Casantica Ristorante

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606 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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!!!!!

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Denise
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The old house where the restaurant was located was spectacular. The food and the service were just okay. It was not particularly crowded when we were there but the service was very slow. The menu did not offer a lot of choices and our meals were nothing to make us want to return again particularly for the price point.

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vipNatalieH
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely LOVED this place. Kind people, personal touch, chef came out to meet us. Just lovely for an anniversary night. Also, the food was perfection. Want to go back ASAP.

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vipMikeC442
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal for our stay in Sarasota. Loved our main dishes and the limoncello cake!

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vipGretchenC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We left after an hour it took to receive drinks and an app
Manager said they were slammed and short-staffed but we had a reservation for a week

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T6459
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 5 looking for wonderful food, a good ambiance to celebrate a special occasion and a restaurant with plenty of outdoor space for social distancing and other coronavirus mitigation efforts. After a lot of research and calls, we chose Casantica. The food was delicious, the service was good and they have a beautiful and large outdoor space. Casantica is in a historic house with a walled courtyard with lots of tables that are spaced far apart. It perfectly fit the bill and is a hidden gem. We highly recommend this restaurant in Sarasota!

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vipBrooks1966
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, Brushetta was a bit harsh with the Oregano. Beer and wine only. Very small rooms, so be prepared to hear the entire conversation taking place at the table behind you.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scoligo pasta was fantastic. Probably one of the best pastas I have ever had! Adorable and quaint. Definitely worth a visit for locals and visitors. Excellent service as well

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vipJohnny
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Veal cooked perfectly, pasta aldente with wonderful sauce. Nice wine list at reasonable pricing. Our new favorite Italian restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service!

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CityGirlintheBurbs
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing find...this gem has some of the best pasta I've ever eaten! Will definitely return.

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SharynM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good! Good food! Nice Saxophone music. Good wine!

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Runner2
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I try to catch a meal at Casantica whenever I am in Sarasota. They never fail to meet my expectations. The ravioli special was excellent.

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LeeM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was lovely. The food was delicious. They even had a man on the patio playing saxophone & his beautiful music drifted inside. Unfortunately there was an annoying radio station coming through a speaker system that competed with the saxophonist & detracted from a near-perfect experience.

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vipJMFD
Detroit
63 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ossobucco was fabulous. Great veggies, sauce and tender veal. Veal piccata was tasty as always. However, we would prefer fewer capers especially to lessen the salty flavor. Tiramisu is the most luscious we’ve ever had. Excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice old house, good food, very reasonable prices. Tables are a bit too close and ambiance allows for everyone to hear each other’s conversation.

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vipdoug
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent except the service was definitely slow- perhaps very busybody

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vipFoodfan
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Chicago and wanted some authentic Italian food - this place didn’t disappoint.

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gdrushin
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and service. Fresh pasta! The food is tremendous.

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CARA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I made reservations on line for 8:00pm on Saturday. It was our 29th wedding anniversary. When we arrived, I ask one of your waitresses where the restroom was located, she said I'd have to wait minute she didn't have time right now, even my wife was offended by her answer and poor attuite. Our waitress was unfriendly and very hard to understand. We were very disappointed in the service, food and the overall experience. I was expecting a little more for the amount of money we spent. I know how hard waiters and waitresses work and it was very difficult for me to leave a 20% tip, which I did, it wasn't deserved. One more note, not one person from your staff acknowledged it was our anniversary? Why do you ask?

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vipsteak
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service was excellent . The wine prices by the glass are high . The parking is convenient .

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vipGolferGuy
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal.

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vipMoch
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely place, ate in garden. Quiet and relatively empty pre-theatre time. Food not extraordinary, though. But we will return for ambiance primarily.

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LizaM
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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KHouse
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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KevinG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLWRPILOT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Went there on February 14th and had table in bar area. Service was awful. Felt totally ignored. Took an hour to get bread and water and drink order filled. Entire meal took three hours, used to like this place but we're done with it.

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Steve
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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vipJohnO
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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PatrviN
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.

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vipdmwieg
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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AlDe
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.

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joes
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.

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BruceR
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

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vipSusan
Philadelphia
8 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.

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vipSnowbird
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.

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vipMomMom
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.

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JONG
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

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vipLauraG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Casantica Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Casantica Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 366-1840.

Casantica Ristorante is rated 4.3 stars by 606 OpenTable diners.

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