Co-owners/chefs Dino and Heidi Moon opened Lavanda to rave reviews in October of 2001. Classically trained in the culinary and hospitality arts in Sarajevo, site of the 1984 Winter Olympic games, they aim to provide casual yet elegant dining with Mediterranean influenced dishes. Dino's first restaurant, also in 1984, was located near Dubrovnik, Croatia. Lavanda is located somewhat off the beaten path in that it is literally in the middle of the city block of art galleries and shops known as the Towles Court Arts District. Enjoy outdoor dining on our wrap-around porch unlike any in Sarasota. As you can see from the quotes below, Lavanda is well worth finding. Dino and Heidi welcome you.....", You'll think you've died and gone to heaven with your first bite of Gianduia", ", The beef filet was so tender you could cut it with a fork!", ", I could have the MOZZARELLA AND TOMATO as a meal....just add a glass of wine for perfection!"