One of the best restaurants in Sarasota is Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar run by two of city’s most sought after chef-restaurateurs, executive chef Ryan Boeve and pastry chef Arthur Lopes, both formerly of Zoria. Their location on Citrus Square has an inviting old world character, with an attractive exterior, large windows, and handsome wood doors. Inside, a tranquil elegance reigns. The room itself, lit by tall windows on two sides, is a charming and welcoming mix of modern and traditional influences. Its well-spaced tables are dressed in fine white table linens set very simply with classic modern wine stems and sleek contemporary flatware. At the back, a wine bar with black stools overlooks a picture window through which Chef Boeve and his sous-chefs can be observed creating culinary magic each evening in their small but meticulous kitchen.
Pomona’s inspired menu is a wonderful blend of French and Italian influences, and includes a lovely series of small plates, salads or charcuterie to start followed by about eight main plates or entrées to follow. Our table of eight started with a little bubbly — Cà Furlan, Prosecco ‘Cuvee Beatrice’ from the Veneto — followed by Hofstätter, Pinot Grigio 2010 from Alto Adige in Italy and Clos Thalès red wine from Roussillon, the perfect accompaniment to our dinner.
The menu includes a series of small plates, salads or charcuterie to start followed by about eight main plates or entrées to follow. Our table started with an assortment of small plates to start including an outstanding dish of Smoked Salmon served with whipped cream cheese, capers, salmon roe and chives with delicate homemade melba toasts that seemed to melt in the mouth; Mussels St. Germaine which came in an aromatic garlic, saffron, mustard and white wine broth; French Onion Soup with emmenthal cheese and baguette croutons; a Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with microgreens; and a delicious Vegetarian Vegetable Soup with white beans and kale.