Italian Traditional Restaurant Angelino
**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.
Although management has changed, IT has the same wonderful food and ambiance that it always has had. The only change we noticed was that the new management team has improved the service! It is a consistently great local restaurant!
Went there to celebrate a birthday. Food was ok but not great. Very expensive. Side salad for $14 with pear and Gorgonzola was not big enough to share. Service was lacking. Waiter had a “helper” who stood around with her hands in her pockets most of the night. Didn’t refill water, or clear plates in a timely manner. Never asked if we wanted another bottle of wine. Ordered coffee at 7pm and at 7:20, when it still hadn’t been delivered, we cancelled it and requested the check. Took six minutes to get the check. Waiter brought one check and looked confused that we would request a split check, one for each of the two couples. When spending $200 on a meal for two, we expect exceptional food and service. Neither were up to snuff.
Food was just ok. Service very good.
Italian Tradition is one of our favorite restaurants. The authentic Italian food is delicious and the highest quality. We find their patio very pleasant. While we have experienced problems with the service—the waitstaff is wonderful but in need of training—the food has been consistently excellent. I understand there is a new owner who owns several restaurants in Italy, so I’m really excited to see what he does going forward.
We always have great service and great food in this wonderful restaurant.
Always our very favorite Sarasota restaurant. When family comes to town, Italian Tradition is where they want to go.
Everything is delicious.
I was really looking forward to our dinner here, and was very disappointed. We were a family of 6, ready to enjoy the food, drinks and each other. The young woman hostess was lovely. The waiter who turned out to be the manager(?) was terrible and clueless. There were so many service errors, including forgetting my dinner order completely - then charging us 2x for that meal. It is a lovely spot, and I really hope that they can turn it around. But, it is expensive and will not survive with subpar service. I would recommend that they focus their menu on real authentic italian food, invest in training staff, and put customer service at the top of their list. Next door, Rosemary & Sage is a wonderful spot with greta food and service - and less pricey.
Servic was awful
The staff was overwhelmed by a fairly full house
My wife was finished with her main course before mine arrived
Was an hour before we got any food
Horrible evening despite solid food
We have been to IT six or seven times. The food is wonderful. The service is not. On our visit in November, the seven tables around us were all frustrated by the lack of service. Since we love the food, I took the owner aside and explained that she really, really needed to hire staff, especially with the coming of “season”. She thanked me. We returned recently with four friends. Yes, there was staff. I had a view of them, and found that they all either 1) stood around talking to each other, or had no idea what to do. Our experience was very disappointing, and it was embarrassing to put our friends through this experience. It took 40 minutes after we were SEATED to get someone (after repeated attempts to flag someone) to take our drink order. It took 4 requests to get a bread basket and MENUS. Someone finally came to take our order 1.5 HOURS after our arrival time. Our first course took an additional 30 minutes (so two hours after we were seated) and that was after I got up and spoke to the owner. Two of us had ordered Caesar salads, and when they came, NO DRESSING. We just ate it, as we were starving at that point. When the entrees finally came, most were only warm versus piping hot. At this point a few ordered coffee, but we all passed on dessert, as we had been there 3.5 HOURS. Unfortunately, we can no longer keep Italian Tradition in the rotation list for Sarasota — too many other restaurants that understand the quality and service equation. Very disappointing.
Food was delicious but wish portions were a little larger. Staff was great!
Incredible authentic Italian cuisine. We will be back. Felt like we were in Italy!
Very nice ambience - great outdoor fireplace. It was quiet, which was important to one of our party who is hearing impaired. The service was OK, not great. The food was OK, not great. The price seemed pretty steep for the quality of the food. But, overall, it was a nice experience and since Rosemary & Thyme (which is right next door and has better food) was fully booked that evening, it was a reasonable alternative.
Excellent food, service and atmosphere! The best Italian food in Sarasota. They have other excellent food choices as well. Great wine also. We sat outside and it was very quaint with a fireplace and beautiful lighting. Highly recommend!
Wonderful dinner and the service and ambiance were amamzing!!
Always a treat to dine at IT. You can always count on a warm welcome, good service, and consistently great food. We’ve never been disappointed!
Always a great experience when visiting...
Terrible service. Good food but you’ll die of hunger or boredom before it gets to the table. NOT worth the wait
Long anticipated Christmas Day dinner (reservation made 3 weeks in advance) with a family of 5 and we ended up walking out. Our reservation was for 6:30pm - by 8:30pm we still did not have our entrees. Had to ask for bread twice before getting it. When I complained to the owner - I was told that sometimes these things happen given that they prepared all the food from scratch and we were free to walk out. We did and ended up eating Thai at 9pm on Christmas. Nothing excuses this or can make up for this unfortunate experience. This restaurant knew well in advance how busy they were going to get and chose to accept all reservations and offer full menu.
Awesome food and service
Always our favorite place to go!
There was not enough staff there the evening we went to dine. No one seemed to be in charge. Food was like warm. We were disappointed.
Really fabulous restaurant. The owners were lovely and the branzino was outstanding.
Loved everything about our evening at IT. Food was terrific, service was great, and owners very friendly!
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.