The Old-World spirit reigns supreme at Toscana, formerly Cucina Toscana. Determined to capture the vibrant, homespun flavors of Mediterranean cooking, the chefs hand-make pastas from scratch, use freshly filleted seafood, and personally grow the saplings used to make their wooden spoons. This dedication leads to a menu that features rustic, deceptively simple potato gnocchi in pomodoro sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, and basil as well as more elaborate and nuanced entr?es. Squid ink pasta tossed with shrimp, calamari, mussels, and lobster basks in a wine reduction; and servings of veal can arrive topped with white truffle fondue or a combination of aged prosciutto and fresh mozzarella.
Colonial-style picture windows line the dining room's front wall, allowing ample amounts of natural light to fall upon the brickwork columns and light wooden accents. Ornate carpets cover the floor beneath many of the tables, which feature crisp white linens, jet-black napkins, and crystalline glassware.
Ken Sanders Rare Books, whose eponymous owner has been featured on Antiques Roadshow and ABC 4 News, ably feeds text consumers with various new, used, and rare volumes ($1.50+). More than 100,000 spinebounds span the 4,000-square-foot shop, which highlights subjects such as art, photography, Native American literature, and children's titles, while many collectible sets and books come bound in leather to trap their two-dollar prepositions and rare seventh-person omniscient narrators. Ken also hones in on pieces that cover Utah and the Mormons, Native Americana, the literary West, and modern first editions. Bookworms can further burrow through the wide variety of modern and classic authors, including Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, J.D. Salinger, E.L. Doctorow, and more.
At Frosty Darling, the displayed art and giftature is part throwback, part homage to modernity, and part pop culture; the New York Times calls it "whimsical." Artful items include handmade barrettes ($4–$6) and felt brooches ($6), as well as a variety of pins ($1), bookmarks ($1.50), soaps ($5–$8), coin purses ($4), and distinctly scented erasers ($3). Gentry and her fellow area artists produce brilliant letterpress cards ($4) and postcards ($1), both of which pair nicely with Frosty Darling's well-stocked shelves of old-timey candy, such as Atomic Fireballs, candy cigarettes, and Fruit Stripe gum ($0.15–$1.50). The store is open Tuesday–Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
Whipple Service Champions’ experienced techs keep homes running like clockwork with plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning services. When on call, they pilot trucks stocked with an arsenal of tools designed to fix nearly any problem that may arise, including furnace repair, drain cleaning, and shower installation. They’re so confident in their work that they provide customers with a cost before work even begins, and they offer their own warranty on anything they install.
The crew at Classic Cleaners of Ocala draws upon more than two decades in business as they spruce up garments with dry-cleaning and laundry services, leaving clean, warm threads that beg to press against skin. The cleaners extend their services to a variety of items that require unique treatment, including leather jackets, silk ties, jeans, and riding pants. The attentive staff irons shirts by hand before replacing all missing buttons and can gingerly clean, preserve, and box wedding gowns. Cleaning crews can complete rush orders the same day, and standard orders, like the best drum solos, are generally completed within two days.
ITS Insulation's knowledgeable technicians help homeowners guard against wintry drafts and high energy bills with quick, expert installation of leak-sealing attic insulation. Armed with blow-in insulators and a detailed knowledge of rebates and refunds offered by local utility companies, insulation specialists inspect attics and walls, often insulating qualifying homes at little or no cost.