Italian Tradition Restaurant and Martini Bar
**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.
Pricey for what it is .
Very nice dinner with friends and restaurant was very pleasant ... not crowded and quiet.
Thank you for making our thanksgiving away from family actually enjoyable!
Great atmosphere- friendly but slow service. If they can pick up the pace of their service they’ll have a nice spot here!!
Our favorite for a comfortable elegance and a delicious food. Tina and Carlo know how to bring you to Italy. Ask for a fireside table (when we are not there);
Another outstanding meal at Italian Tradition. I had the Thanksgiving special, their version of the traditional Turkey dinner and it was excellent. The stuffing which contained plums was probably the highlight of the meal. The turkey was done perfectly and the gravy and mashed potatoes were excellent
Amazing... really Italian fine food
Had a great first time there. Food was amazing and authentic. I definitely can’t wait to bring more friends and family in!
Had higher expectations! Will not be back.
Love sitting outside near the fireplace. The service is very slow, so I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant if you have plans to meet up with anyone after, but the food is worth the wait.
Food was excellent. Thought prices were a bit on high side. Service very good and well taken care of.
It was our anniversary, we had a table in their private dining room. Was our First visit to Restaurant and Well worth it!
It is an Experience, if your in a Rush, don’t go. The timing was Perfect, the attention to detail was impressive, everything from the time we got there, to when we left was Excellent! Everything we ate was Freshly made to order.
We will be back for another dinner, not just a Special occasion.
Another wonderful meal.
Not the typical Americanized Italian food you find everywhere. Feels much more like you are eating in Italy.
Nicely paced meal in a lovely environment with attentive but not too fawning service.
Currently our favorite restaurant in Sarasota.
Veal Tonnato and zucchini flan appetizers were both excellent. Chef special mushroom and foie gras lasagna was delicious. Seafood risotto was very good but perhaps the shrimps could have been cooked a little bit less
Special wine was enjoyable and a good price performer.
Now was the veal really veal or tender beef? Not sure but who cares, just eat it. Did special lasagna really have foie gras or was it chicken liver? Definitely not buttery, melt in your mouth foie gras but still wonderful.
Cheese platter was a good assortment and I did enjoy it, but I must register my usual complaint (that seems to apply to every restaurant (which I'm sure is the result of board of health requirements)) but the cheese would have been more enjoyable room temperature instead of cold.
Thanks for a wonderful evening. Keep up the great work. Will be back soon.
Authentic Italian! The real deal
Beautiful place to dine and food was excellent. Only one server so service was slow.
Enjoyable and delicious! Look forward to returning soon.
A beautiful setting with service and food to match. We are residents of Sarasota and accordingly know most of the restaurants from a local perspective and Italian Traditions never disappoints. This is fine dining with prices that are the best bargain in Sarasota and the food. . .just excellent. It is unusual to find this atmosphere, service and quality of food. Every meal at Italian Traditions just seems special , it is a great place to take friends, family and visitors.
The attention to detail was fantastic. The owners were wonderful and very accommodating. It was authentic and an exceptional experience highly recommended. We can’t wait to return.
Food was quite good - more authentic than most Italian restaurants in the area, but a bit overpriced. Service was a bit spotty, having to wait a long time to order. There is a lovely garden for outdoor seating when weather permits. Veal in osso buco could have been more tender if it had been cooked longer. We would definitely go back and order more carefully.
Elegant Cuisine. Traditional European style.
Love the place.....Quiet, great food, lovely owners.
We went with friends to try a special menu option. It was wonderful. The service is outstanding and the food is very good. Try it!
This was our second visit.
The food was so good. I had pasta with Bolognese sauce and my husband had the pasta with clams. Very nice atmosphere. Will recommend to everyone.
Excellent food and personalized outstanding food cooked to order
We had another fantastic meal at Italian Tradition. The minestrone soup was the best I ever had. The service And food here is traditional to an authentic Italian meal, an event. The courses are not rushed, thankfully. They are appropriately spaced to enjoy each course of food and wine. If you’re looking for a very quick in and out meal this may be not the place to go. Each dish is made to order. We absolutely love this restaurant.
Nicely paced meal, delicious food and friendly service.
After dining at Italian Tradition for the first time, my husband and I are confident we have found our new favorite date-night restaurant! Everything was five stars: the food, ambience, service, and overall dining experience, which was unique and absolutely charming. All of the food from the bread to the biscotti was clearly made in house with the chef's careful and skillful hands. The atmosphere was beautiful and elegant to prepare us for an authentic and extremely delicious meal. My husband had the branzino -- it was so good, I couldn't help myself from having more than just one bite! I had the seafood pasta which was absolutely superb -- so fresh, and by far the best seafood I've had. One of the best restaurants in Sarasota, hands down. My new go-to place to take friends, family, and clients.
Another great meal,. Friendly oeople
The food was wonderful! Everyone in our party enjoyed their selection. The restaurant was busy with a few large groups and had the wait staff and kitchen a bit frazzled. They kindly comped us with a bottle of wine for the wait.
Would definitely return!
Very slow to receive food. Whoever heard of serving French fries with Italian food?
Very personal service from the owner
Fresh in house made pasta perfectly prepared
Nice wine selection most between $45 and $ 100.00
Very European pace, so you do not feel rushed
Hidden gem! The passion of the chef and his wife for perfection comes shining through. Both the food and attention we received made us feel like Italian royalty. We will be back!!
This restaurant is beautifully decorated, and very comfortable. The staff and owners are genuine, lovely people and the food is outstanding! The BEST Italian food and wine in Sarasota. The outdoor patio is beautiful in itself and perfect for winter months with a fireplace. This is a cant miss restaurant. The food is consistently great.
Food was good, but when it takes 2 hours to be served a meal , it really takes the enjoyment out of it. We sat at our table for 15 minutes before anyone brought water or asked us if we wanted a drink. Slow doesn't even explain how awful it was.
Everything we read before dining here was true. The food and drinks were Very good. The restaurant is beautiful, not too noisy. The slowness of service probably has to do with the fact that one person was taking orders, pouring wine, mixing cocktails and then she was also bringing out the plates. Altogether a beautiful experience
I wishedI I wouldn’t have to say this but the food and the service used to be better. The food has become bland. The dining experience was disappointing. Hope that they just had an off night due to training a new server.
If you really want a taste of real Italian food in Sarasota or near by I highly recommend this amazing restaurant. The owners from Torino , a superb city with one of the most sophisticated food in Italy have the best taste to bring Piemonte region to the table .
Wine list is superb and the the menu is short which I love because it shows that it is carefully planned and many things are made in-house and at the moment .
tables of 2 set too close to other tables of 2. needed at least 2 more wait staff which would speed up the slow service. Pasta average not exceptional. overall not great experience
A lovely spot that feels comfortable. Chef Carlo is humble and caring, occasionally shows up at the table to see if we enjoy what he cooked for us. His knowledge of English is minimal, yet one understands how much he wants to his patron to enjoy his creation.
Tina, his wife, who runs the front of the house is a hard working lady who cares as well, her face lots up at sound of any Italian word. The food is excellent and we love the
ambiance. A pretty main dining room is elegant without being ostentatious and the courtyard's fireplace guarantees the enjoyable evening. Pesto gnocchi is one of our favorites. Cin-Cin! Enjoy!