Lenny’z arrives with plenty of pizzas aimed to please

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By Jane Bartnett

Lenny’z Pizza & Island Bar is open for business at 6645 Midnight Pass Rd. in Crescent Plaza. Yes, you saw that correctly — it’s Lenny’z with a “z.”

This space was once the home of City Pizza before it was rebranded Pizza N’ Brew. It is now Lenny’z, and the new owners have made the space their own. Dan, Theresa and Tori Lennartz are the family members behind the venture. Former Ohio residents, Sarasota is now their home.  

After months of renovations, they welcomed patrons for the first time on June 20 for a soft opening. There was a steady stream of patrons, including groups of friends and families with small children. The following day marked the restaurant’s official opening. Spacious and welcoming, the neighborhood eatery has seating for 130 to 150. Large-screen TVs are mounted on the walls and an ample bar sits at the front of the house.

Lenny’z casual menu has something for just about every taste. But clearly, pizza is the star of the show here. If a whole pie is too much, pizza by the slice is available. A slice of Sicilian or New York-style cheese pizza is $4. A slice of pepperoni pizza is $5.  

By the pie, there are three different styles of pizza from which to choose. They include: Lenny’z Sicilian focaccia-style 12-by-18-inch sheet pan pizza, the round 16-inch New York-style pizza pie, and the round 12-inch cauliflower-crust pizza.

After that decision is made, customers have another difficult decision: Which of Lenny’z 14 named pizzas should they choose?

A classic cheese pizza can be ordered plain or with one or several of the 13 regular or eight deluxe toppings. The classic cheese, Sicilian or New York-style pizza is $18. The classic cheese cauliflower-crust pies are $16.

Prices for the remaining 11 specialty pizza pies are $23 for the Sicilian or New York-style and $18 for cauliflower-crust pizzas. From traditional to tropical, they are:

  • The Hula, featuring tomato sauce, ham, pineapple and mozzarella cheese.
  • Tori’s Hot Honey Sunset with tomato sauce, pepperoni, parmesan cheese and a hot honey drizzle.
  • The Carnivore, served with tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage, bacon and ham.
  • The Veggie Lovers pizza with spinach, black olives, mushroom, green peppers and onion with a tomato sauce.
  • Lenny’z Margarita pizza is topped with tomato sauce, tomato, basil, olive oil and fresh mozzarella.  
  • The CBR stands for chicken, crumbled bacon and ranch dressing.
  • For the barbecue lover, the BBQ Chicken pizza has chicken, barbecue sauce, red onion, crumbled bacon, cheese and barbecue drizzle.
  • The Buffalo Chicken pizza comes topped with buffalo sauce, chicken, banana pepper, red and green onion. Pick a ranch or blue cheese drizzle.  
  • Lenny’z Steak & Cheese pizza pie has steak, cheese, onions, green pepper and mushrooms.
  • White Pizza, made without tomato sauce, features olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, pecorino romano and ricotta cheeses along with Italian herbs.
  • Carl’s Mediterranean pizza is served with spinach, black olive, artichokes, red onion and feta. 

Last but not least, the Barb & Linda, a grandma-style square pizza, is $23.

Fried or baked calzones with ham, mozzarella and ricotta cheese are also on the menu for $12.

If burgers are what you crave, Lenny’z features four styles including the classic All-American, served on a brioche bun, with sweet potato fries or a side salad. Burgers are priced from $15 to $17. Meatball, Italian and cheese steak subs as well as a fried chicken parmesan sandwiches are featured at $15 each.

Those looking for a lighter fare will enjoy four different salads and wraps beginning at $10. 

Just for kids aged 10 and under, a dish of chicken tenders, mac and cheese bites, and a slice of grilled cheese pizza served with waffle or sweet potato fries or a side salad for $9 is designed to satisfy small appetites.

A plentiful list of starter items that could be a light meal or complement a drink or beer at the bar begin at $9. Among the selections are garlic knots for $9, a feta skillet for $13, or a Lenny’z sampler that includes mozzarella sticks, wings, fried mac and cheese, jalapeño shrimp, marinara and avocado ranch for $23.

Chicken wings served with buffalo, garlic parmesan, barbecue and mango habanero sauce are also a Lenny’z staple. Choose 10 jumbo bone-in wings for $17 or four tenders, either grilled or fried, for $11.

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony in the near future to officially welcome Lenny’z to the south end of the Key.  

“They are in a prime location and as a family-friendly restaurant, they are sure be a hit with both residents and tourists alike,” said Ann Frescura, executive director of the chamber. 

Order online at lennyz.pizza.com or call (941) 260-8879. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Jane Bartnett
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