Bologna Cafe Italian Restaurant
Tue–Sat 4:45 pm–9:00 pm
We were disappointed on this visit to Bologna. The quality of the food was not as we had experienced before. The pesto was brown, the veal scallopini was so heavily breaded it looked like cheese was on it. So sad since this restaurant was always a favorite.
My wife and I dined at Bologna Café for the first time and we enjoyed the food very much. My wife ordered scallops and prawns over risotto which she thought was very good. I ordered the ruvide pasta with Italian sausage and mushrooms. My meal was very good as well but the portion was smaller than I expected and the sausage was ground up instead of links like I assumed it would be...…….the menu didn't identify it very well. Our server did a nice job providing service but there were a couple times we needed something and he appeared to be no where in sight. After paying the bill and leaving the restaurant we came to the conclusion the menu prices were higher than they should have been. There are a number of Italian restaurants in the Sarasota area where the food is every bit as good if not better and the prices are much more reasonable.
Our party of four was totally impressed on every level from the moment we arrived.
The food, service, ambiance, aromas and wine selection were better than we could have imagined.
The BEST Italian food we have had in Florida. A real gem!
The drinks are WAY overpriced. A gin and tonic was $13!!!
Incredible meal! This is now my favorite restaurant in NY or Florida!!!! Bravo Francesco!
Excellent food but the mixed drinks(Bombay Saphire & tonic - $14.50 & Tanquery & tonic- $12.50) are,too expensive.
Our recent visit to Bologna Cafe was our first of many. I have had the good fortune to dine at many excellent Italian restaurants in New Jersey and New York City. The quality of our meal at Bologna Cafe was as good or better than most other Italian restaurants we have dined at over the last couple decades. My wife and I cannot wait to return to the Venice/Opsrey area later this year and have our second of many dinners at Bologna Cafe!
This is a great find! First time dining here. The restaurant is easy to find and it’s lovely. Food was fresh and beautifully prepared. Lots of choices for everyone’s likes. The night we went was very quiet; off season, but I would expect that in season, that changes. We highly recommended the restaurant to our daughter and family for their visit to Sarasota. We will definitely dine here again.
Great food as always, but we continue to be troubled by small knats. Need to fix that to be perfect.
Hands down the best Italian food I have ever had in Florida. Having grown up in Brooklyn NY and worked in Manhattan, I have eaten at some great Italian restaurants. This is now one of my favorites. I’ll be back many more times. My compliments to the chef. Bravo!!!!!
Very nice restaurant! The food was delicious and service was excellent. I highly recommend!
Nice ! Well done.
Some of the best Italian food I have had. The veal is perfect and tender. Wife had the pasta special with shrimp which was perfect as well. Nothing like having homemade pasta. The pear dessert was incredible and I highly recommend. This is a gem in Osprey.
We first went to Bolonga in February 2018. It was superb! Did not get around to returning until July. What a disappointment! Pasta was very dry and overcooked. Veal Marsalla was ok, but nothing special. This place really needs a good chef!
Great little Italian restaurant , food and service was excellent. Pasta was home made and delicious would recommend this restaurant
Best lunch in Sarasota !
Amazing ambiance, fresh, delicious Italian food with prime ingredients. Service was fantastic and attentive. Owned by true Italians who take food seriously and cook with care. Would recommend to anyone. Authentic, beautiful food.
Excellent in every way
The best authentic Italian in the area. The food was delicious and our server was precious! So happy to find this place.
Great intimate Italian bistro. Friendly staff. Delicious meals.
After reading all the positive reviews, I thought, no restaurant can be that good!!
Well, let me tell you, it was undersold! From the time we walked in the door 'til we left,
we were surprised with each and every selection; Taglitelli Bolognese, Veal Ossobucca (which wasn't
even in the menu), Ravioli with sage butter sauce, and Vodka sauce macaroni.
Even before we were served our entrees, we devoured the Proscuitto and melon tower that was not only tasty and fresh, but truly, a work of art! We also went crazy over the cheese platter which had at least five different delectable cheeses with fresh fruits and vegetables which also was presented with an artistic flair!!
Yes, we had dessert! Creme brûlée, and profiteroles with limoncello and complimentary Grappa, made in house. Fantastic!
Do yourself a favor and try out this fantastic Italian Cafe. Your tastebuds won't be disappointed!!!
Service, was excellent and friendly . White tablecloths, always a plus!!
The very best, including lunch!
Quite [for the most part], out of the way, expensive but very good.
The owners and staff are very friendly and engaging. The food is wonderful. The closest thing i've found to true authentic Italian. They import their products from Italy. The wine is great and they have a good selection. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. Great place with great food and service.
great food, great service, make sure you try the antipasto sculpture
Homemade pasta, sauce , breads and deserts- all top shelf!
Although Cafe Bologna is a bit on the pricey side for Italian cuisine, the food is delicious. This small, intimate restaurant provides good service along with the authentic italian food.
Wonderful little gem! Excellent food and service in a charming setting. It sits in a small plaza in Osprey Florida. You could definitely miss it. Search this place out, it is very special. Excellent homemade pastas!!!
First visit to Cafe Bologna and we will return!!Everything was. delicious-
Shared appetizers and then two of us had a special pasta with shrimp and asparagus,while the other two had veal dishes.Pasta is homemade and really good!!
The desserts were excellent!!...and wine very nice also-
Service was attentive and good, and it was one of the quietest restaurants ive been to in area!!
i cant say about "value" as women were given menus without prices-an old fashioned touch ---could do without---only slightly negative thing about the visit!!..I think prices are perhaps bit higher than some places in area,but the quality of meal and service justifies this-all my dining companions felt the same!!
One of the best meals weve had in Sarasota area this season, and for past several years a!!
We had an excellent dinner. The appetizers (caprese salad and prosciutto with melon) were both top notch. The pasta is all homemade and a great choice. We will return.
Excellent Northern Italian Cuisine! The best by far in the Sarasota area. We have to drive 45 minutes at least to get there but it is well worth the trouble. Also I always buy their wonderful olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They are delicious!
Amazing food and staff.
Hands down the BEST (and most authentic) Italian restaurant in the Sarasota/Osprey area. Fabulous service and ambience. Food is spectacular!
Wonderful food in an intimate atmosphere. I love the new outdoor bar/eating area. This place is definitely a find.
Everything was wonderful as usual except the creme brûlée. It was served warm and there was very little glazed sugar on the top...Would not order it again.
Food was excellent. Service outstanding. Lemon grappa complimentary and delicious !
Wonderful evening. Our meal was superb; hosts very warm and gracious; waiter Dylan both charming and knowledgeable. Our first time but we will definitely go back (and try one of their wine dinners).
Very nice. Great waiter