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Cheap eats, worth the money, family-friendly

By ABBY WEINGARTEN CORRESPONDENT

Published Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at 9:31 a.m.

You don't have to be in Brooklyn or Manhattan to fix your street food craving. In Sarasota, you just have to get up early on a Saturday morning and visit the downtown farmer's?market.

It bustles from 7 a.m. to noon at Lemon Avenue and Main Street, a congregating place for hungry patrons looking for good, sometimes ethnic, out-of-the-ordinary stuff. Here's a?sampling.

Pasta?fresca

How about some handmade pasta? Marina and Adrian Fochi, Italian immigrants from Argentina, moved to Sarasota to produce and peddle fresh noodles with their venture, Peperonata Pasta. Their pasta is a longtime family tradition, and the Fochis apply their skills to 27 varieties. They specialize in stuffed ravioli with 20 possible fillings, calzones, pizza crusts and cannoli. The couple not only sell concoctions at the farmers market, but also to area restaurants, including Bologna Café, Ophelia's, Fred's in Lakewood Ranch, La Toscana and?Broccolini's.

Peperonata Pasta, 4463-F Ashton Road, Sarasota;?870-2729.

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