Ciccio Restaurant Group opened its newest restaurant in Sarasota, FL on Friday, November 27, 2015. The new Fresh Kitchen is located at The Shoppes at University Center at the corner of Cooper Creek Blvd and University Parkway. The restaurant is approximately 3,200 square feet, seats over 100 guests, and features a diverse menu including cold-pressed juices, gluten-free bases, fresh seasonal roasted veggies, hormone-free grilled meats, and guilt-free desserts. FK’s quick-service model promotes a unique, build-your-own bowl concept in a modern space with contemporary décor. Hours of operation are from 11:00am to 9:35pm Monday through Saturday, and 11:00am to 9:05pm Sunday.
“We are excited to make fresh, healthy food more accessible to the Sarasota/Bradenton community. Our success in Tampa has really motivated us to start growing our presence across South Florida and beyond,” commented Steven Lanza, Fresh Kitchen Partner and Owner. “The new Sarasota store is the first of two new FK locations opening its doors between late 2015 and early 2016. By mid-January, we’ll also have a brand new location in downtown St. Pete,” Lanza says. Fresh Kitchen’s stellar reputation among guests precedes it both in St. Pete and Sarasota. “We’re confident that our fresh ingredients and hand-pressed juices and sauces will have the same effect in the Sarasota market as they have here in Tampa…. which is happy, healthy, loyal customers.”
Lanza shares the Fresh Kitchen mission statement and goes on to provide an overview of the menu, “FK is about chef-inspired foods and cold-pressed juices, with ingredients that change with the seasons. Always made from scratch, from our kitchen to your bowl, as fast as you can point.”
Juices span a wide variety of fruit and vegetable combinations, all of which are hand-pressed and crafted in the on-site juice room. Bases range from sweet potato noodles to coconut ginger rice and kale slaw. Vegetable options include Parmesan broccoli, buffalo cauliflower, and seasonal favorites like roasted Brussel sprouts. The protein selection satisfies meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, with herb grilled steak and baked almond chicken, as well as chia seed teriyaki tofu and Ahi tuna poke. “All bowls are topped off with customers’ choice of hand-made sauces, all of which are cold-pressed and made in-house” says FK Regional Partner, Ryan Mitchell. Sauce varieties include bold flavors like creamy white ginger, coconut Sriracha, and cucumber jalapeno.
Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG) was founded over 25 years ago in New York City. The healthy mindset and beautiful weather drew the founders to the Florida coast in 1996. CRG currently owns and operates 8 different restaurants under the Ciccio Water, Ciccio Cali, The Lodge, Green Lemon, Daily Eats, and Fresh Kitchen brand names.