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Best Italian Restaurants in Sarasota


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A photo of Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-Sarasota restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 6 times today
Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria in Sarasota is an acclaimed destination for authentic Italian cuisine. Reputed as the best Italian food in the region, its menu features unique pizza options, delectable pasta dishes, and irresistible desserts, all drawing rave reviews from patrons. Customers particularly commend the ravioli with exquisite sauce and the wood-fired pizza crafted in traditional Italian style. The inviting ambience, coupled with live music, and friendly, efficient service enhance the dining experience. As one diner put it, "This beautiful but quaint restaurant...is a must for delicious Italian cuisine." The consensus is clear: Bavaro's guarantees an unforgettable Italian culinary journey.
A photo of Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 24 times today
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano is renowned for its impeccable Italian cuisine, reflected in the glowing reviews from patrons who keep returning for more. Customers continually mention the amazing food, excellent service, and pleasant atmosphere that make the restaurant their favorite go-to spot. Their high-quality Italian dishes, from the osso bucco to the seafood pasta, are praised consistently. Visitors highlight the restaurant's ability to maintain a relaxed, upscale atmosphere, even during busy times. Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano, located in Sarasota, is a must-visit dining destination. As one review encapsulates, "If you're looking for a joyful Italian culinary escapade, look no further!"
A photo of Ama la Vita Ristorante restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 5 times today
Ama La Vita Ristorante, located in downtown Sarasota, is a gem for Italian cuisine enthusiasts. The restaurant boasts an array of authentic dishes, each reflecting the flavors and traditions of Italy. Customers have highly praised the flounder on spinach, filet mignon, halibut, and the unique chicken franchaise with sautéed spinach. The homemade bread and desserts, especially the coconut cake made by the owner, Tricia, has been constantly applauded. The Ama La Vita also offers an outstanding wine selection, paired perfectly with their dishes. The customers commend the intimate setting, fine service, and the knowledgeable staff. They consider Ama La Vita as their favorite place in town and have expressed their excitement to come back for more outstanding dinners.
A photo of La Mucca Ballerina restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 3 times today
La Mucca Ballerina is an outstanding Italian restaurant highly recommended by customers, who praise it as one of the best places to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. The eatery's traditional dishes from Rome receive particular acclaim, with favorites including the Cacio e Pepe and Bronzino, lasagna, octopus, and veal dishes. The eggplant Parmesan and the Caio E Pepe pasta dish are also highly praised. Customers adore the cozy, welcoming atmosphere and fantastic service, likening it to a family experience. The restaurant is noted as a must-visit, with customers making frequent stops whenever they are in town. Customers praise the restaurant as the most authentic Italian place they've been to, some even claiming it to be the best in the United States.
A photo of element: steak. seafood. pasta. restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 7 times today
Element: steak. seafood. pasta. has established itself as a top-notch destination for steak lovers. Customers describe the steak as "perfect," "very good pieces," "delicious," and "cooked to perfection." Moreover, references have been made to the quality of their Filet Medallions, New York Strip, and A5 Wagyu, all of which receive high praise. The restaurant provides an impeccable dining experience backed by the "most attentive, professional and friendly service," as one reviewer noted. Despite one minor mix-up with the steak selection, the customer was fully satisfied with their meal, highlighting the restaurant's commitment to customer satisfaction. From these rave reviews, it's clear that Element: steak. seafood. pasta. is a premier choice for steak cuisine.
A photo of Bevardi's Salute restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 3 times today
Bevardi's Salute has established itself as a hotspot for authentic Italian cuisine in downtown Sarasota, Florida, as per several customer reviews. Its delightful ambiance, characterized by a variety of seating arrangements inside, on a covered patio, and outside, adds to the old-fashioned Italian restaurant feel. Whether on a family dinner or a date night, customers have been consistently impressed by Bevardi's exceptional service and the chef's culinary expertise. The food, particularly the specials like sautéed pompano and lobster-stuffed ravioli, is always fresh and excellently prepared. Patrons also praise their superb selection of Italian wines. From the finesse in their meals to the alluring atmosphere, Bevardi's Salute never fails to impress, making it a cherished "go-to" spot for Italian cuisine.
A photo of Cafe Amici restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 7 times today
Cafe Amici, situated in downtown Sarasota, is renowned for serving excellent Italian cuisine for over twelve years. As reflected in multiple reviews, the restaurant's authentic dishes, particularly favorites like eggplant parmiagiano and brachiole with oriechette, make it stand out. Culinary delights are paired with a broad selection of fine wines and delicious cocktails, highlighting the Italian dining experience. The reviewers also note the outstanding service, with attentive staff and knowledgeable waiters enhancing the comfortable, casual atmosphere. With consistent high praise from diners, Cafe Amici has carved out a strong reputation for itself as a must-visit destination for Italian food lovers.
A photo of 481 Gourmet restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 2 times today
481 Gourmet is a hidden gem recognized for its outstanding Global, International cuisine. This family-owned restaurant has been hailed as an exceptional discovery during the annual Savor Sarasota event. The range of their menu is widely praised, from well-prepared appetizers such as the 481 meatball and Lasagna Soup, to unusual but delightful desserts like the Oreo Bread Pudding. What sets it apart is its well-prepared food, cooked to order, and an interesting menu that leaves patrons eager to explore more with every visit. With a variety of dishes fit for foodies and great cocktails to match, 481 Gourmet is a favourite among its customers who frequent it regularly. The mantra of excellent food and service, coupled with an inviting ambiance, both inside and outside on the patio, contributes to its high rating.
A photo of La Violetta Restaurant restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Sarasota
Booked 20 times today
Located in Sarasota, La Violetta has established itself as the best Italian restaurant in the area. Emilio, the owner and chef, is praised for his artful preparation of exquisite and authentic Italian dishes. The restaurant prides itself on its handmade pasta and rare Italian delicacies that are hard to find in America. The constantly changing menu and specials ensure every visit offers a new dining adventure. Moreover, the ambiance is described as charming and romantic, providing a memorable dining experience. La Violetta receives glowing reviews for its impeccable service, unique and fantastic food, and the nurturing care of the owners. Notably, the restaurant's commitment to authenticity is commended, with many customers highlighting it as the best Italian cuisine they've had in Florida and even comparing it favorably with meals they've had in Italy.
A photo of Cafe Gabbiano restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Siesta Key
Booked 19 times today
Cafe Gabbiano serves some of the finest Italian cuisine in Siesta Key, as per numerous ecstatic reviews. The restaurant attracts commendations for its outstanding dishes such as the Linguine Pescatora and veal parmesan, which were deemed 'to die for'. The restaurant also offers a wide range of authentic starters, pasta dishes, salads and desserts. Patrons have praised not only the high-quality food, but also the charming, cellar-like ambiance and remarkable service. The staff, such as Jessica and Ricco, are frequently highlighted for providing an extraordinary dining experience. Cafe Gabbiano's food, ambiance, and service all exceed patrons' expectations, making it a gem in Italian dining.
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