At least 50% or more of the ingredients are organic during the offseason (summer), with more during the season. Ask for more specifics. Chef Gaetano makes Organic and Local a priority when available and everything is made in house. Many gluten free and vegan options are available at Ortygia as well.
Ortygia serves scratch-made traditional Sicilian cuisine with a touch of French tossed in. The menu offers appetizers, soup, salads, pasta, beef, chicken, and seafood entrees. With exquisite dishes such as Portobello Ripieno, Cotoletta di Pollo and Garlic Bisque, I’m very much looking forward to a return visit and subsequent review. Summertime is considered offseason, therefore the menu is limited in offerings during the summer months.
What I Ordered
I ordered the Brussels Sprout Carbonara, with gluten free penne noodles. To begin with, this dish was dreamy, wow! Although typically a heavy dish, Chef Gaetano’s version was light and creamy yet loaded with flavor. The pasta was cooked to a velvety perfection and soooo good, what a treat!
Ortygia is located in a small cottage situated in an artsy area of Bradenton. The restaurant has a homey feel with simple furnishings, wood floors, and brightly colored walls. The seating area consists of 2 small rooms with several tables in each room. Outdoor dining is available during certain parts of the year. The dining category sits somewhere between casual and fine dining.
Chef Gaetano is also the proprietor and cares deeply about pleasing his patrons. In particular, he provides a very personalized service and will accommodate any dietary needs. If vegan and dining with a large party, call a few days ahead and he will prepare customized vegan dishes. Lunch is served Thursday – Saturday, and dinner Tuesday – Saturday. Make a point to have lunch or dinner at Ortygia and experience wholesome Sicilian fare coupled with a healthy twist.