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

Dolce Italia

4.9
4.9
501 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 501 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Overall

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Food

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Service

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Value

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Italian

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Overall

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Food

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Service

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Value

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Neighborhood gem

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Italian

501 Reviews
  1. CarolL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wish we lived in Sarasota so we could go every night. Best restaurant in town.

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  2. WendyL

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fabulous dining experience at Dolce Italia! Outstanding dishes served by the most friendly staff in a comfortable venue you can have a conversation in.

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  3. suebee

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our evening! Delicious food, fabulous service, and the cozy environment!! The staff was wonderful!

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  4. MattiaT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was outstanding. We had the three specials for the day. We couldn’t decide which one we liked best. I can’t wait to go back. Dolce is a must if you live truly authentic Italian food.

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  5. millerpgh15

    Pittsburgh

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really great Italian restaurant in Gulf Gate. Dolce Italian is a small, warm neighborhood restaurant with a friendly owner and staff who all make you feel at home. And the food is fabulous. We started with the Napoletan eggplant appetizer, which was simply excellent, I had the Fruitti di mare, which is my go to dish to rate restaurants. it did not disappoint. The shellfish was excellent and the grouper was a perfect local fish to include. My wife had the Penne All’ Arrabbiata with crumbled sausage, which also was excellent. Took us far too long to get here - we will return often.

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  6. JanA

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful neighborhood restaurant, cozy and comfortable yet still obviously upscale. Attentive efficient and friendly service throughout the evening. Menu is not overwhelming with more than enough entree, desert and wine options. I was surprised we had never discovered this charming place previously.

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  7. LisaT

    Cleveland

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a great meal. We all belonged to the clean plate club as all 5 of us ate every bite! Continue the good food and we will be back!

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  8. chuckgolf

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant in the Sarasota area Matt always makes us feel welcome. Always new specials and exciting offerings Services fantastic Can’t say enough, good, and can’t wait to return!

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  9. LaurieS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Meals were excellent. Everyone in our party enjoyed. Salads were small for the price. Will return!!

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  10. FrankW

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of our favorite places. Family-owned feel, maybe 15 tables. Homemade crusty bread. Try it, you will be pleased.

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  11. MarilynnS

    Pittsburgh

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. My favorite in all of Sarasota!

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  12. ARvisitors

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and wine were excellent; very friendly staff. Service was excellent and we got our food quickly. Will definitely visit again when we’re in the area.

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  13. klongs40

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wine offerings and food were excellent. Dessert was also outstanding. A hidden gem for sure. We have already suggested it to several friends.

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  14. Jodyfine

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite Italian restaurants in Sarasota....food...atmosphere...service...and all else are outstanding .....so many great choices and specials but we always defer to our go too dish which is their signature pasta...Thinna...inhave mime with both crumble sausage and meatballs....the Apps as well are delicious...i love the prousitto with shaved parm....whatever you choose I'm sure you will be pleased....10 across the board

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  15. michaelr

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not sure I want to share this for fear we’ll have a hard time getting a reservation the next time!! What a hidden gem we just found. I didn’t count, but around eleven 4-tops? The owner and the staff gave us wonderful service, the food was fantastic. We’ll be regulars.

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  16. RobA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pasta special good, tasty, but not much food for $32

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  17. NancyK

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiters are very personable and go above and beyond to answer any questions you might have and are happy to make recommendations The food is excellent and served very warm. Great atmosphere. Reminds you of places in Italy.

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  18. CherylK

    Naples

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time here and we most definitely will return! From the moment we were seated our experience was wonderful. We were greeted by the wait staff, informed what the specials were with wonderful descriptions and then the hot from the oven bread was immediately brought to our table after drink orders were taken. I liked that the menu had just the right amount of choices- not too many but enough to have a difficult time choosing! Our entrees were delightful and what I especially loved is that my food was temperature hot! There's nothing worse to me than having lukewarm food brought to the table. The portions were not huge, but just enough to be able to take a box home! I only wish we had room for dessert! We had an absolutely delightful time and most certainly will return!

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  19. Purple

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always the food and service were amazing! Our third time there and we will be going back!

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  20. JoanieA

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you love, homemade Italian dishes with creativity, this is your restaurant they even have imported white anchovies for your Caesar salad the signature appetizer with sautéed eggplant, burrata and cheese are delicious. The homemade triangular pasta with a variety of sauces will meet your comfort needs. Important fact, save room for desserts. If you want someone to open the door as you arrive, white table cloths and fabulous service, you will love this place. Just make sure you have a reservation as it is small.

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  21. bjandcompany

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding seems an understatement for this jewel of a local Italian restaurant. We dine out regularly and the service and food at Dolce beat almost everyone. We're fortunate to live around the corner and look forward to our next visit.

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  22. susicle

    Greater Boston

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a delightful experience. Food is spectacular and reasonably priced. Service friendly and efficient .

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  23. EllenP

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place in every respect. Most notable is the friendly and customer centered attitude of everyone who works there. The pastas are fabulous and the room is warm and inviting. I can’t believe this was our first visit in 10 years living in Sarasota. We will be back soon!

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  24. chuckgolf

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have become regulars, and for good reason! Food, updating the menus, service, and atmosphere are superb. We have been going about twice a week, and will continue!

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  25. chuckgolf

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit this week Even better than the first! Service, atmosphere, menu, food , and wait staff were exceptional!! No complaints…only positives!! Can’t wait for our visit!

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  26. TonyT

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice, small and quiet place for a special dinner for two. Feels like you’re at someone’s home with personal attention and good food albeit a little bland (which helps with our salt intake) but overall was nice…dinner does not include salad (which was somewhat expected) and the bill for two meals, a salad, one beer and a glass if wine was $101 (no appetizers and no dessert) and add tip to that…to me, it makes it a bit pricey

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  27. Susan

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant with excellent food and service. Owner present and connects with customers.

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  28. chuckgolf

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First timer!! What a great experience!! Service, staff, menu, and the food were exceptional!! Moved way up my favorites list!

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  29. Mike

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful and personal dinner experience. Authentic Italian cuisine, with recommendations from the owner. I would give a 6 star recommendation if I could.

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  30. SuzanneG

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of food was excellent, you could tell they put a lot of love and thought into their meals. They called me by name when I entered this restaurant, even though it is my first time coming. The waiter was helpful and friendly, and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience here, we look forward to going again

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  31. SandeeD

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening with friends at this charming restaurant. Everything we ordered was delicious. Thoughtfully plated, not just a heap of pasta. Took me back to Italy. Definitely worth the visit!

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  32. JoanieA

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very small and genuine Italian restaurant. Service was incredible, from opening door upon arrival and departure. Homemade pasta was delicious. Caesar salad had the option of white anchovies and bread was perfect. The eggplant and burrata appetizer was creative and a wonderful blend of flavors. This isn’t the first time we’ve been there and definitely won’t be the last. We love taking guests here as it is a dining experience. Everything is made scratch, including desserts which looked “melt in your mouth “ good. You can’t go wrong here but must have a reservation. Enjoy,

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  33. TheBold

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden Gem. Non-pretentious. Wonderful food and people. It seems locals have known about this place for a long time but, for us, this was a great find. The food was magnificently prepared. The special triangle pasta with shrimp was the hands down winner of the evening. Service was incredibly attentive without being overbearing. It was like being Nonna’s kitchen with even better service! Oh, and the wine list, while not very long, is perfectly paired with their offerings. The Collefrisio made the night.

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  34. Pepperridge

    Chicago

    242 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    242 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience and our friends loved it! 😍

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  35. MaryjoW

    Detroit

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. We started with the Bresola which was very good. The Trenne Dolce Italian is a must! Pasta made in-house and was so fresh. Top notch service as well. We will definitely be back. A real gem. Reservations recommended as it is a small place.

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  36. Srose

    Baltimore

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the intimacy of the small size of the restaurant. Delicious fresh Italian food. Excellent service

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  37. sholshky

    New York City

    67 reviews

    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Three of us were there on New Years Eve and the food and service was excellent as usual. We loved the stuffed eggplant appetizer. The Pappardelle with lamb was delicious and the lamb was melt in your mouth. For dessert the Torta Limomacello was a perfect end to a perfect meal.

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  38. IkeK

    Tampa

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Service is OUTSTANDING and the FOOD is very good.

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  39. WilliamD

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going for over 10 years; Dolce Italia never disappoints. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. Best Italian in Sarasota!

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  40. AngieG

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed. Great restaurant with outstanding homemade Italian dishes. Highly recommend!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

FAQs

Dolce Italia does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Dolce Italia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 921-7007.

Dolce Italia is rated 4.9 stars by 501 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 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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