Cassariano Italian Eatery
Cassariano Italian Eatery

Cassariano Italian Eatery

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cassariano.com/
  • Phone: 9414850507
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Pariano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private parties, private parties in house and corporate Events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nassau Rd
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cassariano Italian Eatery
Contemporary Italian Cuisine in downtown Venice with a casual-elegant atmosphere. INSIDE AND OUTSIDE DINING
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cassariano Italian Eatery reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (33)special occasion (31)romantic (17)notable wine list (17)great for outdoor dining (15)good for groups (12)great for lunch (9)hot spot (9)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • My favorite
    GNOL
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Venice. The food is always consistently good and the service excellent. Always a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth a visit
    1nsomnia
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Awesome food, friendly staff: stands apart from so many of the gulf coast restaurants we've visited. Dinner was prepared perfectly, portions were generous, and the staff was accommodating. We will certainly return when we are back in Venice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Tennisdenise99
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was a wonderful experience! Great food, wine, and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We read all the good reviews on Open Table so ventured from Bradenton to Venice to check out Cassariano. It was well worth the trip and we can't wait to go back. It had a great menu with so many items to chose from. Atmosphere is very nice. Only thing I hate is when restaurants have very small 2-top tables for parties of 2. We managed to get a table in the middle so at least we were not sitting right on top of the people next to us along the wall seating. That is my only complaint. We had the polenta appetizer which was very unique and very tasty. For dinner I had the halibut and my husband had the special veal chop. Both were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Glasslife
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    If you are looking for a romantic night out, this might not be the place. Its a very small place with tables close to each other making it quite noisy at dinner time. However, what it lacks in ambiance, it makes up for with great food and exceptional service. Attractively decorated, with a full bar and attentive and courteous waitstaff. I would visit again, possibly for lunch next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cassariano is Delightful
    JudyEatz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was our second visit to Cassariano. The food was fresh, served hot and very delicious; I felt like I was back in Italy. The service was very professional and efficient. There was a jazz group in the front of the restaurant, which proved to be too loud for my husband and I, so we opted to sit in the back room of the restaurant which was very comfortable and intimate and we had an opportunity to really sit and enjoy a leisurely dinner with our friends. This is a real jewel of an eatery- worth the drive from the Port Charlotte area!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food excellent service.
    RKAY
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food here is excellent and the service is impeccable. We drive 2 hours to go eat here. One of the owners is always available and make sure that everything is going smoothly. Highly recommend this restaurant. Must make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It is always a pleasurable dining experience at Cassarianos. The food, service and presentation are top shelf. This gem in Venice is quickly becoming a Sarasota County must do for foodies. A very nice menu with something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!!
    ZibouilleVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    In my opinion, this is the best Italian restaurant in Venice. Their pasta dishes are amazing... The pasta Carbonara is very authentic and delicious. I've been to Italy and ate great pasta there and Cassariano is just as good. The service is impeccable, friendly and attentive too. This is my second time there and I've gad a great experience each time. I never went there for lunch though but dinner is excellent. Don't miss out and go check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what I remembered
    Excellent
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We came to Cassariano's back in November, 2013 and had a terrific meal. We always remembered it and wanted to come back again, but it just never happened until now. My sister was visiting me from New Jersey and it was her 60th birthday and I wanted to take her somewhere special, and I knew it had to be Cassariano's. We were NOT disappointed at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I pick this restaurant for my out of town company because it is always consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great Food
    ROBERTVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This has become a wonderful neighborhood gem. Great atmosphere, friendly owner and staff, and consistently great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    SoBeDiners
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The salmon special was simply outstanding. The veal tenderloin was equally excellent as was the shrimp bisque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cassariano Italian Eatery
    SunnytimesVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had the most delicious dining experience at Cassariano Italian Eatery. Our server (DEJA) was professional, knowledgable about the menu, and, very attentive to our requests. The shrimp appetizer, salad, Pasta Bolognese and Oven Baked Chicken were all extraordinary. The lemon tart, imported from Italy, was delicious! The cappuccino was outstanding. Our gratitude to the Chef for a fine dining experience while we visited Venice, Florida. Our server was a bright shining star who assisted in our making dinner selections. Perfection... By the way, we will definitely return... If you want an exceptional meal & great service Cassariano Italian Eatery is THE RESTAURANT to try!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    srqdinersVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Started out serving us the wrong wine & saying it was the same as what we ordered. It was not. Eggplant parm boring. Veal with porcini sauce had cheap mushrooms ( NOT porcini ) & almost no sauce. Polenta w/ truffle had almost no truffle taste & cheese was tasteless. We will NOT return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food; reasonable price
    Sarapat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our writers' group had lunch at Cassariano and it was delicious. Great service and lots of options. We'll go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Look no further
    DS11VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Best restaurant in Venice. Excellent all the way around. Compares favorably to best in Sarasota. Salads were fresh, interesting and tasty, mains were perfectly prepared, pasta is some of the best we've had. Kids saved room for dessert, which was outrageously good tiramisu etc..., best red wine by the glass was a 2010 napa cab, which was strange, also no rose by the glass, also weird for a European restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jane
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Excellent restaurant! We love it! Everything is fresh and beautifully presented. The owners take great pride in serving the best and taking care of their customers. We drive 30 miles to eat at this restaurant. It is our favorite restaurant in the Sarasota/Venice area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Night Out
    ConsumerOnly
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was excellent... both in taste and presentation. Server may have been a bit stretched working from front to back. Good support with the busman. Jazz ensemble was way too much. Couldn't carry on a normal conversation even being in the rear of the seating area. Group was very good, but much too loud for the size of the room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was prepared poorly !
    bailey1pet
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Shellfish overcook, halibut was cold n raw in middle. And my husbands pasta was undercooked not al denti but tough. 100 dollars for 2 pp the quality should be better.:(((
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mustang10
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Bartender, Armando was quite accommodating. We were celebrating our friend's 60th and he had made a new drink which our friend got and named perfect pair. Waiter, Ivan was there but wasn't there, which was great. Food came in waves and made for a very enjoyable evening. He was attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    Starvin
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My family has never had a bad meal at the restaurant. You do not want for anything when you sit down, all you do is enjoy yourself.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JAMF
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Excellent dining experience every visit. Food was not only delicious but the presentation was exquisite and service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly Venitian!
    DeliciosoVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The menu was so incredible that we didn't know where to begin. We decided to share the lamb meatballs on homemade spaghetti, topped with a light tomato sauce with goat cheese melting into the sauce.My husband then had the veal osco bucco special, which just fell off the bone. I choose the grilled, boneless duck breast that was prepared with a fig reduction. Everything was just outstanding! We will certainly be back whether in or out of season...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place!
    easybeinggreen
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    yes, the town of venice has hundreds, if not thousands of italian restaurants. it's almost absurd. actually it is absurd. but, cassariano is a gem, and the best of the best. every item i've tried has been superb. the presentation and quality of the food is surpassed only by the skill of the chef and line cooks. the servers are friendly, as is the management. great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dynamic Italian Restaurant
    CyclingVenice
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Luca and Antonio have created an amazing place for locals and visitors to the area to gather and share amazing dinners. I always enjoy coming here and sending out of town friends here for dinner. Dinners are like piece of art and presentation is everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pete
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We love and remain loyal to the restaurant because of the always excellent food and caring good service. We are not fans of any restaurant's noisy open kitchen and busy bar in the midst of the dining area. Often conversation is impossible in most areas of the restaurant because of the kitchen and bar noise. We always ask for seating as far away as possible from these work areas and still find it noisy and echoey. Perhaps more ceiling or wall baffles would soften the noise. We like the food, servers and conscientious owners. Judy Wolff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • everything a restaurant should be
    napa
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Beautifully designed dining spot with amazing food and outstanding service. I consider the service good when the you don't even notice the server and not asking every other minute how everything is because they are confident that everything is good. Great martinis and nice wine list. My husband had the grouper special which was fabulous and I had Ravioli stuffed with mushrooms and ricotta in a pear sauce. A treat for the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 177 reviews are from the Cassariano Italian Eatery reviews archive.
  • great, again
    ralphVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a consistently terrific restaurant, in all facets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annied
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Outstanding authentic Italian menu. Attentive service. Nice atmosphere if a bit crowded. Always a favorite when in Venice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This was my second visit. Came once for lunch, which was terrific with good specials and once for dinner, which was also great with many choices.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect as usual
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Dining at Cassariano is always a treat, never a disappointment!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem found in Venice, Florida
    lovethisplace
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have been visiting Venice, Fl. for the last 20 years. While we were searching for a new restaurant to visit, I came across this place on Open Table. We absolutely loved the atmosphere, the service and the food.....everything was beyond our expectations. We have told several friends about this restaurant and will continue to make it one of our favorite stops when visiting Venice. We loved the homemade pasta and the tenderloin dish, outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    fanojoel
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing. I went twice in one week because I loved it so much. As a vegetarian I was super excited to see that there were choices for both appetizers and entrees- a rarity. The dishes were interesting without being over the top odd.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistently good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Took out of town guests here Can always count on it being good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Not your typical Italian cuisine. Attentive service and great presentation for a variety of tasty dishes.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant dining
    Cabin
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    This restaurant brings welcome fine dining to Venice. Thank you, Cassariano!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    First visit since they expanded and moved down several doors. Still maintains it well-earned reputation for exceptional food and service with unique combinations and presentations. A favorite.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    yumyum
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Enjoyed bringing clients for a nice lunch. Food was delicious and waiter friendly.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexicanfoodfans
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband and I were referred by my parents to try the restaurant. We both loved our appetizer which were part of the Special for the evening. We both didn't love our meals. My husband got the veal. He didn't think it had much seasoning especially the scallop potatoes. I am not a meat eater but I do like seafood but not all seafood. Since I was getting the crab salad special, I asked if I could have pasta with crab. They were unable to do that so I just had a plain penne with garlic cream sauce. I didn't care for it and wasn't in the mood to eat chicken that came with it. My cocktail was good though and so was the bread. My parents have raved about this restaurant. When we are back in town, we'll try again and give it another shot.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.