Italian Tradition Restaurant and Martini Bar

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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Naples
61 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Pricey for what it is .

DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very nice dinner with friends and restaurant was very pleasant ... not crowded and quiet.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making our thanksgiving away from family actually enjoyable!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere- friendly but slow service. If they can pick up the pace of their service they’ll have a nice spot here!!

A
Tallahassee
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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);

G
Tampa
62 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing... really Italian fine food

OT
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great first time there. Food was amazing and authentic. I definitely can’t wait to bring more friends and family in!

PJ
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Had higher expectations! Will not be back.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

RT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Thought prices were a bit on high side. Service very good and well taken care of.

S
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MG
Naples
42 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

R
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian! The real deal

DS
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful place to dine and food was excellent. Only one server so service was slow.

AO
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyable and delicious! Look forward to returning soon.

P
Naples
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FA
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

R
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant Cuisine. Traditional European style.

p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place.....Quiet, great food, lovely owners.

SR
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

G
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and personalized outstanding food cooked to order

TR
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous!

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MG
Naples
43 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicely paced meal, delicious food and friendly service.

S
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

G
Tampa
62 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal,. Friendly oeople

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Very slow to receive food. Whoever heard of serving French fries with Italian food?

S
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

LM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PJ
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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.

F
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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

A
Naples
62 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 .

j
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
Tallahassee
23 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!