Born from a love of cooking, deep Italian roots and a desire to delight its patrons, Clemenza’s at Uptown Station encompasses all that is Italian cuisine. Serving award winning wood fired pizzas, dishes with classical sauces, daily specials and entrees like Sicilian Breaded Rib Eye Steak, along with pastas topped with fresh local seafood, Clemenza’s at Uptown Station takes their patrons tastebuds on a tantalizing journey without leaving Ft. Walton Beach. In addition, Clemenza’s at Uptown Station provides premier wines from its extensive wine list, designer beers, and freshly ground cappuccino and espresso.
The main dining room is inviting with the owner’s historic family photos from Chicago and Sicily lining the walls, while the restaurant is bustling with energy and hungry diners eager to savor the finest sourced cuisine on the Emerald Coast. Brooke, a local and frequent customer of Clemenza’s says “I try to dine here at least twice a week. I love knowing that when I come to Clemenza’s, I will be greeted with a warm and friendly welcome. The food is fresh and fantastic. It is just like eating with family and I don’t have to clean the dishes!”
Off to the side of the main dining room at Clemenza’s is the cellar room where private parties take place, as well as corporate events with seating for up to fifty. Clemenza’s cellar is the perfect space to host any event from retirement parties, to showers and wedding receptions.
Top local chefs and the star-studded-staff showcase their diverse talents and culinary styles at the popular on site cooking classes with seating up to twenty that take place several times a month.
The spectacular bar area within the main dining room offers seating as well, and is the perfect place for people watching and getting a first hand view of pizza preparations in real time. The chefs at Clemenza’s at Uptown Station are highly skilled and make their fresh dough and bread daily. The pizza chefs have expert command of the 900-degree wood fired oven where the award winning pizza’s are cooked to perfection.
The house specialty garlic rolls are also a big hit, but other popular menu items include the Cold Water Mussels with toasted garlic in a white wine and lemon sauce, or favorite Pasta Bolognese that is slow cooked with its succulent meat sauce and finished with shaved Parmesan, and the Veal Francese Scallopine, where the tender veal is pounded thin, dredged in flour, seasoned, dipped in an egg batter and then lightly browned, before being finished with a white wine, lemon and butter sauce, and served with angel hair pasta.
Mama Clemenza’s opens within the restaurant serving the finest European breakfast and brunch with attention to every detail. It is tough to resist the Eggs Benedict over Yorkshire Pudding, Lemon Curd Ricotta Pancakes and the Date Nut Bread made fresh, especially when sipping on a Bellini.
Photos provided by Clemenza’s at Uptown Station
Blog Post credit: Susan Benton, www.30Aeats.com