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Briandi's Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 31 Restaurants in Nokomis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$22
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Child-friendly
Description: Briandi's is a family-owned restaurant in Nokomis, Florida serving Italian dishes passed down through generations of homemade cooking. When you sit at our tables, you will experience freshly made veal and chicken cutlet dishes such as our picatta or marsala. The exquisite eggplant parmesan is stacked high and made crispy when you order. Peruse our menu for the entire selection. Then, visit for yourself, or order dinner to go.
Venice, Florida
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244 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Not up to reviews”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

We were looking for a great pasta house...unpretentious, tasty and friendly. After reading the reviews about Briandi's we had hoped we found it. NOT! The place is small and service was fine. However, our first hint should have been when the water glass appeared with a straw. Things went downhill from there. Wine list is ALL carafes except one bottle of Chianti. The "IMPORTED"," EXCEPTIONAL" list had Canyon Road and Barefoot Cellars, hardly exceptional OR imported and only by carafe. Salads arrived with dressing in plastic cups. Accompanying hot bread was the highlight of the meal! Servings arrived and are HUGE, but sauce is pretty tasteless and pasta overcooked and mushy. No desserts were tried. Bill had one small overcharge that was corrected....but why the overcharge? Overall, a big disappointment. With all the Italian places in the Venice/ Sarasota area, we will certainly never go back.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Gary B
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SarahJurina, Manager at Briandi's Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Hey Garyb!

Briandi's is a casual restaurant. Chuck makes his bread, sauce, sausage, meatballs, sauces, pizza, oil and spices, mozzarella sticks, and more homemade. Being an italian, he never wants anyone going away hungry, hence the big (giant) portions. He also doesn't want anyone to go away unhappy without letting him know.

At the same time, we are not an "upscale" high-end restaurant. Our prices are very reasonable for the quality of food he is serving, (succulent steak dinner for $19.99 and homemade eggplant for $14.99) and yes our dressing served on the side will come in a plastic cup.

I hope we see you again. Instead of a spaghetti dinner next time, try one of Chuck's more complicated favorites (Eggplant, Caesar salad, or Sicillian fish).
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English first
Davenport, Florida
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Delicious time and time again and huge portions”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We have been to Briandi's at least 20 times and never had a bad meal. It's a small, clean place with lots of atmosphere and friendly staff. Great Veal Parm, shrimp scampi and the bread dipped in olive oil infused with garlic is almost a meal in itself. Do not miss the opportunity to eat here. Huge portions - your meal today will be tomorrow's lunch and then some tomorrow.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Vince33837
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SarahJurina, Manager at Briandi's Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Thank you very much for your review!! We will see you again soon.
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Nokomis, Florida
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134 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Its a Local Great Place.”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Briandi's is run by Charlie and his Family. Its a little place just north of the Nokomis Fire Station, on the west side of the roadway. Just south of Albee Road.
Great Pizza, Chicken Wings, and the best Veal south of Jersey. The Bar is Wine and Beer only, but he food makes up for that.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Mark O
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SarahJurina, Manager at Briandi's Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
You are right, Charlie Briandi is the owner and sits at the bar every night to chat with anyone who comes by. He never misses an opportunity to talk to someone and thank them for their business.

Those wings! Aren't they great? The Briandi's cooked some of the first buffalo style wings back in the mid-early 1960's after they got the recipe from the Bellissimo's of the Anchor Bar (the creators of the buffalo style wing).

Thanks for your review.
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Monongahela
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Friday Nite Dinner”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

While on holiday in Florida the neighbor told us about Briandi"s he was so right the food was good if you like Italian, They are so friendly they made us feel right at home. That's because it's small, The lasagna was wonderful, had e-nuff to take home for 3 more meals. Don't be fooled by the outside of the building.......it's what 's inside that counts! only open 4 to 10 but 7 days a week,

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Roseann M
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SarahJurina, Manager at Briandi's Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
I couldn't have said it better, Roseann, thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great pizza”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

We met some people who recommended this place. A little building going south on 41. Doesn't look like much, but the pizza is great. We took a large back to our room and devoured it.

Visited January 2014
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Thank xjarlind
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SarahJurina, Manager at Briandi's Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Nothing compares to homemade hand-tossed pizza with fresh premium ingredients. Not to mention the smell.

We appreciate your review!
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