THE LOCALE | Finocchio's Italian Ristorante
THE LOWDOWN | If you're looking for a place to unwind with a drink or glass of wine, try Finocchio's Italian Ristorante. That's where we went for happy hour this week.
Finocchio's Italian Ristorante is located in the South Beach Exchange on U.S. 17 Business in Garden City Beach.
The bar area is to the left as you walk in the door. The bar seats slightly less than a dozen people. Behind the bar, a TV hangs and dark wooden shelves showcase wine and liquor bottles. The dining area is long and narrow with a number of tables covered with white tablecloths. Music plays in the background, including jazz, big bands and Frank Sinatra.
The establishment is classy yet laid back. There's soft lighting and friendly service. This place gets a good local following. Patrons come for happy hour and stay for dinner. From chicken to fish to veal to pasta, the chef creates a variety of Italian dishes.
During happy hour, which runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, you can snag $5 appetizers. They change periodically, but examples include fried zucchini, stuffed mushrooms and brushetta. Drink deals include $2 domestic beers, $3 wines and two house drinks for $7.
TIPS | Finocchio's offers private parties and catering.
Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge