embodies the happy marriage of two of the world’s great cuisines, French and Italian, in a relaxed and dignified setting. Food, service and ambiance are all world-class.”
By Jack Winner, Herald-Tribune
After a long and successful run at Zoria and a very brief one after re-inventing it as Main Street Oyster Bar, Ryan Boeve and Arthur Lopes have returned to the restaurant scene with their new venture, Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar. But Pomona is not Zoria reborn; instead, it clearly heads in new directions. Continue reading