Italian Tradition Restaurant and Martini Bar

4.3
221 reviews
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Located in Citrus Square of Sarasota's historic Rosemary District, Italian Tradition Restaurant & Martini Bar is downtown Sarasota’s most-exclusive dining experience, serving authentic Italian recipes made with only the freshest and finest ingredients.

**Seating preferences will be considered but guaranteed.**

Embrace the ambiance of Italy and enjoy a meal in the intimate family dining room, or step out onto the patio for a romantic evening by the fire. Experience the encapsulating aromas and the delicious flair of classic Italian dishes and handcrafted cocktails.

Owners and International Restaurateurs, Carlo and Tina Narbona, have created a menu that can easily be modified to accommodate vegetarians, vegans and those with food allergies. Italian Tradition Restaurant & Martini Bar offers guests a memorable experience of culinary delight, served in a modern atmosphere and prepared with Italian spirit.
What 221 People Are Saying
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Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, excellent service...definitely come back!! Congratulations to the owners!

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BC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 58th wedding anniversary on Thursday 4/15 at IT Italian Tradition.
We have been to this restaurant several times in the past and have never been disappointed with either the food or the service. We highly recommend IT for any occasion.

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DO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful atmosphere and service.

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RW
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Everything was devoured!! Authentic home cooked Italian food! Will be back within a week for sure!!!

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M
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Italian food. My home made raviolis with shrimp and my wife’s branzino were both very good.

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C
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. I had ravioli stuffed with shrimp. The only reason I gave 4 stars and not 5 is twofold. First, the portion was rather small and it should have been more substantial for the price charged. Second, the shrimp used were the very tiny ones - easier for the chef but not what I expected. However, the experience was a very pleasant one and I will be back. The outdoor space was truly delightful.

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Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The restaurant was not busy. We had to ask someone to take our drink order. I ordered a Black Russian. Obviously they had no Kahlua and brought the drink with some substitute which was awful. I should have been given the choice to order something else if they had told me they didn’t have Kahlua. I also felt that $13.50 was a lot of money for a mixed drink. The food was not enjoyed by the group. My wife ordered Shrimp and Scallops. The scallops were rubbery and fishy tasting. My minestrone soup was a collection of vegetables in a tasteless broth. My gnocchi was good, however.
Will not recommend or return.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Early for our reservation and sat at the bar for cocktails we did not get a drink for 20 minutes. We asked to be seated and no one ever came to take our order. After 30 minutes we left and went next-door

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food as always was excellent but the service was very slow. We were the last to be seated at 7:15 so not late but it took 45 minutes before someone took our drink order and then another half hour for our food order to be taken. Clearly they need more servers.

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MD
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The service this time and the last was inconsistent. Eating outside is pleasant but inside is a bit noisy.
The Passat carbanera was the best I ever had.
The bursts cheese was just ok.
The bologmese was good
Shrimp and scallops were good
Eggplant was very good
Seafood pasta very good
Lamp chops though pricy for three were excellent

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was quite good and well priced. The restaurant is upscale and worth a visit. However there is a shortage of staff extending the wait time for service. Excellent wine list as well.

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NJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is attractive and delicious but portions a bit skimpy for the price. Could serve or at least offer more bread without waiting for patrons to request it Quiet, as tables are well-spaced, and that is much appreciated. Loved the outdoor dining area too.

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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very pretty European setting. Service at first was slow and we waited 15 minutes to see a server for a drink. After that it was better. The food was a solid be

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TK
Naples
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations for 2 outside confirmed by opentable and when we got there we were told they didn't have any outside available.

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RW
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! Italian Tradition is the best restaurant in town! Don’t take my word on it, go there and find out! You won’t regret it!

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M
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Keep going back!

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J
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside which was very pleasant! The pasta was excellent and enjoyed by all 4 of us. The homemade was yummy and the pistachio gelato dessert a big hit. The wait staff were attentive and cheerful! We will definitely return soon!!!

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LE
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful evening.
The staff were happy , helpful and engaged.
The food was brought to the table a t a comfortable, not too rushed, not slow pace.
Everything arrived hot, superbly presented with flavours that were delicious without being overwhelming.
It was a complete experience.

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JH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We ate outside on the lovely patio. The food was very good and our server was attentive after a somewhat slow start. Serving only one roll per person seems somewhat tacky in such an expensive restaurant but increasingly that seems to be the norm.

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SL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in Sarasota and great owners and staff.

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RW
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Italian Tradition is by FAR the best restaurant in Sarasota. Clean, authentic preparation. Their carbonara and seafood pasta were out of this world! It truly was the best meal we've experienced in Sarasota. We look forward to another evening, but this time by their outside fire! Oh, and don't forget to try the fresh pineapple martinis....to DIE for! (Owners are hands on and extremely personable!)

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G
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The pasta was outstanding. A great place for dinner for 2

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MS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love going to Italian Tradition because of the quiet atmosphere. This last trip was a big disappointment because it was very very loud. The food was delicious, as usual, but the noise level was very high. We will go back because we like the restaurant and owner so much, but may wait until after the tourist season.

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Naples
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

IN ALL FAIRNESS OUR SERVICE WAS LACKING DUE TO OUR GUESTS BEING VERY LATE AND THIS WONDERFUL ESTABLISHMENT GOT SLAMMED ON A SATURDAY NIGHT.
SOME FOOD WAS SERVED COLD AND SOME LATE. WE THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE BREAD ON THE TABLE AT LEAST UNTIL FOOD ARRIVES. SOME PEOPLE ENJOY BREAD WITH THEIR MEAL.
WE ARE HUGE FANS OF ITALIAN TRADITION AND ALL OF YOUR SERVERS. JULIA BEING OUR FAVORITE. ALL OF THIS SAID BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO DO WELL.

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G
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is real Italian restaurant, where ambiance, service, and deliciously tasting food create an unforgettable experience.
There are many Italian (like) restaurants in Sarasota that try to emulate the real Italian food, but none of them come even close in matching the quality and authenticity of Italian food. “Italian Tradition” is a real gem in the culinary world of Sarasota, which bring the Italian food experience to Florida.
This is a classy restaurant, the makes you feel like being in Italy. If you are a gourmet, and enjoy genuinely high quality food, Italian Traditions is the place to be.
This was our second visit to Italian Traditions, and we really loved it.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

service very slow. food okay but not worth the price

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally Excellent! Fantastic authentic Italian cuisine.

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s
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

food varied from quite good to inedible. 2 dishes sent back. Portions very small and extremely overpriced. they call themselves a martini bar but have very few choices.

Not returning.

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Naples
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time on Saturday night at IT. The food, service, environment were just perfect. We sat outside in the courtyard and it was so beautiful. The fireplace is such a nice touch. We will be back.

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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overpriced but nice. Don’t think we will return for that reason.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We dined at Italian Tradition for our Valentine’s day dinner. This was our first time dining here. The restaurant was very busy due to the holiday. The service was a bit slow, again, it was Valentine’s Day so I’m sure this is the reason why. However the waitstaff were all very friendly and made our dining experience very enjoyable. The food was delicious!

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LJ
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Bring your California appetite and you still leave hungry.

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Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Restaurant was busy due to holiday. Horrible service- waited over 30 minutes for two tiny rolls - portions were appetizer size. Shrimp was over cooked ..... too disappointing for expensive meal. Don’t go on a holiday

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Poor, impersonal, slow service. Very small portion for Bolognese dish, also it lacked any flavor. Very disappointing. We will not be going back or recommending it to anyone

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Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

WE HAVE DINED SEVERAL TIMES AT ITALIAN TRADITION AND WAS ALWAYS MORE THAN PLEASED. HOWEVER ON OUR LAST VISIT (WITH ANOTHER COUPLE (TO WHOM WE HAD RAVED ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THEIR OFFERINGS) THREE OF THE FOUR OPINED THAT THE FOOD WAS JUST AVERAGE. THEIR PRICES ARE SOMEWHAT HIGH, BUT WHEN THE FOOD IS SUPERB, MOST GLAD TO ACCEPT--WHEN FAIR, YOU JUST DON'T HAVE THE SAME FEELING. WILL THINK ABOUT A RETURN. ONE INSTANCE DOES NOT MAKE A FINAL DECISION.

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g
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely and the staff knowledgeable and attentive. On the night we were there they were short staffed, but still managed to get the job done. Of the four meals, three were delicious. I am sorry to say the Osso Buco was tough and disappointing,

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Sarasota. Food is amazing, consistent, and fresh every time. Cocktails are also delicious. This is a place to go to relax, savor and enjoy the food, not for those who want to rush a meal. The wine selection is excellent to pair with food and the owners have true passion. The restaurant is lovely indoors and there is also a cozy fireplace on the patio to enjoy.

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Cleveland
51 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is absolutely Italian authentic. It is gorgeous. We love slow eating, but the charm of slow eating is just a little lost because the service is not great. The reason, not enough staff. The owner, who is charming, also greets people, tends bar and takes orders. It's just too much. We only saw three other servers in the entire restaurant. They need to hire some help. I would have had another glass of wine, but by the time someone got around to asking me I was finished with my meal. They lost out. I love the concept, but they need a few more people working in the evening. The patio is lovely and again the tuna tartare is divine. The gnocchi is so fresh. Just need to invest in a little more help.

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Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinners were all delicious. The server was lovely, helpful and efficient. Definitely will go back again and hope for the same consistency.

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overpriced for what you get.
They come around with one very small bread roll for everyone. My meal had two small scallops and 3 shrimp over maybe a 1/2 cup rizotto. $32.00.
Rizotto was hard and undercooked.

My husband had the oso bucco which he said was very good. He had a good size piece of veal over rizotto which was not undercooked.

I normally don't get an appetizer but had I know the size of the entries I would have.
I still think it's overpriced.

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