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Trenne Dolce Italia- our signature dish. - Dolce Italia, Sarasota, FL

Dolce Italia

4.8
4.8
296 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Dolce Italia was established in 2010 by Tiziana Di Costanzo who came from Ischia, an island in the Gulf of Naples. Using a combination of classic Italian dishes, family recipes passed down for generations, and warm hospitality, Dolce Italia has built a reputation in Sarasota as a destination for anyone seeking great food and ambiance. In 2015 Matthew joined as manager of the front of house and is now a managing partner of Dolce Italia. The kitchen staff trained by Tiziana from the beginning are still with the restaurant with Maria being the capocuoco.
Some of the specialities Dolce Italia has become famous for are the Napoletan Eggplant- a tender sautee eggplant with fresh tomatoes crowned with ricotte, the Trenne Dolce Italia- the signature pasta dish with creamy tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and mushroom, and Linguine Seafood with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, and diced grouper sautee with white wine, olive oil, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 921-7007

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    Gulf Gate Dr

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 296 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Food

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Value

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Neighborhood gem

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Italian

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  1. RF

    RonF

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    t appeared to be a quaint local restaurant but we were not impressed. The Caesar salad was dry. We had the chicken and veal piccata and it was somewhat bland. Food was overpriced and was surprised at the small portions. The best thing was the service which was very good. Will not return and it’s a shame as we are new locals.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded 4 days agoCiao Ron, first I want to thank you for coming to try and for your feedback. We clearly missed the mark for you, and it's on us for not checking in with you enough to rectify this during your dining experience. We want every single customer to leave satisfied. That being said, I hope you reconsider giving us another try. You sampled a very tiny part of the menu. I invite you to try some of our specialties and I'm confident you'll enjoy. Grazie

  2. f

    franjo

    Tampa

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great food perfect service. Too many options which makes a return likely

    Dolce ItaliaResponded 2 days agoGrazie, thank you for taking the time to rate us, and we look forward for you to come keep trying!

  3. CC

    CynthiaC

    Naples

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience!!Best eggplant ricotta appetizer ever!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded 2 days agoGrazie, thank you for taking the time to rate us. The Napoletan eggplant will forever be our signature appetizer! Thank you for coming.

  4. AL

    AndrewL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic and authentic Italian family restaurant. Good value and great service

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 24, 2023Grazie, thank you for your kind review, and we look forward to see you again

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I go hereall the time birthday date night just to go to go I go here a lot and hands down my favorite place to eat in Sarasota
  6. D

    Diana

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are huge fans of Dolce Italia. We dine there often and no matter what we order, it is always delicious. The staff is friendly, courteous and attentive. We think Dolce Italia is the best Italian restaurant in Sarasota!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 18, 2023Grazie Diana! We appreciate the review, and look forward to seeing you soon! Our goal is to be your favorite and continue to earn it, every visit.

  7. D

    Diners

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful from start to finish ! There were 5 of us celebrating a friend’s birthday. We all loved our meals . The service was perfect. Most of us ordered from the specials board which I had read were amazing and they were! We can’t wait to go back!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 17, 2023Grazie! It was a pleasure to serve you. We love when people come to celebrate with us.

  8. WM

    WilliamM

    St. Louis

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each of our table of four enjoyed our visit. The service and food were both great.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 17, 2023Grazie, thank you for taking time to review us. We look forward to your next visit.

  9. LT

    LisaT

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took our daughter for the first time. As always, it was wonderful!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 24, 2023Grazie Lisa, always a pleasure. See you next time

  10. JM

    JimM

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great little find. Food and service were outstanding and right prices for the quality of the food. We will definitely be back for this one.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 10, 2023Grazie Jim, we appreciate you taking the time to review us and are very happy you enjoyed. See you next time.

  11. AL

    AgnesL

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Small Italian restaurant with good food that is moderately priced.Have gone twice in the past ten days.Worth a visit.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 10, 2023Grazie, thank you for your review and we hope to see you again.

  12. WM

    WinnieM

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trenne Pasta is superb

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 10, 2023Grazie Winnie! your party was a lot fun

  13. S

    Srose

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pasta and service

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 4, 2023Grazie, we appreciate your review and we will hope to see you again.

  14. PB

    PhilB

    Tampa

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food for all 4 of us good service nice restaurant

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on January 4, 2023Grazie Phil, see you soon

  15. FA

    FredA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Very quaint. Staff is great. Food was excellent! Very nice ambiance. I will dine there again.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on December 30, 2022Grazie Fred! Thank you for taking time to rate us and we look forward to see you again

  16. CL

    CelyL

    Denver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I’ll start my review of Dolce Italia with the positive. The Trene pasta dish was outstanding. Rich tomato sauce over al dente pasta and very savory sausage. Unfortunately the restaurant fails in its service. One waiter in particular barely gave us the time of day. We felt rushed to order and then never checked on us after the food was served. For these reasons we will not return.
  17. RC

    RonC

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going to Dolce Italia since it opened 11 years ago, the food, service, ambiance have always been great! We first met Tiziana when she was a server, who knew a little English, to see her grow into what she has become is remarkable. Owner/Chef (although she considers herself a Cook, not a Chef) of the best Italian restaurant in Sarasota. The addition of Matthew as managing partner just makes it that much better! Everyone is treated like family.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on December 21, 2022Grazie mille, it's be a long journey- 13 years, and you've been a big part of our story. We appreciate the people who saw Tiziana build the restaurant from the ground up, and are still with us, still enjoying, and seeing Dolce move into the future. Thank you so much

  18. B

    Bazildog

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great dining experience. Limited menu but everything well done and very Italian. Would recommend to anyone who wants to experience authentic Italian food

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on December 19, 2022Grazie, thank you for taking time to rate us. We try to keep a rotating menu of specials so there is always something new to try.

  19. LP

    LeslyPirela

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it!!! My husband and I had an amazing experience!!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on December 9, 2022Grazie! Your party was a lot of fun!

  20. HR

    HerbR

    Naples

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only one word can be used to describe the food and service at Dolce Italia: FANTASTICO. Go and enjoy.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on December 5, 2022Grazie mille Herb! We appreciate your review, our staff takes pride in what we do and we are glad you noticed. See you next time.

  21. s

    susicle

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was unbelievably delicious as always in this small, intimate restaurant. Service is friendly and efficient.
  22. S

    Steve

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small friendly place, attentive service & great food. What else needs to be said. I’ll be back!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 26, 2022Grazie Steve, thanks for taking time to rate us. We are glad you found us and we look forward to seeing you again!

  23. S

    Stefanie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this hidden gem of a restaurant! It has an unassuming front in a little strip mall, but once you step in, you are enveloped in a cozy, intimate restaurant with excellent food and service. We've eaten here twice and both times we never went beyond the specials to order our meals. We highly recommend this restaurant!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on December 12, 2022Grazie Stefanie! We appreciate you taking time to review us and are so happy you enjoy our restaurants. We will keep bringing the specials to you!

  24. LT

    LisaT

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time to Dolce and we will be back for a third. Awesome service and great food!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 26, 2022Grazie Lisa! We appreciate you taking the time to rate us. And we are glad you are a Dolce regular now :-)

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Based on the reviews from Trip Advisor, we drove an hour to visit this restaurant! We could not be more pleased with our meal. The food-Seafood Linguini, Red Snapper, our delicious dessert and the service. This was well worth the trip! Matthew and his staff were amazing!!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 26, 2022Grazie! We appreciate you coming to see us very much, and your rating gives us pride. We work hard to provide a consistently great experience.

  26. C

    Caligirl

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time having dinner at Dolce Italia and it was excellent! Food was great, service amazing and the restaurant was packed with locals and tourists . So glad we tried it out, we will be back to try other authentic dishes.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 14, 2022Grazie! We appreciate you coming to try and look forward to bringing you another great experience.

  27. CR

    CharlesR

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We ate here for a Friday dinner around 7:00pm. We called Dolce Italia a week ahead of time to make reservations confirming my sister's birthday dinner. We arrived on time and were seated somewhat promptly, only waiting 10 minutes after our reservation time. The server pushed alcohol/wine hard but we are not drinkers and had to keep saying no. The food that we ordered was decent but not memorable. Bread service was nonexistent but our water was refilled once. Unfortunately, we were never offered normal drink refills. Part of our reason dining here was to clebrate my sister's birthday. I made a reservation with that information noted quite clearly. There was no acknowledgement and no special service offered. Overall, this place is not good for out of towners or special events. They seemed to focus on locals and not irregulars.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 26, 2022We have to take ownership when the service is not up to our high standard, and that was the case with your reservation. It's our regret that we didn't make your birthday dinner special, and we apologize. We wrote you a private message and all we can do is own up to our mistakes and try to learn and improve. We hope for another opportunity to show you what we are all about. Once again, our apologies.

  28. C

    Carla

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was great, the service less so.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 14, 2022We apologize you felt the service was lacking, we hold ourselves to a high standard. We appreciate you giving us the feedback and we will try to learn and improved. We hope you're willing to try us again.

  29. JF

    JimF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The owner and waitstaff were so welcoming to us guests visiting from New Jersey. The preparation and presentation was top notch ! Will return every time I vacation here in Sarasota area.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 14, 2022Grazie Jim! Pleasure to meet you and we looking forward to the next time!

  30. BG

    BobG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This may be the best restaurant in Sarasota. The Treine Dolche w/sausage is outstanding!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 12, 2022Grazie Bob! We love your family

  31. RC

    RobertC

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent family style Italian restaurant owned and run by very nice people. Great food, excellent service and a nice atmosphere!!!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 12, 2022Grazie Robert, thank you for taking time to review us.

  32. FF

    FoodFan

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always excellent!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 12, 2022Grazie! Thank you for taking time to review, we appreciate it

  33. WV

    WVCityGirl60

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time back & Party of Six from West Virginia…Cozy Hidden Gem Restaurant! We did our Siesta Key beach trip “3 girlfriend birthday dinner” with spouses - warm, friendly atmosphere; superb service with authentic Italian pasta meals! I had the “Trenne Dolce Italian sausage with a split cesare insalate - it was divine…a must try! Didn’t see Tiziana this time - we were told she was in Italy… Waiters sung “Happy Birthday” to us at the end of our meal…will come back again & leave room for dessert!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 8, 2022Grazie mille! Your party was a lot of fun. We appreciate you celebrating with us and we look forward to seeing you next time. We will work on our singing voice :-)

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! A tiny spot with a dozen tables nestled in gulf gate. Very casual dining with a good assortment of traditional Italian fare. A decent wine list starting at only $35 a bottle. Many selections could be ordered by the glass. We ordered a beautiful bottle of Trinita Reserva for $50. The waitstaff were friendly and extremely attentive. We capped it all off with a selection off the desert menu (To be shared) listed at $10 ea. We will definitely be back.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 8, 2022Grazie! Was a pleasure meeting, we are glad you found us. We look forward to you returning, we have lots of different wines and specials for you to try.

  35. CS

    CarolS

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 12, 2022Grazie Carol! We appreciate you taking time to review us

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and service!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on November 3, 2022Grazie! Your review gives us pride

  37. V

    Venice

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    After not being there for a few years, it certainly did not disappoint.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on October 31, 2022Grazie, we appreciate you coming back to try and we hope you will return

  38. L

    Laney

    Naples

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always enjoy dolce Italia. Our guest found the calamari to be a bit chewy but otherwise it was a nice meal.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on October 31, 2022Grazie Laney, thank you for taking time to rate us.

  39. P

    Pepperridge

    Chicago

    226 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    226 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite Italian restaurant in The Sarasota area; great Management, food is authentic Italian and consistent! Thank you again and again!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on October 28, 2022Grazie! We appreciate you recognizing our hard work, the goal is always consistency. We are so proud to be your favorite and we will keep it that way.

  40. P

    Peanut

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful evening meeting friends and dining out. The restaurant did not disappoint!! I highly recommend.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on October 28, 2022Grazie mille, thank you for taking time to review and we look forward to seeing you again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Dolce Italia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 921-7007.

Dolce Italia is rated 4.8 stars by 296 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Dolce Italia

6551 Gateway Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231-5803

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gulf Gate Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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