Stepping up the Game in Neighborhood Pizza Joints – Circo Italian Kitchen

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Stepping up the Game in Neighborhood Pizza Joints – Circo Italian Kitchen

Circo Italian Kitchen is a hidden gem in Tierra Verde, serving robust pasta dishes and delicious pizza. The restaurant is unassuming from the outside, located in a strip mall. But don’t let that fool you, Circo is not your standard neighborhood pizza joint.

When you walk inside, it is quaint and homey with colorful umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. Adam, the Circo FOH extraordinaire, greeted us quickly and allowed us to choose our table. Adam was basically running the entire front of house; greeting guests, taking to go orders, serving tables and running food. And while doing all of that, he never missed a beat.

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Circo Interior

The menu at Circo consists of appetizers, salads, soups, pizzas, pasta, entrees and desserts. They also feature daily specials. When I visited the the pasta special was a butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce and the pizza was a Sicilian style pizza. We opted out of trying the specials, even though both sounded great!

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Bread Service

While we pondered over the menu we decided to start with a glass of wine each and were brought out the bread service. The bread had the perfect crunch on the outside and while still soft on the inside and was served with sundried tomato and olive oil to dip.

Bruschetta
Bruschetta

As an appetizer we chose the bruschetta. At only $7, you are served thick, large slices of perfectly toasted bread piled high with the fresh tomato mixture. For a basil lover, they could have thrown in a little more but it was still very well balanced and tasty.

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Pizza Bianca

For pizza, we decided to go with the Bianca. The crispy crust is topped with ricotta, whole roasted garlic cloves, mozzarella, spinach, and parmigiano-reggiano.

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Pasta Aurora

The Linguini Aurora instantly stuck out to both my friend and I, as we love seafood. The dish is linguini, a slightly spicy light pink tomato sauce, clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, and bay scallops. The pasta was very lightly coated in the sauce without losing any of the flavor. All of the seafood in the dish was cooked perfectly, which can be hard to do with such a variety.

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Chicken Parm

Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite comfort dishes, and lately I’ve been needing a little comfort. So we decided to indulge. The dish is served with two large pieces of chicken smothered in fresh tomato sauce and cheese, on top a pile of spaghetti. This dish could easily serve three hungry adults. The chicken was tender and flavorful, and the pasta was perfectly cooked.

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Chocolate Cannoli

We finished off the meal with a chocolate covered cannoli. While cannolis are one of my favorite desserts, I typically like a classic cannoli rather than a chocolate covered, but the chocolate did not take away from it at all. In fact, I thought it was just as good as a classic cannoli.

Circo Italian Kitchen is well worth the drive if you don’t live on or near Tierra Verde, for the friendly services, homey atmosphere and top-notch food. And if you’re nice, they may share some of their house made limoncello.

Pizza and Pasta served in Tierra Verde, Florida

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