By Chris Fish
INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH - Those looking for a new Italian experience can finally rest easy.
Janna Maria's offers both exciting Italian dining, as well as fine Italian wines, all under one roof.
The inviting restaurant, located in Indian Harbour Beach, offers a great meal from start to finish. Owner Liz Colicchio opened the restaurant in August and named the Italian eatery after her daughter, Janna Maria, who is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
All the delicious recipes come from the mind and creativity of Ms. Colicchio herself, which gives each dish a personal, homemade touch that isn't easily replicated.
Within the appetizers selections, the caprese offers a delicious pre-course option. With fresh mozzarella covering a ripe tomato and finished with balsamic onions, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, the caprese dish offers something that vegetable and cheese lovers will go crazy for.
Also, in the appetizer selections, the garlic crostini, with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and sage offers a delicious and toasted experience for bread lovers, who are looking for a new experience. For seafood lovers, the calamari sticks with roasted peppers and homemade marinara is sure to satisfy.
The salad selection at Janna Maria's is truly something to behold. The delicious spinach salad, with fresh baby spinach, candied walnuts, red onion, pancetta and covered in homemade blueberry vodka vinaigrette, will satisfy both salad lovers, as well as those with a sweet-tooth.
For those who aren't as adventurous, Janna Maria's also offers traditional salad choices, including Caesar salad and a house salad.
Despite the great appetizer and salad selections, where Janna Maria's really shines is within its variety of pasta selections. All of the sauces that top each dish are made daily from scratch, and include a small house salad and fresh baked bread.
The penne alla vodka pasta offers deliciously cooked penne, peas, onions, pancetta and vodka sauce, amongst other authentic dishes.
For meat lovers, Janna Maria's offers chicken dishes, including chicken parmigiana, chicken marsala and bruchetta chicken, as well as pork and veal options that offer spicy meats and delicious pasta.
If seafood is your choice, you have plenty to choose from, including such favorites as shrimp scampi, zuppa di pesce and tuna.
And, of course, a true Italian dining experience would not be complete without some of the best pizza you've ever had and a big glass of Italian wine.
Once your dinner is complete, treat yourself to a cup of coffee or slice of fresh, delicious cheesecake.
On Mondays, the restaurant offers Mussels Monday, where diners can have all-you-can-eat mussels, with marinara or white wine sauce atop linguini.
Also, for the holiday season, Janna Maria's will be open on Thanksgiving to provide a traditional meal, with a holiday twist.
Besides an exhilarating dining experience, Janna Maria's offers a Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as Martini Monday, which offers a buy-one-get-one half-off deal.
Also, for those looking to experience dining with entertainment, Tuesday night is Jazz Night at Janna Maria's.
Janna Maria's is located at 1906 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.
For reservations or more information, call (321) 622-4224, or visit www.jannamarias.com.