Italian Tradition Restaurant and Martini Bar

4.4
126 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
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.

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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Cuisines
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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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
126 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
63%
Very Good
20%
Good
10%
Fair
4%
Poor
3%
4.5
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Haven’t been to this restaurant in a while..... must say I really enjoyed it. !!! Great restaurant to have in Sarasota... great food !!!

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CP
1.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The service was horrible-waited forever to order a drink and only after having to get up and flag down a server. The restaurant wasn’t even that busy but no servers were on the floor for over 20 minutes. The food was not well presented (my husband’s bolognese was cold in the center signaling it had been microwaved). The restaurant had been suggested to us but was a disappointment. We will not recommend nor return.

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R
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Consistently outstanding.

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p
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Very good restaurant. Best carparcio in the area. They should fill the martini glass more. I hate a tall glass only filled 2/3.

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OT
1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

4 of us went for savor sarasota. In my mind this should be a shining showcase to entice more visits at regular prices

The worst
Ordered mussels. 4 came in a bowl. No bread/toast
I ordered pasta with grilled shrimp. 2 shrimp and maybe a cup of pasta thrown together in olive oil
Friend ordered veal scaloppine. 2 small pieced of over fried veal , no sauce,
Dessert was creme brûlée. Maybe a teaspoon in a small cup.
For 32 dollars they should be ashamed.

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SR
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

This has to be the best kept secret in Sarasota. All of us were blown away by the quality of the food and the level of service. The service was excellent without being pretentious. The individual attention from the servers was just right. We tried the Savor Sarasota promotion and all of the food was wonderful. Presentation was impeccable. We can't wait to go back.

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CS
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Italian Tradition is outstanding! We were very impressed with the quality and presentation of each course! We will definitely return.

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OT
2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Portions were so ridiculously small, we went home hungry. Unacceptable.

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TM
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Food was overall very tasty. Ravioli portions were obviously meant to be an in between course not a main course. We will definitely go back but they appeared to be understaffed. Rated a 4 but they should be able to move up

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B
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Excellent, excellent, very creative cuisine, no standard Italian

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h
1.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Ordered using the Savor Sarasota menu. The portions were ridiculously small, & certainly not worth $32. I sent an email to the restaurant stating the above, & never received the courtesy of a reply. They obviously don't care. Would not recommend them, & will not go there again.

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DC
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was very good. Service was lacking. Seemed like there was not enough help. Portion sizes were good.

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PW
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food, wine, ambience, everything perfect. Service was terrific. The restaurant has lovely decor that adds to the dining experience.

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WO
2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Not a very well managed operation. Understaffed and food portions extremely small. Took over an hour to get a drink, and 1:40 hours to get entre. Never again

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OT
2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Food was well above average but the service was nonexistent

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RS
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Tina is the best hostess!! Bellissima!! Please come and not expect to “get in and get out” if you are in a time crunch- go somewhere else. We were a party of 4 and had a 2.5 hour dinner EXPERIENCE. Viletto de Tonno is amazing, pastas are a perfect portion for one (not massive like others- filling/just enough and don’t share). Lemoncello and biscotti to finish. We’ll be back. I feel like i’m in Italy and had a day away from reality. Gratzie!!!

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MS
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Always a quality experience. Never disappointing.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was excellent! Service was great! I would definitely go back here!

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MH
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

My advice is to visit this restaurant if you are looking for quality . We have visited 4 times. We have dined early without the pressure of the crowd. Not over spiced, not a volume of food, just perfect to experience the taste. We will support this restaurant thru the Summer.

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DS
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Poor service. Had to call them over for everything

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M
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Wonderful outside seating and a beautiful evening!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The dinner was amazing. Fresh, homemade pasta with fresh tomatoes, lobster sauce with lobster tail and cut up lobster pieces. Eggplant appetizer was sliced so thin. And sauce was light and fresh. Well done, Carlo. Fine Italian wine served by host Tina. We have eaten here many times, in fact we were one of their first guests. How do they do it?.....perfect every time. We bring our best friends and family here and they love it. A real gem in Sarasota Florida.

Mary Lou and Jim Burne

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AS
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Delicious food! We stopped there for dinner and were treated to mouth-watering rolls, fresh from the oven. With champagne butter and another spread (sorry- can't recall what it was). In my experience, good bread means good food and that proved true. The arugula salad was excellent--both the dressing and the addition of pistachios. The homemade pasta was cooked perfectly, with a sauce that complimented the mushrooms. Perfect meal!

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HR
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Delicious food and with friendly and attentive staff. Might need to order an appetizer as dinner potions are small.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Scratch made Italian regional cuisine. Recipes executed as it should be. If you are looking for a real Italian restaurant this is probably one of the most authentic in the area.

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OT
2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating and a small bar, good food and portion size, spoiled by neglectful service, watered down martinis and wine that was ordered but never served.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great dinning experience. Owner/operator went out of her way to make feel comfortable. Service was outstanding and food was done in a an excellent northern Italian style.

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MA
4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We love IT and frequent this place often. The food is excellent, Italian inspired with unique creativity.

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MC
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This was the second time we dined here and it was just as good as the first. Food was excellent and wait staff was great. Will definitely be going back.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food was outstanding! Just be prepared for a two-hour meal. Definitely a slower pace, but well worth the wait.

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TR
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I love this place! The owners are very attentive and the food is absolutely delicious. One of my favorite places to eat in Sarasota.

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B
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

excellent food, great outdoor terrace to dine in. I had taglietelle with funghi, yikes, it was delicious

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GC
3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

food excellent, as always. Service was horrendous. Took nearly one hour from seating to
receiving first course, and it was not a very busy night.
will go back due to food, but wont repeat if experience of service is the same.

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LD
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent!

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M
5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Love everything about the place; Ambiance, food, service. All makes for a wonderful dining experience.

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v
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This is my new favorite restaurant in Sarasota. This is authentic Italian, with fresh ingredients, creative takes on classic “real Italian” dishes. I had the tuna tartare, it was amazing and stood up to the best tuna tartare I ever had in Florence. I also had the gnocchi in cheese sauce. Fabulous! Tiny little fresh gnocchi with a delicate sauce, delicious. My husband had the beef carpaccio, he loved it. He also had the burrata ravioli. We loved everything. The service was perfect, not rushed. The martinis were generous and icy cold. Can’t say enough about IT. We will be back again and again. Do yourself a favor, ignore the reviews that complain about service, it’s worth every minute and you don’t feel rushed. Bellisimo!

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OT
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Fantastic service and beyond delicious beautiful food!
We loved the cocktails too! Only feedback was to have martini menu as listed as a martini bar. We can’t wait to go back!

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C
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Delicious food in a wonderful outdoor ambiance. We’ll be back.

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N
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We were celebrating our 47th anniversary and everything was wonderful

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DS
4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

very good restaurant

food was great

great ambience

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