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Chef - La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian Cuisine, Sarasota, FL

La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian Cuisine

4.4
4.4
214 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
We welcome our guests to an authentic Italian restaurant: here we offer traditional cuisine, with a modern take on northern and southern Italian recipes. Mauro, the chef, and his wife Tina, have an huge amount of experience behind them.

Mauro is from Naples, Tina was born in a little sicilian town near by Enna.
He began to learn everything about the southern cuisine by his experience in Naples since he was a child, from “Polipetti alla Luciana” to “Paccheri ai frutti di mare”. Furthermore he moved in Milan and he had the chance to learn the northern cuisine, from “Risotto ai funghi porcini” to “Polenta grigliata”, one of his favourite specialties!
From an ancient sicilian tradition, Tina learnt everything about the desserts by her grandmother and her mother, from “Millefoglie” to “Cannoli cake”.

We hope you enjoyed reading about us. but it would be great if you would have the chance to taste our fantastic dishes! It will be an amazing experience with no

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 210-3631

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mauro Maglione

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    Swift road and Clark road

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 214 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Food

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Fit for Foodies

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Notable Wine List

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Italian

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Food

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Value

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Fit for Foodies

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Notable Wine List

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Italian

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  1. RF

    RichardF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had heard that other people thought that La Dolce Vita was really good. I found it exceptional. We were greeted by the female owner at the door and she quickly got us going on wine-a great barolo that she gave us a special price of $70 off! And of course we later got a second bottle. The four of us shared the paparadelle bolognese, a baratta, a seafood pasta, and a veal saltimbacca, and a pork dish. All were great and we ate everything. We will make plans to return once the owners return from their trip to Italy!!!!
  2. DD

    DiningDiva

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Dolce Vita will remind you of travels to Italy…a perfect neighborhood eatery where friends get together, everyone is treated like family, the food is superb, and the service warm and friendly. Treat yourself to a wonderful experience, eat at this wonderful restaurant, get one of Tina’s signatures hugs, and savor one of Mauro’s fabulous dishes.
  3. E

    Ellrob

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small family owned Italian restaurant. Owners are from Naples. Very friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious. The homemade pasta was exquisite. I would definitely come again
  4. c

    cackles

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I realize we are in a recession. I realize we have inflation. BUT, $28.99 for PASTA. ABSURD!!!!! . All pasta dishes were way out of line re prices. Plus, the server had an attitude when I sent back a “sour” Sauvignon Blanc. Overall, s huge disappointment. The dessert was delicious. The rest… not so great.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!!
  6. MM

    MarkM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second visit. . . Food and service were superb! We will be back!
  7. R

    Rosearello

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent and they were very accommodating to my allergy, GF and vegan guests.
  8. TD

    TonyD

    Cleveland

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very diverse italian cuisine fit for foodies. The ambience is fantastic and the wine list is very good.
  9. DC

    DomC

    Tampa

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love the La Dolce Vita experience. Tina and staff make you feel at home from the moment you walk in. The food and service is always excellent and my salmon was outstanding and our dessert of cannoli cake was just about perfect. We can’t wait to return to this Ristorante.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    Took forever to get to place our order. They had 2 servers for the entire restaurant on a Saturday night.

    La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian CuisineResponded on June 13, 2022I’m so sorry that it took for “ever” to take your order! The reason we only have two server it was because I was sick and my workers was trying to do their best !!! It’s seams that there is no understanding for other people problems!

  11. a

    adrienneh

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food nd presentation. We dined there on a Saturday night and there was a singer. If you want a quieter atmosphere, check to see if entertainment is scheduled on the the day you want to go.
  12. MM

    MarkM

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went to this wonderful restaurant for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. It was a five star experience all around. Amazing! We will definitely be back!
  13. TD

    TonyD

    Cleveland

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top Tier Italian Restaurant with a menu that spans all the diversity of Italian Cuisine
  14. MM

    MatthewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely experience dining at La Dolce Vita. Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota for wonderful Italian cuisine.
  15. T

    Trish

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, attentive service. You are made to feel like family!!
  16. JJ

    JJN7821

    Tampa

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second visit to this storefront location didn't disappoint. Food was once again excellent and service top-notch. Good variety on the menu, just wish they had a full bar and more beer choices. Truly a hidden gem!
  17. PM

    PatMV

    Pittsburgh

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very good authentic Italian food. Wine list mostly Italian with some good values. Owner's wife Tina is very pleasant and engaging. Her husband, Mauro is the chef. Pasta's are all made in-house! I had the octopus pasta special and my wife had the dorade that were both specials of the evening-both were excellent. Highly recommended!!
  18. s

    sailenman

    Cleveland

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent restaurant not to be missed. local and very personable ownership.
  19. DK

    DanK

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't ask for more. The food was great, the service was outstanding, and they make you feel like family. The specials of the day all looked delicious. Going back soon.
  20. EM

    ElizabethM

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an outstanding experience. Mauro and Tina never disappoint. Service is personal and outstanding.
  21. DZ

    DebbieZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This was our first experience here and it was delightful. The waitress was great and the food was delicious. The owner came over to our table and introduced herself which was so impressive to me and thanked us for coming. We will definitely return.
  22. m

    margaretm

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    one dish after tasting was not eaten. waitstaff never asked how our meal was after serving. therefore, we could not mention about it until we received our check. however, owner did come to table and took it off bill. again no service after meal came and my salad had no dressing on it. the other meals were good. however, overall i feel prices were a bit too high.
  23. b

    btrend

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was very good and the service was outstanding. There was four in our party and everyone said they would be back again.
  24. s

    sailenman

    Cleveland

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Puttanesca sauce superb! Corvina exquisite! A wonderful small locally owned spot not to be missed.
  25. PM

    PaulM

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here never disappoints. The Octopus was perfectly cooked, the seafood with the homemade pasta was wonderful. Everything we had, including the Italian bread was great. Little romantic, quiet spot. We love it.
  26. KF

    KennethF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding entre, and desert. Excellent service and friendly staff.
  27. TD

    TonyD

    Cleveland

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, diverse Italian food, from Sicily to Milan. Great specials.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Wait too long for service
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment you walk in you are transported to Italy. European style of serving where you are not rushed and can enjoy each course. Great wine selection, definitely recommend!
  30. R

    Radman1

    Tampa

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great evening at La Dolce Vita. The food was delicious, served with a beautiful presentation. Tina, the owner, was warm and inviting. We enjoyed a very relaxed, unhurried dinner. Our guests, new to La Dolce Vita, have planned on returning. We can't wait to be back!
  31. DS

    DonS

    Tampa

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our favorite go to places for Italian food. Food is freshly made and delicious and the bruschett is excellent. Tina is the best host and always gets each customer personally.
  32. JD

    JohnD

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    small fun place with great food, friendly staff and owner! You won't be disappointed
  33. P

    Phant

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Sarasota. Authentic Italian dishes prepared perfectly by Chef Mauro and his wife Tina. Great seafood in season, I can almost smell the Mediterranean. A must try is Tina’s deserts.
  34. E

    Elise

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in a bit of a hurry due to heavy traffic, and you served us graciously and deliciously so we were on time for our symphony concert! Graci!
  35. IH

    IHH1

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Noisy when full and tables are too close together. The sign in front says outside dining and there is NO OUTSIDE DINING!!
  36. ST

    ShirleyT

    Toledo

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Music and dancing was great. Overpriced food with minimal flavor and content.
  37. BB

    BunnyBoo

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The cuisine was OK-nothing spectacular. What I was upset about was rushing us-clearing dishes before we were done-and not asking if we were done. At the end of the meal, the hostess told my friend that we should hurry up-they needed our table. I made the reservation early in the week-they should not have taken the reservation if they were booked. From start of the meal until we left, we were only there 1 hour and 25 minutes. That is certainly minimal time to eat a 2-course meal with wine. We did not have time for dessert or after dinner beverage. I will not be back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time here. Excellent food , wine and service. Would love to come back and try other options. This time it was lasagna which did not disappoint. My wife had the burrata which she said was amazing. The place is a bit off putting on arrival but once you go inside you won’t be disappointed in the food or service. Enjoy!
  39. S

    Susan

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere! Staff friendly and knowledgeable about food being served. Highly recommend this delightful restaurant
  40. KS

    KarenS

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another FABULOUS meal at this amazing gem of an authentic and delicious restaurant! Our only regret is we have to wait until our visit to Sarasota next year to enjoy! If this restaurant with their phenomenal staff were in our hometown we would be their most frequent customers. The owners are so hands on and definitely proud of this gift to the community and well should be! See you next year!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 210-3631.

La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian Cuisine is rated 4.4 stars by 214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian Cuisine

2704 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231-6022

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Swift road and Clark road

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mauro Maglione

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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