By Brittany Llorente
BAREFOOT BAY -- When the lunch and dinner time hunger hits, Annie's Bistro is the best place to turn to.
Annie's Bistro has a bit of everything to satisfy the whole family.
The restaurant, a classic to Barefoot Bay, recently changed owners, but the same quality and well-cooked food is still available.
On a recent trip to the restaurant, I met Pamela and Joseph Razzano, who took over the Bistro on Jan. 2.
Through talking with Mrs. Razzano, I ordered the French Onion Soup.
The soup was delicious, teaming with perfectly tender onions and a secret combination of cheeses that made it even better.
My guest ordered the Italian sub. The bread was great and perfectly complimented the Italian sauce.
The provolone cheese and meats were placed in generous amounts and the crispness of the lettuce and other vegetables lent to the freshness.
Not only was it as tasty as could be, the sub was huge!
My guest also tried the potato salad, lightly seasoned with eggs.
For my dinner, I had the shrimp scampi, the special for the day.
The plate of angel hair pasta was incredible. It was seasoned with Italian herbs and oils.
Several shrimp were sautéed and seasoned on the bed of pasta.
When I asked Mr. Razzano how long he had been cooking, he replied that he had only been a professional chef for as long as they had owned the bistro.
It was Mrs. Razzano that believed that her husband could cook.
"As good of a cook as he has been at home, there was no reason he couldn't (cook here)," she said. "I used to call my kids up and ask them if they were coming home for dinner and they would always say, 'Is Joe cooking?' and if I said yes, they said yes."
There were other dinner dishes that were cooked to order, including ziti and liver and onions.
Guests can pick up their orders and Mrs. Razzano said that several of their guests pick up food on their way home and have it for dinner later.
Though, if you stop in, make sure to pick up a dessert.
There were a few options for baked items, including a pumpkin roll, cheese cake and an apple turnover.
My guest had the apple turnover and I had the cheesecake with a berry mix on top.
Both of our plates only held crumbs by the end.
The Bistro also has some of the best ice cream around.
DeConna ice cream is not only delicious, but soft and creamy.
Among some of the flavors are mint chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate, coffee, chocolate, rocky road, praline pecan and some frozen yogurt flavors like black cherry and non-fat vanilla.
Annie's Bistro is located at 311 Barefoot Bay Blvd., Barefoot Bay.
The bistro is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
For more information or to have a pick up order, call (772) 664-5599.