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Restaurant News: Lolita Tartine opens

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Christophe and Geraldine Coutelle of C’est La Vie have launched a unique café, Lolita Tartine (1419 5th St., Sarasota, 952-3172) in the Rosemary district. Formerly the Olive Oil Company and art galleries, the new eatery seats 50 at tables beneath red umbrellas outside and red banquettes at polished concrete tables inside.

“We wanted to bring a touch of Europe through our signature tartine sandwiches at lunch plus other French dishes,” explained Christophe. “And we like the area which has great public parking nearby and is in a community of artists. We are providing fast service and quality food.”

For breakfast, Lolita offers the mouthwatering pastries of its sister café plus French toast, Belgian waffles and an egg dish. Lunch is special due to the tartines, unique in this area, which are French open-faced sandwiches on pantalon whole wheat and white bread with a variety of toppings and sauces: prosciutto with mozzarella and tomato, chicken curry, smoked salmon. There also are variations on brioche bread; innovative salads of poached eggs, bacon and croutons or smoked duck breast on greens with onion marmalade.

For dinner, diners might enjoy tuna tartare, escargots or goat cheese and spinach feuilles. Hearty stews like traditional bourguignon or lamb stew with figs and prunes are filling entrees, and seared tuna or seafood pasta are among other offerings. Desserts, of course, are de rigueur at this French-inspired restaurant offering such delectables as a quartet of mini sweets-traditional crème brulee, pistachio crème brulee, macaroons and chocolate fondant over ice cream. Guests might opt for apple tart or profiteroles.

Lolita is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Last modified: November 11, 2013
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