It’s an out and out sports bar - what with its flat screens galore and buckets of wings or burgers and fries on tap - but owner Frank LaCava also touts fine dining at his Marco Island Brewery.

For example, he says, try the Mahi Bahama dish, 8 ounces of mahi-mahi and three shrimp stuffed with crab meat and served with a vegetable and beurre blanc sauce ($22).

“Not bad for a sports bar,” says LaCava, who’s now into his sixth year of business at the busy Brewery, which he’s also turned into a prominent venue for fundraisers, charity events and a meeting place for many island organizations. “You can do the burgers, potato skins and wings – that’s great, but if you want really nice seafood, you can do that too.”

On a third tier, LaCava talks pizza which he promotes as Frankie & Johnny’s Homemade Italian Pizzas, a name he’s registered in the state of Florida, and also uses in tandem with the restaurant’s name.

“We use triple filtered water to get the dough as close to New York pizza dough as possible,” says LaCava. “We are also a complete in-house pizzeria.”

For a Sun Times food shoot, LaCava also had chef Wilmer Ruiz conjure up a vegetarian special – eggplant Caprese salad, with beefsteak tomato and layered eggplant along with mozzarella cheese, basil, and drizzled with balsamic ($12).

LaCava says it’s been a good six years in business at the Brewery, but that he’s always on the lookout for improvements.

“We do a menu change once or twice a year, and we test nightly specials with customers. We always value customers’ opinions.”

If you go:

What: The Marco Island Brewery

Food: Sports fare, along with pizzas (new is an ultra-thin crust) and assorted fine dining options as well

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week

Take out: Yes

Prices: Under $10 for appetizers, and up to $30 for surf and turf

Bar: Full bar, including in-house micro brews

Telephone: 970-0461


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