Casa Ludovico - Palm Harbor, FL
Casa Ludovico - Palm Harbor, FL

Casa Ludovico - Palm Harbor, FL

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatatcasa.com/
  • Phone: (727) 784-7779
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5;00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Casa Ludovico - Palm Harbor, FL
Papa Ludovico's Tradition In Italy, Papa Ludovico’s door was always open and everyone was welcome. The tantalizing aroma of fine Italian foods cooking on the stove would draw in friends, friends of friends, and sometimes even strangers... but after sharing a bottle of wine together, strangers became friends. Now, Casa Ludovico is proud to share Papa’s traditions in Palm Harbor, Florida. Everyone is welcome to enjoy fine Italian food and wine with both old and new friends. Buon Appetito!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Casa Ludovico - Palm Harbor, FL reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)romantic (20)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (17)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (14)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    Falcon
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My wife and I recently moved to Palm Harbor and have been sampling the local restaurants. Casa Ludovico is a neighborhood gem. My wife had the pasta seafood special for the night - she thought it was great. I had the chicken parmigiana - excellent. The servers were attentive and informed and the atmosphere is perfect for a "date night", special occasion, or just a get together with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    kellygirl6872VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Always wanted to try this place! If you don't want to Valet park your car, parking is inconvenient. We were seated quickly, but could barely have a conversation over the noise level. An elegant glass divider would help tremendously. Listings on the wine list weren't current, with some things listed that weren't available and others that weren't listed. Mark, our server was very nice and accommodating and not pushy. Dinner was very nice and the portions just right. I had the wild boar Bolognese which was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Italian Restaurant
    DoneEatin
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Casa Ludovico is one of my favorite restaurants. Great Southern Italian food. Attentive staff. It's a bit noisy when it's busy but everyone always seems to be having a good time. The food does not disappoint--always spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oppen table ck
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    restaurant did not accept the open table check i received---I did not receive an answer from open table
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • open table check
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    this restaurant did not accept open table check of $100---WHY
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service and amosphere
    JamesJ
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was the first time my wife & I dined here. The ambiance of Casa Ludovico is romantic and relaxing. Our server was professional & friendly. We had a really nice Jordan Cabernet which went great with our mozzarella tomato basil appetizer. I had a Cesar salad and the venison entree and my wife had a bean soup and the special "Black Pasta & crab" entree. The flavoring and presentation were excellent. My Cesar salad may have been the best ever! Nice timing between courses. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    theshadow843
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was just amazing, and was at a reasonable price. The overall night was just perfect, great for nice nights out with friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening at Casa
    SChuVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We visited Casa Ludovico in Palm Harbor for and evening with friends we have not seen for 4 months. We all enjoyed our food, the wine was very good, and service good as they were very busy. We found the noise level a little high for conversation, but all in all we enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Swing and A Miss
    TarponLars
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is the second time I have visited Casa Ludovico. Admittedly the first time was hands down better than Saturday night. The place was packed to the rafters and it sounded that way as well. It was hard to hear dinner conversation due to the constant dull roar. Starting out positively we had a great server who was on the top of his game. Unfortunately the chef was not at his. The appetiser we ordered was fantastic, but little did we know this is where the meal would peak for 3 out of the 4 of us. The veal dish was inedible and the two orders of cod were barely so. My wife got the grouper special and she was deemed the winner of the evening. Can't say we will revisit Casa Ludovico again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wine guy
    wineguyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good but pricey wine list. Good menu with a few specials. Great waiter. With the terrible rain, the valet guys were awesome. For a nice night out, it's now one of my top ten.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Mrsnook2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The valet are the first to greet you and they are excellent and the service just keeps getting better from there, the food is always good and they always have many specials so you never get bored with the menu, drinks are also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went to celebrate our dad turning 60. We brought our small children at the last minute because he really wanted them there. This is not normally a place I would bring a 4 and 1 year old but the staff was amazingly accommodating. The food was wonderful and so was the experience. My dad had a great birthday. Thanks everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 6starsgood
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Best Italian food restaurant ever. Will always com here for Italian food. Service was excellent. The sauce was as good as my homemade sauce,maybe even better.The service great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    Joehuddy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is the best Italian food I have found in Florida. Although I have never been to Italy, this seems what you would find there. There is not to much sauce on the pasta which seems like I see at every Italian restaurant. Definitely a place I would recommend for most special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was very good and service is very nice. The owner who is the host could be a little friendlier and smile more. I would recommend this restaurant but I would also worn about how unfriendly the owner is.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Eatery
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The rest is great and the owner, Carmine, is wonderful! Only suggestion is to add osso bucco on their menu: pork or veal works for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Casa Ludvico has been around for sometime now and has attracted many customers who revisit it. That shows that a certain standard, ambience and congeniality are maintained there. Food is excellent and like all Italian restaurants of higher grade - the sauce is exquisite! Wine list is decent as well. We have seen the same staff there for many years and the service is excellent. Waiters are friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique find. Specials were great!
    Mickey
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Unique find. Specials were great. Good Appertizers. Good service. Good desert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good dining experience
    BigD
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food is consistently good, service is pleasant and attentive, nice environment for social dining.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BobinClearwater
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food and its preparation is consistently very good. Nice variety and reasonable prices. Service is conscientious and unobtrusive. I have dined there many times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything was simply delicious, starting with the bread w/ olive oil and olives to the main courses to dessert. The Chicken Ludovico was so tasty and the Tarimisu was probably the best I ever had. Our waiter was great, as well as the rest of the wait staff. We will definitely be back again. The only thing I thought was quite unnecessary was the mandatory valet parking, since my car was parked about 20 feet away from the entrance. The parking lot is too small to need valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opinion on food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The first problem is we got a bottle of wine that you can get at the grocery store for $4-5 and they charged 30. Secondly the service was very good but way too fast. We received our main course before we could finish our salads and they seemed to be in a hurry even though no one was waiting. My chicken was dry and my wife's chicken marsala was not very flavorful in our opinion relative to other top restaurants.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    vmcurranVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been going to Casa for years....the service and quality of food is impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Casa Ludovico - Palm Harbor, FL reviews archive.
  • Good but not great
    timar312
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We ate here a week ago with a small group and had a bad experience. It took an hour and half to get our food and when we did, a few people in the party had undercooked meals. The waiter was always very polite and apologetic - even brought a free dessert platter. My husband and I decided to try the restaurant again, just the two of us this time and the food was just ok. We had high expectations but left feeling sort of "meh" about the whole dining experience. I can't say that we won't be back but it didn't make the favorites list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Usual nice meal at Casa- little strange as we were only ones there on a Thursday evening . Obviously service no problem since we were only table for entire staff. Food very good but starting to wonder about value- $200 for 3 with inexpensive wine. Guess have problem with $10 for a salad but will return as charming place with good food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    lisaandrey
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I have been to Casa Ludovico a few times in the past and have always been happy with the meals. This time I was disappointed. I ordered the penne alla norcina and thought the dish was tastless. The discription says that it is made with a spicey Italian sausage. There was no spice and the rest of the sauce lacked any flavor. The waiter acted like he would rather be any where but working last Saturday evening. Hope the next time is better.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our second time at Casa Ludovico and it didn't disappoint us at all. The food was just as good, if not better, then the first time we were there. Only slight problem we had was the waitress. She just seemed annoyed with everything we asked for.She seemed like she didn't want to be there. Someone spilt a water and she asked if she should bring a sippy cup, which was a little offensive because the person who spilt it was 89 years young. I think she was trying to make a joke but it was inappropriate. No one laughed. Overall, it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hospitality
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Very nice ambience, great food and wine list. Reasonable prices. Carmine, the owner, is very hospitable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty & friendly
    ripp
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    everything we tried was well prepared and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best
    steveVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    there is only three places to eat in Palm Harbor and The Casa is one . Excellent food ,service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried and true
    Annie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    we have eaten here many times since it opened. We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Ludavico
    Barb
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Cozy ambiance, extremely friendly staff, and wonderful specials and delicious food! Excellent grouper and piccatas! Our favorite spot for dinner on special occasions. We have introduced this restaurant to several friends, who continue to go there regularly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun and lively
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Enjoyed dinner with friends in a neighbor eatery. The food was good...typical Italian fare. Bread could be better (Like from Mazzarro's) But the olives and olive oil dipping sauce was delicious. The service was a bit slow but we were enjoying time with friends so it was ok. I had the linguine with clams. The pasta and sauce were great but the clams were tiny and chewy. The cheese cake was a good treat and nice way to end the meal. I would recommend it and return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place to dine......
    Plato
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food here is always good with some items outstanding - Veal chop & squid ink pasta with clams. Only comment is that when they are very busy and that is most of the time, service can be spotty.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Ludovico
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Personally, overall disappointing. Very rushed, very hectic atmosphere. For the price food was ok, I would not recommend. Our waiter was nice, though he seemed under a lot of pressure and had a hard time slowing down in order to explain the menu or our questions. The other major issue is the premature clearing of plates. I cannot get over this custom of clearing plates before all members of the table have finished. It is a practice that is rampant and it makes the other diners at the table uncomfortable. It is not correct procedure. Please tell your staff to stop!!!!!
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convinient Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great food and Friendly Service. Good Value . Squid Ink pasta is second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pleasant evening
    wecman
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Enjoyed a beautiful night out before Easter. Although very busy evening, table was ready and service outstanding. Food was served at a pleasant pace and the specials were prepared for the best pallet. You will surely enjoy your visit!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will be returning
    Donner
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I loved the quaint feel of the dining room. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu, came by and refilled our wine and water glasses frequently and seemed to really enjoy his job. Our wine choice was a Merlot by Elements, which was well priced and delicious. The braised short ribs was the special for the evening and was quite delicious. We will be returning to try more!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Divine
    novakht
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Outstanding all the way around.. great food, great service and atmosphere! Loved it
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Susan
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We have been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time. When we saw that the restaurant was on the OpenTable app I made a reservation last Saturday and we went. The food was outstanding, the service was great we will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.