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Italian Tradition Restaurant and Martini Bar

55 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for a Date (14)
  • Neighborhood Gem (13)
  • Creative Cuisine (10)
Italian Tradition Restaurant & Martini Bar is downtown Sarasota’s newest and most-exclusive dining experience, serving authentic Italian recipes made with only the freshest and finest ingredients.

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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Italian, Organic, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm - 10pm
Closed Tuesdays
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Phone number
(941) 706-1677
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 55 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 7 days ago

The service was horrible...simply horrible. After we were seated we waited 25 minutes just to be acknowledged. We finially gave an order for drinks only to be followed up by another person coming to the table 15 minutes later asking for the same drink order. The first drink order was missing. The staff was rude and surly. After an hour my wife asked for some bread. We had only received water by this time. Water that we had to request. She was told you only get the bread after you place your order and the menus are removed so you don't get butter on the menus. She was told to be patient. While the food was satisfactory the waiter had no idea who ordered what. Our dinner wine arrived after we were finished with the meal. I sent the wine back and asked for the check.
No apologies for the horrible service. I regret not leaving after the first 30 minutes.

StanLisaFlorida (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great dining experience outside near the fireplace. Authentic Italian & the service was exceptional. The servers are from Italy & are very friendly & helpful. We went before theater reservations & they got us out in time.

vipSundayman (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Overrated in all respects. Service was frantic as though a few servers never showed up. Food was OK at best

vipBobT (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellently prepared Italian dining and professional service in a great space. IT has it. We love the laid back bistro vibe. It's already becoming one of our favorite go-to places in Sarasota.
susie + bob

vipPolarBearMom (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Italian Tradition was an exceptional restaurant. Creative but not weird. Traditional but not hide-bound. We had the gnocchi alla genovese and they were like no other gnocchi I've ever had -- and among the best! Beautiful presentation, amazing texture and taste, generous portions. The zucchini flan was wonderful, and the semifreddo just out of this world (pistachio semifreddi, honey, chocolate sauce, just a fabulous dish of flavor and texture.

Service was unobtrusive and easygoing, the wine list extensive. If I could afford it I would eat here every week. Bill was $80 for two -- shared appetizer and dessert, two (pasta) entrées, tax & tip. Good value for the meal, just beyond my everyday budget!

And I really appreciate that they say up front that they cater to vegan, vegetarian, etc.

vipPeck (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Fabulous food, delightful ambiance, Outdoor seating around a fireplace. Delightful and efficient staff. A must.

Liza (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Fabulous Italian gem! Beautiful, stylish, chic restaurant. What a wonderful surprise! The meal was sensational! Cant wait to go back!!

vipMSMM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Authentic Italian, beautifully prepared and presented. Delicious. Friendly staff and comfortable surroundings. A must try!

vipRhonewine (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Food excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food but pricy. $200 for two with an inexpensive bottle of wine seems much for a Friday night.

Adean (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Nice little restaurant with a pleasant staff. Portions are on the small side, between tapas and standard fare. Taste was there, kind of left on the hungry side of satisfaction. Worth trying again.

Henry (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Lovely restaurant with very nice regional Italian options. Outdoor dining on the terrace is beautiful. Very relaxed service. If you want to enjoy your company and a leisurely dining experience, Italian Tradition is a wonderful choice.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Great service. The quality of the food is good but slightly overpriced for what is offered in the menu. The experience was very nice. The management takes the time to talk to each table to make sure everybody is having a good time. They have a short list of specialty cocktails with interesting receipts. I would recommend this place for a romantic dinner.

Kelly (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We went to IT for Christmas dinner and were very happy with the menu options, service and atmosphere! Our meal was outstanding!

vipMadamsa (Naples)
3.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

While we enjoyed our dinner, my husband thought the food(ravioli special) was very bland and not worth the price. The restaurant was pretty empty for a Sat. eve. and this is very telling .