Casantica Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Your host Roberto Ercolani comes to Sarasota from Rome, Italy, bringing the best and most delicious authentic Italian dishes to this area. He has been in the restaurant business since his youth. As owner of CasAntica, Roberto provides a refined and unique Italian culinary boutique atmosphere.
The restaurant occupies a 1926 historic home nestled among the trees on the edge of downtown Sarasota. Patrons may choose indoor or outdoor dining (weather permitting), including our lovely rooftop seating area, tucked in under the branches of the old live oak trees that surround the building. The perfect setting... exclusive, romantic and intimate.
CasAntica: a place to gather with old friends, meet new friends, and to enjoy a beautiful dining experience!!!!!
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LM
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have never been there, you need to go to Casantica. Definitely reservations are a must, as it is a very small quaint restaurant in one of the cool old Spanish style buildings in downtown Sarasota. It was recommended to me by my bosses, who are restaurant owners and it did not disappoint. All pasta is homemade and Delish! Service was great and we sat outside which is lovely, as temp was perfect that evening. Not inexpensive, so it may need to be a special occasion for you, as it was for us. 3 birthdays. Enjoy!

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Classic and sophisticated decor. Long candles a real plus to create a very romantic setting. Pasta dishes exceeded very high expectations. Prices very reasonable for "total value" of the dining experience received.

KH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went on a Saturday evening and was initially seated close to a Saxophonist who was quite loud outside. We asked to be seated inside away from the loud noise and they obliged. We were seated upstairs and the ambiance was lovely. The food was absolutely delicious and well worth the money. We will go again. Perhaps a Classical guitarist would be a better choice in entertainment.

KG
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous setting, service and Food. Sat outside and enjoyed the ambiance and the entertainment. Plan to return as often as we can.

S
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day so there was a reduced menu. Pasta was good, but were expecting to order from the larger menu. Our fault for not checking first. Also our favorite young waiter who is very knowledgeable was not there. I hope there has not been a change in management.

JO
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

excellent food, nice ambience and good service. No Complaints. Good value for the money but not inexpensive.

OT
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Valentines

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PN
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Definitely not the place to go for a special occasion. We were sat right by the front door in a tiny nook. For as many time as the staff allied by I would expect better service. A make shift bar that the staff like to congregate around. Won’t go back.

d
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Cuisine was delicious, and service was very good.

AD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Made reservation on Open Table and noted 2 ladies’ birthdays— requested small cake. They never checked my request, had no cakes and the service was ho-hum at best. The veal dish was tough. Expected a lot more from this restaurant.

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual, the food was excellent. Service a tad slow, especially as they were not busy at all. For the money, Cas Antica is one of the best restaurants in Sarasota, which is saying something.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was crowded and we were taken upstairs to a smaller room. A large party was already seated and frankly it was loud and uncomfortable. I don't think the large party was rude but the seating for us, was wrong. It took a while for our server to appear and he was jovial and as prompt as can be. That said, the service lagged a bit because the restaurant was busy. The food was o.k. but frankly for the expense, it should be better and presented in a high scale way. If this restaurant wants to charge 25 dollars and up for pasta and entrees then they need to deliver with service and cuisine that matches the price tag. The good news is that its next to the Florida Studio Theater. That convenience would have me return, perhaps. I want all the Sarasota restaurants to flourish ... its part of the city's charm. Still, Casantica Ristorante should not rest on past laurels and proximity. They can and should do better

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals. Unhurried service allowed us to spend leisurely time catching up with friends who were dining with us.

S
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine Italian dining in an intimate atmosphere in an old downtown Sarasota house. We had grilled calamari to share to start and then a special of the day, Steamed branzino in a wrapper with many vegetables and seafood. Was different and very enjoyable. Service is friendly and professional.

MM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! All 6 in our party enjoyed their meal! And, the “wine room” was cozy.

JO
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes, it was our first time there and everything was very good. We had dinner prior to our theater performance and made it on time

LG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Only wish knew several years ago. Will be back.

EB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A lovely meal! We were seated in a quiet nook that was perfect for conversation. I ordered the burrata appetizer as my entree and it was delicious.

CF
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good. Waitress could barely speak English and had no personality what so ever. Limit wine selection by the glass.

b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

party of 4 630 pm on NYE and found out they had a a special menu (1/3 the number choices) and 50% to 100% price increases on both the food and beverages. This menu was not the menu on-line at their website, nor was it the menu posted that day in front of the restaurant (I checked ahead of time that day) nor listed on open table. The restaurant was half empty.

It would have been simply common robbery except for the fact that the food except for maybe one entree was poorly prepared and/or grossly overcooked and dry. I asked the server if my $30 (all prices before before tax and tip, no accompaniments with any entree) lasagna was made today, and she answered that the chef started cooking at five in the morning. No wonder the pasta was mushy and the inadequate sauce inside and on top completely dry. The $37 lobster and linguini had one single 3 ounce tail not removed from the shell - digging the tiny lobster tail out from the mound of dessicated sauce covered pasta was way too inconvenient and messy, I guess though if they removed the meat the portion size would have appeared even more inadequate. My wife (who chose this place) and her mother both had the $30 ravioli alfredo (5 ravioli in a gluey-looking thick sauce) and said it tasted fine, but I think my mother in law has never find fault with anything her daughter chose (at least in the forty years I have known her).

Carla the main server was completely absent - took a long time after seating to come to the table, did not come back to check on us after the food was served, water glasses empty for long periods during the course of the meal, and after all the plates were empty they sat in front of us for over 15 minutes before I finally had to ask a busboy to please find our server.

I regret today giving a 15+% tip, but I did have one final laugh. Listed on the bottom of the check were 20, 22 and 25% tip amounts - calculated after the tax!

RK
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was just amazing.

DL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great meal, attentive service in a dining area where it was a pleasure to eat and talk. We will return.

R
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

My mother in law was served a raw piece of chicken in her chicken parm. The dish was removed off the check however aside from an apology from the server, no one from the kitchen or management came out to apologize. Will not return.

R
Naples
43 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful “old world” dining with nouveau menu items. The salmon was fantastic, as was the veal piccata. Recommend it highly.

JM
Detroit
60 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veal was outstanding as usual. Love their tiramisu. Always eat here when going to theater.

GA
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very nice first experience at this establishment...we particularly were impressed with the wait staff & chef as we had a guest with gluten issues & they made sure she was accommodated. We are looking forward to a return visit.

HM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Alles wat Casantica bijzonder maakt was vanavond minder. Met name het eten was niks bijzonders. Niet slecht maar ook niet om er 4 sterren voor te geven. Gezien eerdere ervaringen die wel positief waren hoop ik dat dit een eenmalige mindere dag was van de uitbaters.

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P
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Calamari was tough; chicken parm was dry and overcooked ; asked for a half portion of pasta as an appetizer and received a firm no with a lame excuse (I ask for this at almost every Italian restaurant we patronize and have never been refused, until now!)
Casantica is off our dining list.

LL
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service in a lovely old building. Close to FST's Keating Theatre. Very enjoyable evening!

M
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Italian restaurant in downtown Sarasota. Close to Westin and Ritz. Great wine menu and superb food

ZB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The wine was stale. The calamari was appropriately salted and peppered enough to hide its rubbery texture and to mask it’s fridge’s age. The service reflected what you’d expect out of badly managed team. Overall, it’s a place I will never go back to, an experience I will surely avoid, al all costs.

E
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Casantica but it will not be the last. Our server, Victor, was very professional and helpful. Both entrees (my wife had the grilled salmon and I had chicken marsala) were terrific and the house wines complimented the meal nicely. A terrific evening! We'll be back often.

SP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is our 4th or 5th time in the last year - living here over 35 years and just discovered this gem in April. Fabulous fresh Italian Food, great wine selection and service! Ambiance is intimate - we will be back!

DO
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Roberto, his wife, family and team were outstanding! We had an amazing date night And always look forward to returning again.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beef over cooked.

SC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very romantic, authentic Italian food. Loved it very much and will return next time I’m in town.

l
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious but I find it a little over board that when a side of pasta comes with your dinner you charge $4 more if we want oil and garlic and not sauce.
The pasta didn’t even fill up a cup. Besides I spent $80 on a bottle of wine. That’s excessive for pasta.

RK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casantica is always an amazing experience! We always make a point to come here every time we visit Sarasota

K
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food and service, good menu selection and specials. nice romantic atmosphere. Wasn't very busy but everything was great.

EP
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and staff was very accommodating to our need for an early reservation because of theater tickets.