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

Dolce Italia

4.8
4.8
248 Reviews
$30 and under
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

7:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 248 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Italian

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Food

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful dining experience

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on September 23, 2022Grazie, we appreciate your review. See you soon.

  2. PM

    PaulM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was our first time here And we definitely will be back and already told our friends Matthew was very nice and accommodating as was another waiter The food was beyond delicious and being Italian myself I can honestly say it was nonna style cooking Had a dish that I haven’t had since I was a youngster that my mom would make on Sunday mornings, brought me back in time which was awesome Definitely give Dolce Italia a try and I promise you won’t regret it!!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on September 23, 2022Grazie Paul, your words give us pride! We work hard to provide this kind of experience. We look forward to your next visit.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Matthew was amazing! Very friendly. Pasta was amazing! Great wine selection!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on September 23, 2022Grazie! It is our pleasure

  4. CS

    ChristinaS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. A good find in Sarasota!!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on September 23, 2022Grazie Mille!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Our waiter recreated a previous special at my request and it was as delicious as remembered. One of our new favorites!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on September 13, 2022Grazie, thank you for your review. And whenever we have the right ingredients, we will try to make anything you like.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always delicious and delightful! A gem!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on September 13, 2022Grazie! :-)

  7. FF

    FoodFan

    Atlanta

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on September 4, 2022Grazie mille!

  8. HR

    HerbR

    Naples

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Dolce Vita. We definitely will return. The food was excellent.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on September 4, 2022Dolce Italia! Grazie, appreciate your review.

  9. ZQ

    ZannaQ

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took my adult daughter for her birthday while visiting Sarasota. Best Italian food we’ve ever had!! Everything was delicious!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on August 9, 2022Grazie- thanks for taking time to review!

  10. TD

    TomD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a birthday dinner this evening at Dolce Italia, a small, charming restaurant serving authentic Southern Italian cuisine. Our first visit of many more visits to come. Great tasting specials. Beautifully presented. The staff couldn’t have been nicer. My Birthday Girl was even serenaded with the Happy Birthday Song by the handsome young Matteo. Do yourself a favor. If you are like me, you won’t be disappointed with the menu, the service or the atmosphere. Just a wonderful experience.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on August 2, 2022Grazie Tom, thank you for choosing our restaurant to try, and to celebrate. We look to provide a consistently great experience for every visit. We'll see you next time!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! The service was great! So sweet and charming inside! I never can finish my entire plate, but I did tonight! Highly recommend!!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on August 2, 2022Grazie- thanks for taking time to review!

  12. JW

    JannW

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This charming 12-table Italian restaurant sits midestly in the middle of a an ordinary strip mall. We ate there two nights in a row, and the gracious server told us that was the highest compliment that could be given.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on August 2, 2022Grazie Jann - you gave us a great compliment, we aim to be your favorite Italian restaurant.

  13. S

    Serafim221

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Italian food in a cozy atmosphere. Will be back again.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on July 15, 2022Grazie, we're gald you felt at home. That's our intention. See you next time.

  14. BP

    BarbaraP

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and delicious experience - husband's bday and it definitely did not disappoint. We will be back :-)

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on July 15, 2022Grazie, thanks for choosing our restaurant for your birthday. See you next time.

  15. DS

    DebbieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had their lasagna, it was the best I've ever had no lie!! Their dishes are made with all home made pasta & it is very very good. The atmosphere was very nice. The staff was super friendly. The waitress took mine & my husband's picture in front of the 3D mural.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on July 6, 2022Thanks for visiting we enjoyed having you! We'll see you the next time you are in Sarasota.

  16. JF

    JillF

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding, with a menu that made me feel that I couldn’t go wrong no matter what I chose. And the experience was definitely enhanced by the charming and friendly service.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on July 6, 2022Grazie Jill. We look forward to your next visit when you can try something different!

  17. SR

    StevenR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Not enough entree choices on the menu very limited. i had the lasagna it was mushy and not tasty at all.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on June 28, 2022I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your meal. If given the opportunity we could have offered you something different. But you left unhappy, so that's on us. But for the record- we have 20 different choices on the menu for a main course, a long with normally 4-6 main course specials to choose from.

  18. CL

    ChristineL

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All four of us ordered different meals which were wonderful. Our waiter was great, and we were surrounded by people who said it was one of there faves.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on June 28, 2022Thanks Christine! We're happy you chose to try our restaurant. We look to bring the same great experience every time! Grazie

  19. d

    dmsi

    Tampa

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful Italian food, ambiance and service.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on July 11, 2022Grazie, we'll look forward to your next visit.

  20. d

    doug

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Experience ! Highly recommended for AUTHENTIC Italian food 👍🏻

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on June 22, 2022Grazie! Thank you for trying and taking time to review. We look to make it a great experience every time

  21. AK

    AllaK

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Very good food and outstanding service!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on June 22, 2022Grazie! See you next time

  22. DH

    DeweyH

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was deliscious, we tried the Savor Sarasota menu so we got to try three different courses. The signature triangle pasta was a big hit. They also had gluten free pasta for one of us. The limoncello cake was a very nice ending to a wonderful meal!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on June 22, 2022Grazie- we're glad you had a chance to come and try and we will always have our Trenne Dolce Italia here for you. See you all soon!

  23. t

    texian6

    Tulsa

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As someone who has grown to love authentic Italian cooking, I was pleased to find this small and popular trattoria featuring well-prepared fresh seafood dishes. The bonus was finding my favorite Italian white wine (Falanghina) on the list.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on June 13, 2022Thank you for coming and we are happy you enjoyed - Falanghina is a very popular wine in Campania and we are glad someone appreciates.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The dinners were excellent, Savor Sarasota menu offered many choices, all were happy and delighted. Matthew was the Best! Dolce Italia is our Favorite Italian restaurant by far!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on June 13, 2022Grazie! Thank you for your support. Look forward to seeing you again.

  25. E

    Eddie

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is always delicious. Prices a bit high for pasta. Service was very good except they forgot my dessert.
  26. JP

    JamesP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a pleasurable experience in your quaint little restaurant. We always enjoy the food and the portions are just enough; not overwhelming! Matt is always his charming self with an ever lasting smile! A real pleasure!
  27. M

    Maryanne

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food was well prepared and authentic.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 28, 2022Thank you for coming to try and taking time to review! We look forward to your next visit.

  28. T

    Terry

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and friendly family like service. We felt like we were at a friend’s house for dinner!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 28, 2022Grazie Terry! We are glad you noticed- we try to treat all our guests as family. See you next time.

  29. J

    Jacquie

    Denver

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always spectacular here. The restaurant is small and the staff is efficient.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 23, 2022Grazie- we have a great staff in the kitchen and in the dining room, and we're glad you noticed. See you next time.

  30. s

    sweetdee

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing !! The food was out of the world….family recipes that were unbelievable!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 23, 2022Grazie! We have a lot of family recipes along with some Italian classics. Look forward to your next visit.

  31. SJ

    SharonJ

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian anywhere around Sarasota. Great ambiance, feels like a little cafe in Italy. The owner and staff treat all their customers like guests in their home

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 23, 2022Thank you- we are glad you enjoyed. We look forward to seeing you again.

  32. K

    Keuka48

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fabulous and the service was excellent!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 23, 2022Grazie! Thanks for taking time to review.

  33. T

    Tourist67

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I ate at this restaurant last year and loved it, so we decided to come back for Mother's Day. The food itself was delicious but the quantity was on the small side for the price. I had the pasta and seafood. The muscles, clams were so small and the squid was hard and overcooked and uneatable. I left all of the squid( calamari) and mentioned to the waitress that I thought I should have gotten a discount on that meal or even a refund. The owner gave me a complimentary dessert and a cup of espresso. I've never given a restaurant review before but sorry I didn't come away from this meal satisfied.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 11, 2022I apologize you didn't have great experience- if you leave unsatisfied, no matter the reason, it means we didn't do our job to the best of our ability. I will take it as a learning experience and I hope you will come give us a try again and we will make sure you have a great experience again.

  34. KA

    KatiaA

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Our server was attentive but not rushing us to choose our dishes. She offered suggestions and answered questions with knowledge . I recommend and we will be back

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 11, 2022Grazie- thanks for coming to try. Our staff takes a lot of pride in what they do and we're glad you noticed. We hope to deliver a great experience every time.

  35. MI

    MarkI

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat outside and had another wonderful meal at this great restaurant. Our waitress was sweet, knowledgeable, attentive. We brought friends who hadn't been there before and they are definitely going back. Always a lovely evening at Dolce Italia.
  36. G

    Gator54

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was outstanding as usual had the mussels appetizer which was excellent. The lasagna was delicious and I highly recommend. This is a must try if your looking for great Italian food.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 7, 2022Grazie! Thank you for taking time to review.

  37. R

    Rosie

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Quaint restaurant with excellent food. Staff was great and answered all our questions. Would definitely go back.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 7, 2022Thank you! We look forward to seeing you next time.

  38. D

    Duke

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice little family owned restaurant with good food and excellent service!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 3, 2022Grazie Duke! We appreciate you coming to try and taking time to review.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is a pasta house, with home made pastas & sauces. Enjoy! A nice table was set out of doors as requested. Perfect night for friends to get together. Staff is very attentive, making sure you have what you need. The owner stopped by after the meal to assure all is well. Next time I will try indoor seating.

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 3, 2022Grazie! Thank you for taking the time to review- and we look forward to seeing you again.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time!

    Dolce ItaliaResponded on May 3, 2022Grazie! See you next time, we try to make every time great!

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 248 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 3 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 Tue–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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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