SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Form left the, the Mannino family, Roberto, Aldo,
Sal Jr., Paul and Kelly offer pizza with a view of
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
Who doesnt like pizza? There cant be too many
people, since pizza, in one form or another, has been
around since the sixth century B.C. Even in the ashes
at Pompeii after the eruption of Mount Versuvius, evidence
was found of shops with marble slabs resembling conventional
Who doesnt like the beach? No one who steps foot
on Anna Maria Island, thats for sure. What better
way to combine pizza and the beach? Theres only
one answer Oma Pizza and Italian Restaurant across
the street from the beach in Bradenton Beach.
The Mannino family has owned and operated Oma Pizza since
1982. Sal and Fi Mannino, originally from Palermo, Sicily,
were vacationing in Sarasota in 1979 from their home in
Brooklyn, New York, when they spotted land for sale on
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. They bought the land, built
a building, and established their restaurant three years
later. Eventually, the Manninos moved their family to
Florida, creating a true family run business and a tradition
in Bradenton Beach.
At Oma Pizza, the Manninos offer lots more than what they
call "The Worlds Largest Pizza." You can
enjoy pizza by the slice, pasta dinners, veal, chicken,
shrimp dinners, in addition to appetizers, soups and salads.
They also have beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee and desserts.
The Manninos pride themselves on good quality, homemade
fresh food, and offer an extensive delivery service that
includes Anna Maria, Longboat Key and the mainland.
Every restaurant has its own unique story about its name
and Oma is no different. When I asked Sal Mannino Jr.
how his family named the restaurant, he told me the original
name was "Roma," but his father soon discovered
there was another restaurant with the same name and was
required to change it. The easiest and least expensive
way to accomplish this was to simply drop the "R"
in Roma thus becoming "Oma," necessity
is always the mother of invention even in the restaurant
Next time you get hungry for the beach and for good Italian
food, drop in and say hello to Fi, Sal, Sal, Jr., Paul,
Aldo, Lisa, Danielle and Roberto Mannino. Youll
find them in the kitchen stirring the sauce and treating
everyone like family.
Oma Pizza and Italian Restaurant
201 Gulf Drive N.
778-0771 & 778-0772
Open 7 days a week
11 a.m. to midnight