Casantica Ristorante

4.3
462 reviews
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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!!!!!
What 462 People Are Saying
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New England
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening for a group of six in a small room. Great service and excellent food. Will certainly re-visit!

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dinners here. Food, atmosphere and service are always a wonderful experience.

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CE
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner took me to our favorite restaurant to celebrate my birthday.

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GM
New England
142 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was in consistent and the dining room we sat in had a musty smell .

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C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes- it's charming, delightful and has great food and service. Everything you want in a restaurant including convenient parking!

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D
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious but too salty. Nice atmosphere and good service.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We thought the food and ambience were outstanding. The entertainment was very interesting ; A saxophonist who could really play, but had questionable singing skills. The service was not that great but when the person didn’t come around she was nice. It seems like the whole wait staff was pitching in to help her out since it was her first night. If you go there make sure to get dessert outstanding!

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EE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hospitable; beautiful cozy nook with single table; easy to hear conversation; all dishes the three of had were excellent. And prices were quite reasonable.

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B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, quiet music on a Friday night.Michael was an attentive and efficient server.
A great place.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Sarasota. The food is amazing and the service is excellent. The atmosphere and the wine is amazing as well. If you are in the area you must try this restaurant.

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MP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. All the pastas are homemade. Service was great. We did not feel rushed, and the wait persons did not push menu items, such as appetizers and salads. We would definitely recommend the limoncello cake!

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TL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The small rooms with few tables in the old charming home make the place feel cozy and comfortable. The food was very tasty with large portions and the noise level was quite. Wish we could have taken advantage of dining in either the front terrace or on the balcony. We’ve already recommended it to friends and would go again.

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DK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were surprised by the small sizes of the portions for the entrees, a big change since our last time their.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. I enjoyed that it was all made from scratch and cooked to order. I LOVED the fact we were not rushed. I liked the space in between our courses to sip wine and talk with my husband without that rushed get in and get out feel. It was a joy.

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TM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian. Everything tasted homemade. Made my wife’s birthday very special, thank you!

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of four. The atmosphere was cozy and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and dining experience. The appetizers were fresh and tasty, and we all enjoyed our entrees. I would return to this restaurant. Parking is very convenient.

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FT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not that good service average service average home made noodles tuff and flavor ok need to get good bread and did not serve butter or olive oil strange for a Italian Resturanta

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SC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently delicious- one of our go-to restaurants!! Great Service!! Authentic Italian!!

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KV
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and exceptional service in a traditional, quiet and comfortable atmosphere. Candles and fresh roses on tables too!

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outsanding food and service. This was my second occasion to dine. Both times were perfect

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, wine list was awesome...this was the freshest past I have tasted since I visited Italy years ago ....highly recommended

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Understanding that it was New Year's Eve which is always a tough night to be satisfied, I found their fixed menu to be very limited and the food was only fair. Our server was less then congenial and if not for the help he had it would have been more disappointing. With all that said, Michael the Host/Maitre'D was exceptional. He was polite and very accommodating. and went out of his way to wish my husband a happy birthday. It was a one time deal and with all of the other restaurants in the area I do not think we will make a second visit.

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BO
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

My chicken dish was awful and expensive $34.00. The waiter never came back to check on us so I never got the chance to give it back and get another dish. Ultimately I didn’t get to eat any food while my guests had dinner. It was New Years Eve and I left hungry and paid big money for nothing. Rey disappointing!

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TM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for an occasion. We recently celebrated our anniversary and it was a romantic, quiet evening with great food and wine.

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JM
Detroit
48 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again the best of Italian gourmet. Waiter was personable and spot on every detail.

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Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to Casantica on recommendations from friends during the Christmas holidays. We walked into the front entrance as several employees rushed past us with food to serve an outside table, letting us know they would be right with us. Not particularly welcoming, but understandable. We were seated in the first floor dining area - a nice old home restored and turned restaurant. We heard that upstairs and outside was really nice, but we didn't take a look. Once seated and having ordered, the service was attentive and gracious. We thought the food was good, but sadly somewhat average, and, given the prices, we were surprised. We know people love this restaurant, but we were not overly impressed. Maybe it was an off-night or holiday fatigue, but I'm not sure we would go there again.

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RT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 1st time at Casantica and the atmosphere and the food were excellent. We'll be going back for sure.

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a
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was very slow

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at CasaAntica is superb. It is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota

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EO
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location and intimate dining experience . Staff and food is always great!

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PA
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very reliably good Italian cuisine in short walking distance to theaters.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salads are large. The food was cooked to perfection. The restaurant distinguished itself in our eyes by going out of its way to accommodate a special request. We asked when we made our reservations online two days earlier for Zabaglione, which is not on the the dessert list. It was available for us the night of our meal, despite the fact that we are not regular patrons,although we had eaten there before. Accommodations like that assure that we will return and bring guests with us.

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C
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect date night. Food and ambiance were amazing

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RT
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service from Michael

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MP
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent even though there were several large parties on the night we ate at CasAntica. The staff bent over backwards to ensure that we were not impacted in any way. Food is authentic - Calamari was delicious: cooked perfectly with not too much breading.

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SC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Hello,
This was our 3rd visit to the restaurant and it is by far, the most authentic Italian cuisine in the area. Since our return from Italy this summer, we crave that incredible food and it also was a 25th anniversary celebration. Only one of the 6 meals was not what we were used to as far as quality goes. The Fettuccine with clams sauce was very lacking in the sauce department. Clams were present but the pasta had absorbed all of whatever sauce may have been there. We requested additional sauce which was delivered however the portion only half filled a ramekin and was not near enough. Additional sauce was requested once again and more was delivered which was substantial for the remaining pasta, however by this time the meal was no longer hot. I only write this as a suggestion to make a much larger quantity of sauce for that dish as most of us clam sauce lovers love it for the buttery, garlicy deliciousness that is should be. Thicker pasta always requires extra sauce otherwise it just disappears in the pasta. Thank you for your time and we will be back!! Also love, love, love the private wine room for our party of 6!! The atmosphere is the best and our server, Michael, is also a fave!!

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OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wine list, quiet relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff

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BS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. This has become our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. Congrats to all on creating a great dinning experience

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The menu is small and very meat oriented. Since I don’t eat meat but I do eat fish my choices were limited. The prices are high given the food portions. Salads are additional and are about $10. It’s a cozy place but I don’t think it’s worth the price.

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