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Casantica Ristorante

4.3
671 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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!!!!!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 671 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.4
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4.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KBSK
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This dining experience was our first since March 2020. We were really looking forward to going to a restaurant and wanted to visit this one as we had always noted how lovely it looks from the street. We were not disappointed in that regard-it’s very pretty. That is where the positive comments end. The evening began to go downhill when water was brought to the table. It was undrinkable, smelling of sulphur. It was reminiscent of the strong odor of the reclaimed water used on the lawn. We ordered dinner and asked for bread. After about 20 minutes, we asked again for the bread. We were told that the kitchen bakes it to order and there were orders ahead of ours. What finally arrived was shocking. Waiting for fresh baked bread, one would expect something at least sort of warm. We got four tiny slivers of cold, saltless bread, not even actual slices or even a small hunk of bread. No butter, no olive oil, just a tiny dish of something red that didn’t seem to go with bread. We waited another 1/2 hour for the entree. My dish contained so little food that we actually went to another restaurant afterward to get something else to eat. My companion’s dish was tasteless salmon accompanied by a tiny dish of an unpleasant sauce. When the server was asked about the dish, he chose to argue about it. His attitude was the last straw. We will not return and will share our experience.

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SusanL
London
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Rather shabby interior, food so-so. But worse of all was the blaring saxophonist. We could barely have a conversation at our table. We won’t be going back.

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AllisonF
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful outdoor dining experience, beautiful ambience, friendly staff, and incredibly delicious food which is big coming from my boyfriend and I as we come from Italian families, and LOVE all things pasta.

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AmyBG
Naples
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to a show at the Van Wezel and were looking for a place to eat. We saw Casantica and decided to try it. The food and service was excellent! We all cleaned our plates. The outside seating was lovely and the interior is super cute as well. Will definitely return.

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MaryM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. Just wish there were more options of wine by the glass. Very disappointing.

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GenB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Waiters did not recognize our two birthdays, it took over an hour to receive food, we never received coffee, and no one ever came to apologize or recognize the issue. Very disappointed and I feel bad for my mom, since I took her there to celebrate her birthday.

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vipSusan
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Leisurely pace. Attentive servers. Pleasant atmosphere with outside dining under cover. Love their sangria.

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Kathy
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent. The homemade pastas and sauces were delicious. We loved the intimacy of the old fashioned decor. Love to go back and sit at the bar. Our server, Gabe, was just great.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience4

I was charged for extra bread at 2.90 around.. when we spent 100 in food.

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vipjerryz
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AS always, an outstanding dining experience. We return every coupleof weeks .

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jrhh
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner
I will repeat

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vipedh65
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food, great service, will go again

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StephanieH
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in a week! The Carpaccio is one of the best I've ever had! Very friendly and attentive customer service - will definitely be back!

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RandyG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Sat outdoors. Ambience was great. Great service and food.

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Char
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was helpful, attentive and accommodating of our requests. When the starters came out it was great, really delicious. When the mains came out it was even better, everything piping hot, and cooked perfectly. The presentation was lovely as well. Truly one of the best meals I’ve ever had (and from someone like me, acclaims of this nature are ones that are rarely given out)

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larryB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Musician very loud. Unable to converse easily. Long wait for food, other tables received theirs before us. Food lukewarm.

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vipStephanieH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and very pleased with the overall experience. The service was extremely attentive and the food excellent! My husband had the carpaccio and the salad served with it was one of the best arugula salads I've ever had! Also, very nice size portions!

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danielleo
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food is incredible! Ended up eating here twice during our trip to Sarasota, and it was amazing both nights!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
79 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The difference between a great restaurant and a mediocre is how they handle any issues. The food was good, the service was a little lacking. Had to ask for a fork 3 times, twice after the food arrived.
The main problem was we had the sauteed calamari. I pulled a piece of packaging plastic out of one of my bites that was inside a piece of the calamari. When I brought it to their attention, it was answered by sorry and walked off. And it wasn't removed from the bill. At over $300 for the dinner, this was really unacceptable. And reflects the lack of level of service.

Casantica Ristorante
Responded on March 25, 2021

Dear Mr. Daulong, That you define "a piece of plastic" was just a little piece of the squid cartilage that unfortunately escaped from our sight during the preparation of the plate. We apologize for the inconvenience that we consider quite insignificant to deserving a so rude judgment. Over all it seemed you enjoy the plate because you asked for an extra bread service to eat the sauce in it, plate retired completely empty. Anyway....... we respect your opinion without agree with it. Best regards

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KimC
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner- service was outstanding, and food could not have been better. Across the street from where the Westin and the Ritz Carlton are located- lovely location in a little house- very romantic to sit outside if the weather is nice-

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vipBrianG
Grand Rapids
38 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious northern Italian flavors and cool ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We requested outside seating. They had our table barely outside around a corner next to a group. When we asked to be seated at 2 empty tables, they said it was not on their schedule. We tried to have someone explain but nothing made sense. Not the first time we had horrible service.

Casantica Ristorante
Responded on March 20, 2021

Dear Mrs. or Mr. Anonymous...... We have a system to assign tables (OPENTABLE) which allow us to rotate the tables according with the disponibility of the night and to allow us to use them for more than a sitting. If you can't understand that...... sorry is not our fault! Thanks for your nice review.

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DanK
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations and the table was waiting for us. We had a great table on the patio, as requested. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The patio had a nice homey feel and was isolated from the noise of the neighborhood. The staff couldn’t have been any more attentive and polite. This will definitely be a stop each time i visit Sarasota.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good but I enjoyed the outdoor dining experience more. The service was just fair, and it wasn’t that busy. I would give this restaurant another try, mostly because I was very comfortable with the outdoor dining space.

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mary228
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday at this lovely, romantic restaurant. The wine pours were generous. The fresh baked bread with sun-dried tomato dipping oil was very good. The caesar salad was good but not cold enough and overdressed. The carpaccio over arugula was acceptable. Lobster ravioli with a rich red sauce was quite good and the veal marsala was the best my husband has ever had. No complimentary birthday dessert here, but the tiramisu was good. There is live music on Saturdays. We felt the menu was rather limited and unimaginative, but the items we chose were well-prepared.

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SherrilM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always good. We had a wonderful private table. The ambiance is very romantic. Worth the trip. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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SuburbanFoodieChick
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every element of the meal was great. The calamari was a highlight— melts in your mouth! I had the chicken park, and it didn’t disappoint. Fresh, tasty, well seasoned. I highly recommend this place!

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vipMuseumGuy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was not great. Cesar salad was all cheese. Just not great food. Live music was way too loud had to ask them ti lower volume since I couldn’t hear my companion speak.

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Randy
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding! OMG, the lemon cake for desert was fantastic!! I just thought it was odd to serve my red wine cold? We will be going back to eat at this wonderful Italian restaurant.

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vipPinkbird
Tampa
72 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service is excellent. The food was only fair. Spinach salad loaded with too much pancetta and salad dressing. Grilled calamari appetizer was swimming in a dish of oil and garlic water. Salmon ordered rare came very well done. Outdoor setting is lovely. Live music (saxophone player) was amplified and too loud. Somewhat pricey. We had 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entree and two glasses of house wine came to $84.00

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very enjoyable, quiet, small with good food. The barratta was excellent!

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RichT
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This is a very nice local, quiet restaurant. With more people getting out lately, there did not seem to be enough help, regarding service. Dinner was served warm, but it needed to be served hotter. We will be back though.

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vipGolferGuy
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. My only complaint is that I ordered one of the specials and the price was much higher than anything on the menu.

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Bridget
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised that Casantica was open, as their website is behind and states that they will open in May. (This was from 2020) Our food was delicious. True Italian cuisine and we eat a lot of Italian food, living close to New York City. The employees were attentive, yet gave us space to enjoy conversation. The atmosphere is romantic. We chose to sit outside, but the inside made you feel as though you were traveling somewhere far away, in a cozy vintage building. I will definitely return, when I visit Sarasota in the future.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and overall great experience! The live entertainment was a nice touch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very charming place. So elegant! Been going for several years. Always great!

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vipOpenReviewer
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Highly recommended

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Emmett
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Positives: Beautiful setting, good food

Negatives: Comically bad service (untrained waiter) and a tacky request for advance deposit after booking reservation on Opentable

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BRSQR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place for a date night including a roof top deck
Good food and atmosphere
Expanded wine list
Location in downtown Sarasota allows you to walk around the area
Parking across street in parking garage.
Enjoyed our time there and will be returning

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MeganM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was very heavy and the restaurant was musky and small.

FAQs

Casantica Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 366-1840.

Casantica Ristorante is rated 4.3 stars by 671 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.