Knocking Around in Arcadia, FL

30 Nov

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We made a brief pit stop in Arcadia, FL on our way back from Singer Island. Arcadia is an old agricultural and cattle town located about 45 miles due east of Sarasota. We planned on eating lunch at Slim’s BBQ, but they were sadly closed through Dec. 2nd. Undaunted, we motored on over to A Taste of Italy in the town’s historic district.

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A Taste of Italy turned out to be a pretty good 2nd choice, but don’t go if you’re in a big hurry. It took us quite a while to get a waitress to serve us. However, the food was quite good once it finally hit our table. We ordered a large pepperoni pizza cooked in their brick oven. Best of all, it only cost us about $20 to feed the entire family — and we were hungry!

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The interior of Taste of Italy included the above mural scene of Venice 

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The architecture in Arcadia is decidedly turn of the century (20th, that is) 

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 Here’s another look at the interesting design features seen downtown 

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If the pizza doesn’t fill your gut, try the Hot Fudge Shoppe right next door 

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 Their specialities include homemade ice cream &, yup, hot fudge sundaes

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Another dessert option is the Peanut Butter Pie at Wheeler’s

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Wheeler’s Southern Cooking will soon celebrate 80 years of business in Arcadia

I guess we’ll be back for some BBQ, a scoop of ice cream, and a slab of pie — GULP! For now, I better get back to the gym to make up for all this good holiday eatin’. NOTE: Arcadia is also a mecca for antique shoppers. Seems like every other storefront downtown is an antique store or flea market of some kind. Come visit and spend the day rooting around if you dig old stuff like we do.

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