Casa Ludovico - Palm Harbor, FL

4.7
617 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(727) 784-7779
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar
What 617 People Are Saying
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L
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go for every special 9ccassi9b. This time we just went with friends.

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N
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food

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RD
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place...especially all the exotic cars in parking lot...Kim is great!!

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J
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. Juan and Clelia, Rick so great!

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a
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding as always!

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant! The food was really good, the service the ambience, all good. Would certainly go back again

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JB
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local gem. Fine NY style Italian food.

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Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. We have been coming here for close to 14 years - have never been disappointed. Love a restaurant where you are not rushed. Our server Kim was a 12 on a 10 scale. Evening exceeded our expectations.

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LJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casa Ludovico was recommended to me and I was delighted to find this wonderful restaurant.

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great 19th anniversary dinner. The food was delicious and is now my new favorite Italian restaurant. Our waiter was attentive and very friendly. A great choice!

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SC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO FIREEEE. Nothing else to say about as authentic as you can get without going to Italy

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MM
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Kim is an excellent server whom we have known for some time. We usually go on Sunday night which is much quieter.

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K
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is wonderful!!’
Would recommend Pollo Ludovico!’

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ML
Tampa
42 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Casa Ludovico is a renovated house turned into an Italian restaurant. The place was cozy but loud. The food was wonderful. We both had the Short Rib Special of the day and it was the best I had ever had. Service was very good considering the fact that the restaurant was very crowded. Will try again another day of the week as Sat. seems to be a busy on for them.

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D
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Totally gone downhill. Hostess is clueless and unfriendly. Owner shows up in crummy blue jeans and doesn’t care about what’s going on in his restaurant - just sits outside and smokes. Bartender is slow and doesn’t serve drinks together.

Salad had no taste. Bruschetta is on a narrow thick bread with cheese so you can’t pile the tomato on the bread. Had to eat the tomatoes with a fork so defeated the bruschetta concept.

EXTREMELY noisy. Since no one can hear, everyone shouts. Better to just sit quietly and not bother trying to have a conversation. They need some acoustical panels to reduce the overwhelming noise.

Sitting upstairs is awful. Worst tables up there. Most of them you’re either sitting on the aisle or staring at the dirty dishes in the server station.

Service can be hot or cold. Been there about 6 times in 2 years. Won’t be going back.

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OT
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Dine here often. We waited over 30 min for someone to come to our table this time....many people just walked right by us without asking us anything.

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DP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it everytime. Thank you Chad you are always awesome.

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F
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Great time.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very very good food and staff fantastic would go back again and again

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w
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Halibut was very fresh, flown in from Alaska, and perfectly cooked. Attentive service and great lentil soup and salads.

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MT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moms birthday, great meal and even better service. These guys are in their game, attention to detail comes naturally to them.

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OT
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each thing offered is very good and the brandy cream sauce on the chicken is wonderful!

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B
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in Florida

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MR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with delicious and authentic Italian food and ambiance.

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CO
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation for 7PM arrived at 655PM no table available. The party that arrived just in front of us were seated immediately. We were told maybe a 45 min wait and I think that was optimistic as it seems most tables had only been sat with the last 30 mins. I had been telling my clients how good this restaurant was so it was very embarrassing to find that after I had made a reservation it seemed that our table was given away. The bar was full and we were not confident that we would get sat in the next hour so we went to another restaurant in the area.
The only person who was apologetic was the Valet the rest were defensive. They need to either honor reservations or change to first come.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was the best italian restaurant in the tampa bay area. food was authentic italiano

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h
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dining experience, as usual. Located in a charming home built in 1902. On the corner of Alt. 19 and Delaware in Old Palm Harbor. Free valet parking. Has nice wrap-around porch for those that like outdoor seating. Also has an upstairs room for meetings and parties. (I've never been up there, as I can't climb stairs, but I frequently see people heading up there for gatherings.) My friend and I went on Tuesday night at 5:30. Plenty of tables available until about 6 pm. Then it got busy. We had reservations- just in case! Bar was busy while we were there, but it was Happy Hour.

This place has the very BEST Tiramisu!!!! Large enough for 2, in my opinion. A must order!! I had the Penne Alla Norcina which is Penne pasta with crumbled spicy Italian sausages, a touch of cream aged Parmesan and a splash of white truffle oil. This is a large portion, so I always bring 1/2 home for the next day. My friend had the Margherita Flatbread (tomato, mozzarella, and basil. She also started with Caprese (Sliced tomatoes and homemade Mozzarella with fresh basil, topped with olive oil.). We finished with the fabulous Tiramisu. We both had some nice wines. All in all a very delicious meal. Service was wonderful. I'd recommend reservations- even on a weeknight.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 5pm to 10pm
Sundays from 5pm to 9pm
Closed Mondays
Happy Hour Everyday 5pm to 7pm

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BL
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet with wine reduction is awesome as is the black pasta and clam sauce. Never had a bad experience. My number one choice.

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LJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely scrumptious and we rated all food over a 10!! The wine was poured deeply and nicely and we will be back again and again!!

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JC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat at this restaurant for ALL special occasions. Best Italian Cuisine in the area. Great service and great wine selection.
Highly recommended.

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L
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here. Had a marvelous waitress named Kim that way over and above in service. Writing down different wines, suggesting and describing items and cooking process. Had best veal parm I have tasted. Wife had a wonderful grouper with clams entree. Overall, one of the top ten meals and service i have had.

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MS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was our Anniversary dinner and we looked at menus from several local restaurants and we picked Casa Ludovico. Had been there twice before but many, many years ago. Walked in and the place was freezing. They did turn turn the temp up as we sat there. Out table was ready. Had a great appetizer and caesar salad. I asked the waiter about two meals I was trying to decide to order and he couldn't really give me any comments, just repeated what was on the menu. I picked the black pasta dish with crab meat and clams in a garlic sauce. It came so steaming hot that I couldn't even eat it for a while. The pasta was about two portions too much and the crab and clams was skimpy. The pasta was also chewy, I had never ordered black pasta before and will probably never order again.

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LM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for special occasion or just a good authentic Italian meal. The food was good, plentiful and hot. The service was excellent. The restaurant can be a little noisy due to the type of building but that also adds to th charm.

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C
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had our wedding dinner here 11 years ago. We come back every year on our anniversary. This time was the best so far. Every detail was just as we would have had it. I recommend being seated upstairs where the room is more cozy and quiet.

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BA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with authentic Italian food, great wine selection, very good atmosphere. the service was very good.

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KK
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kim was outstanding. She made a fantastic wine recommendation. The food, as always, was superb!

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RN
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, creative menu with something for everyone. Service is impeccable and the ambiance is very relaxing, esoecially got couples.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an overall great experience and great food and drinks!

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KE
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

While an intimate restaurant, I didn’t think the food was more than average. It’s a bit noisy and the service was average.

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SP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. Only disappointment was that they did not have the first four bottles of wine we ordered.

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