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Casantica Ristorante

4.5
721 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 co-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), always the perfect setting... exclusive, romantic and intimate.
Message from Roberto: “At CasAntica each and every dish is prepared upon request with tender loving care. Our food is not pre-cooked, ensuring the highest quality and fresh flavor every time. We strive to provide only the freshest meals for our patrons... We are confident that you will be delighted with our outstanding dishes and warm atmosphere!”
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 721 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. My wife asked for extra sauce and they told her there was extra charge. No free refill. They charge for each iced tea and Diet Coke $3.25 each.
Will not return or recommend.

Casantica Ristorante
Responded on September 7, 2021

Dear Mr. William Moeslein, I've never heard that an EXTRA of something anywhere should be FREE. The word EXTRA means..... EXTRA. We have a charge for EXTRA Marinara Sauce of $2.00 that you refused to pay. We don't have any Soft Drink Dispenser so any time we serve a Coke or Sprite or anyelse (for $2.95 and not $3.25) we have to open a NEW CAN OF IT and we serve it in a nice glass with ice. We don't DONATE FOOD AND BEVERAGE..... We SALE FOOD AND BEVERAGE..... Best regards

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vipAlan
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service & food!! I'll gladly come back!!

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vipjusthungry
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute little Italian place in downtown Sarasota. Our server Gabriel was personable and attentive. Would go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and outstanding service! We will be back! Highly recommend.

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Buddy
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. I had chicken Marsala. My wife had lobster ravioli. Both were very tasty. Portion size was more than adequate. Service was attentive but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place and amazing food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, well prepared and fresh

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vipDinnerlovers
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy restaurant in 1920’s house- huge wine list arranged by Italian regions with choices going from under $50 to over $300. Spinach salad, though not especially Italian was absolutely delicious. Service was very good and loved talking to one of the owners who is from Rome. Lovely evening.

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vipMDB1
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Used to be my favorite restaurant in Sarasota. Appetizer and veal piccata were so salty we couldn’t eat them. (and I love salt) Service was very polite, but extremely rushed. All they focused on was taking orders and clearing plates. Pretty intense.

We’re going to try some other places before we give Cas Antica another try.

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vipLarryL53
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, wonderful food, made from scratch and portioned perfectly. Made for a great evening topped by great service.

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vipEats
Tampa
57 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Sarasota. The
Asta is out of this world.

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vipScorpio
Naples
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner.
Everything was wonderful for our pre theatre diner.

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vipRyanT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Very unique Italian.

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JeffreyF
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel was an excellent waiter and the food was tasty.

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vipBeachParadise
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming house decor inside and outside. The food was superb and the service by Nestor was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks Casantica for the wonderful night. The excellent food transported me to Italy is an Authentic Italian food.
I recommend it, it is a restaurant where upon entering you feel like you are in true Europe

We will definitely go back

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vipTiffanyS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unbelievably bad experience. Well traveled family went for dinner. Unfortunately, the Restaurant smelled like MOLD when we walked in and sat down. Waited 15 min for any service and then finally given the wine list. Spoke to owner re preference and she gave us a taste of a California wine. We agreed to buy a bottle. She brought a DIFFERENT bottle of wine, opened and poured it without presenting it or offering the cork as per tradition. When we tasted it we noted that it was a different wine. Took a few sips to see if palatable then requested to change wines. She actually argued with us and stated that they were both California wines from the same wine distributer and actually should be the same even though they had different names and bottles. She was extremely rude, argumentative and raised her voice- embarrassing us in the dining room. We subsequently left and went elsewhere to eat. I have eaten in thousands of restaurants and have never ever had such rude and unprofessional service. I am still shocked by the interaction. I cannot imagine how this restaurant still exists.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian ambiance. Romantic

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our party of 5 was in a separate “wine” dining area which is very private. The homemade pasta was delicious and plentiful. Bruschetta as an appetizer satisfied the bread lovers at our table. Service was fast and all were attentive to our needs.

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LenaC
Guadalajara
31 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could give them 10 stars! So good! Amazing food and service! So good we came back for dessert two nights later!

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Douglas
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was summer time and very humid in the evening, the restaurant was very cooperative and changed our outdoor seating reservation to an indoor private room which was very pleasant. Each member of our party of 4 had an excellent meal and the service was superb. We look forward to going back to Casantica Ristorante.

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DavidM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Second time having Gabriel as server and he’s so attentive. And the Limoncello cake is décadent

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vipScott
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was authentic and delicious. However, it was definitely overpriced especially for the portions that were served. IThe food was great, but not great enough to return. Increase the portions or decrease the prices.

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MarthaM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This resturant is Sarasota gem! The small intimate rooms are warm and inviting. The menu selections and specials have something for everyone. The wait staff was very attentive, without being bothersome. Excellent wine list and a roof top area for small parties.
Another couple of positives about this restaurant are 1) they have a sizable outdoor patio, and 2) is the location. It is in the heart of the theater district and downtown.

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vipJLVT
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding as always. The lobster ravioli was fantastic

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SeanK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic
Great food, and wine selection I highly recommend this place

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LeneeB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding! I would highly recommend this restaurant

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vipCoachChris
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good and service top notch.

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vip34786
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at CasAntica. Service was very attentive and the food was excellent. The homemade pasta was delicious and the sauces reminded me of one of my favorite restaurants in New York. This definitely a restaurant that you should try.

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Mjr61
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating . Ordered specials-very very good. Desserts incredibly delicious. Food & Wines -extremely expensive. Had a slow, unrushed dinner out on Terrace.

The mold odor was very strong , even outside.

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DavidM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent expérience. Gabriel was great. Good was excellent. And the Limoncello cake was out of this world!

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vipBiskit
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there early and had a room to ourselves. Everything was perfect for us this evening. Food, service and ambiance. Thank you!

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Gloriac
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it, the food is really fresh you have to try the home made pasta is unbelievable the appetizers too we order a burrata and carpaccio and I think is the best in town, the services is great so friendly we go with a two Italian friends and the chef coming to speak with them in Italian that feel in home thank you to the all Casantica stuff and we will be there soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I request a private table and was perfect for the occasion, the food tasted amazing and the service was friendly and good.

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SoniaS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and neat place. Excelent place to visit. The food was delicious. The service was very good and the team very nice and kind. I decided to change my table and they did not have any problems to make the change, They make the customers feel confortable and happy. Thanks Casantica!! You are the best!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Experience!!
This restaurant is so cozy and has left the best impressions! Great service, amazing dishes, very wide wine list and wonderful dessert. If you want an authentic italian restaurant, I would highly recommend this one! I'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks Casantica for making my birthday wonderful. Excellent food and good service. I recommend choosing this wonderful restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a special occasion and was all I expected. The food delicious, great service and cool ambient, I'll come back!

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vipTracyG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Terrible experience.

My food came about five minutes before my wife’s. Had to sit there looking at it waiting for hers. Then when I finally tasted my food, the pasta was ok but the seafood was cold! I told the waitress but she did not seem to care nor offer to fix it. I told the manager and she said it’s probably because my food came well before my wife’s! My pasta was actually still hot but the seafood was cold as if it was never even cooked.

Also, we got a nice bottle of wine and the waitress never poured it for us despite empty glasses when she would come by.

We will never go back!

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vipBrianB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Theres better Italian in Sarasota with better service. Ambiance was the only savior.

FAQs

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

Casantica Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 721 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.