Sergio's Little Italy in Uptown Grayton is All New and All Good
November 12, 2012 by Whitney Rowan
Sergio’s Little Italy in Uptown Grayton has reopened after a fire forced them to close after an initial eight months of brisk business. The place was gutted and is now fresh and new after an excellent remodel.
As soon as you enter the quaint bistro, the friendly staff welcomes you with open arms and makes you feel right at home. The revamped restaurant has a comfortable, relaxed ambiance with eclectic décor such as one-of-a-kind chandeliers made from wine glasses of all shapes and sizes.
My friend Rayna started out with a glass of Fess Parker “Parker Station” Pinot Noir, while I chose to sip on a Silver Palm Cabernet. Minutes later, fresh made bread with an olive oil, ground pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese dipping sauce arrived. It was hot from the oven, was so tasty, and had a hint of rosemary flavor. I had to set it aside so I didn’t eat the whole basket.
Sergio recommended we try the Frutti di Mare appetizer which comes with mussels, clams, shrimp and scallops that are sautéed in a parsley wine butter sauce and focaccia bread points. The seafood was seasoned and cooked perfectly, the sauce was out of this world, and brought out the natural flavors in the seafood. It was light yet satisfying and the perfect size to share between two people.
For the salad round I decided to go with the classic Caesar Salad, while Rayna ordered the Panzanella. I really enjoyed my Caesar salad, but I will definitely go with the Panzanella salad next time. The fresh field greens with torn focaccia bread, capers and roasted garlic bulbs were tossed in a red wine goat cheese vinaigrette and topped with roma tomatoes and endive. It was bright and flavorful and the goat cheese gave a nice richness to the field greens.
As I was started to get full, out came our beautiful entrees. My Pollo Scaloppini smelled so divine that I didn’t even let it cool off before I took the first bite. The breading was light and crispy and the lemon caper butter sauce added just enough zest and acidity to balance out the flavors of the capers. Rayna ordered the Veggie Lasagna, which was filled with grilled zucchini, squash and eggplant layered over house made pasta, an array of Italian cheeses and marinara sauce. I had a few bites and thought it was very well made – cheesy and lots of veggies throughout the dish.
When it was time for dessert, Rayna and I decided to split the Grayton Famous Cheesecake. I should’ve gotten one to myself so I didn’t have to share. The recipe came from the Grayton Corner Café almost 30 years ago and was given to one of the team members at Sergio’s. It’s some of the best cheesecake I’ve ever had and I devoured the dolce in only a few bites.
Overall, we had a delightful visit to Sergio’s Little Italy and can’t wait to return soon!
Be sure to check out Sergio’s Little Italy at 50 Uptown Grayton Circle in Grayton Beach. They serve lunch from 11-3 Thursdays through Saturdays, and dinner from 5 until on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call for reservations at (850) 231-2139. Also, be sure to check out reviews in SoWal’s Dining Guide.