La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian Cuisine

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$30 and under
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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 regrets. Garanteed!
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Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delighted once again to be served by Tina and her marvelous staff. The food is of excellent quality, portions are just right and ambience is comfortable and home-like. Can't wait to return!

CC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating here is like being in Italy! Truly homemade authentic food. Everything is made fresh by chef owners Tina and Mauro, from Milan and Naples. Tina bakes the great bread and wonderful desserts including the best limoncello I’ve ever had. Same with all the dishes. Italian is our favorite food so we finally struck gold when friends raves about this place and took us. I’m from Boston and have eaten many many times in the Italian North End. This food rivals the best I’ve had there. I had a fish dish steamed in a light wine sauce, a special that night. My husband had the lasagna bolognese. Our friends had the fish special, and, the fourth has dietary restrictions so she called the day before and Mauro made a special dish for her! Everything was scrumptious and hot. Tina is also the hostess as guests arrive so greets them with excitement. Service is superb. It’s located in a small strip mall but please don’t let that deter you! It’s wonderful ambience inside, white tablecloth, nice crystal twinkly lights; but dress casually it’s Florida! Almost forgot: excellent wine list! Salute! Cin Cin!

RL
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Dolce Vita is our favorite Italian Restaurant in Sarasota County. The food is delicious, all the pasta is homemade. The owners are simply amazing. Tina is a fantastic hostess and baker and her husband is an awesome chef. Delicioso! The desserts are to die for!
I highly recommend this restaurant. It's our go to for special occasions and just dinner with friends. You feel like family here.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tina is a great hostess
The food is always great.
This was our 4th visit and it keeps getting better

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good wine. Relaxed delicious meal

JB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here. Read all those 5 star reviews and thought this cannot be true. It is, and I’m giving another 5 star. Cannot wait to go back.

WZ
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Sarasota.

Wonderful authentic Italian food with an extremely friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They also have a very good and thoughtfully developed wine selection.

My favorite restaurant in Sarasota!

A
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday at La Dolce Vita on Friday night and the food and the service was impeccable. I had putanesca and my husband had veal saltimbocca a la romano. Both were so delicious. If you are looking for true Italian cuisine, La Dolce Vita is the best restaurant we have found. I call it my little hidden gem because it is tucked away in a strip mall on Stickney Pt. Rd. near the junction with Clark. Just plug it into your GPS and go. You will not be disappointed.

MM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend La Dolce Vita to anyone who wanted to have a wonderful meal! Every interaction from the first time a few years ago till Friday September 29, 2019 has been outstanding. The staff is very attentive and friendly, but doesn't hang out. They Check back frequently, but are unobtrusive filling water and wine glasses. The food is delicious and the limoncello is the best I have ever had! Tina makes the whole thing run seamlessly while looking pretty terrific herself! We will be back- AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN!

T
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for my brother-in-law - he said it was the best calamari & lasagna he’s ever had. Wished they could ship it to him in Virginia!!

WZ
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome authentic Italian food with amazing service. This restaurant has become my favorite spot in Sarasota.

GS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What can I say? Have dined here many times-another fabulous meal. Brought another couple who raved about their meal.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make every effort to dine at LDV when in Sarasota. Tina and her staff are absolutely delightful and attentive. The service is the icing on the “torta” or cake! You feel greatly appreciated and cared for. Tina is a wine expert and makes wonderful suggestions to pair with her husband, Mauro’s delicacies that are carefully and lovingly prepared for your table. The special touch of homemade cream limoncello is the crowning glory! Salute!!!

Treat yourself! It’s a must!!! Life is sweeter at La Dolce Vita!💕🇮🇹

J
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the first of the evening. They spent all day remodeling the decor, and it’s beautiful. Although a bit hectic at beginning, they held their composure and greeted us like old friends. A perfect dining experience, attentive service, and sincere appreciation for our business was capped off with Tina taking the time to wish us well outside at the car.
Great lasagna, reasonable wine list. This place is a gem

w
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the Italian flavors and fresh ingredients Mauro uses to personalize his dishes. Tina is a delightful hostess, who also whips up the best desserts!

BS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great authentic Italian restaurant that has GREAT food with a small cafe ambiance.

T
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a wonderful evening with the La Dolce Vita “family”. Delicious food, attentive service, & lovely background music. Who could ask for anything more!! Thank you, Tina, Mauro, & staff “family”.

JA
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service great food.

2
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem in our community. All of the food was exceptional; fresh and delicious. The service was impeccable. Every detail is addressed by the very pleasant and attentive owner. You feel like you are dining in her home for a special occasion. If you have not tried this special restaurant, now is the time!

DB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome, service and Owners were all very attentive and really nice

NJ
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made-to-order authentic Italian cuisine at its finest combined with a friendly, efficient staff made for a superb dining experience. I strongly recommend it.

T
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great local gem! We tried this restaurant as part of Savor Sarasota and were not disappointed. Everything is homemade and foood was excellent. The owner greeted us and gave us some history. They had just returned from Italy. We are taking friends to enjoy this as they appreciate excellence in their dining experience . On our list of favorites!

GD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The food was average at best . Ambience is poor .Waitress had no clue on wines and was not attentive . I would not go back as there as there are so many better choices .

La Dolce Vita Authentic Italian Cuisine
Responded on May 19, 2019

I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy the ambience, the waitress and....sorry what else? Oh but you didn’t said that the FOOD WASN’T good right? Thank God.... ..for a minute I thought we was at the FASHION NIGHT FESTIVAL.. To bad you didn’t like it my poor restaurant.....thank you for stop by anyway.....

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RG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was spectacular and they have a very attentive, very friendly staff!

BA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One our favorite restaurants anywhere. We are treated like family in this family owned and run restaurant.
The two Tina's (one an owner, the other maitre d') make sure we feel welcome and do everything possible to ensure a great experience. We have reviewed this restaurant several times because every visit is outstanding, from start to finish. Husband Mauro in the kitchen cooks fish to perfection, and home made pasta is always superior. Simple chicken picatta is just as it should be. Desserts are amazing. We make an annual pilgrimage from Santa Fe every year to La Dolce Vita!

MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. A special gem for Sarasota.

g
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent homemade pasta, great service.

GH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food in a cozy setting. Fish was excellent.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant! It’s like having dinner in Tina and Mauro's dining room!

MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

s
New England
310 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service again were excellent. Bronzino, calamari and chicken dish all were delicious. The spinach and pasta sides were both prepared with garlic and oil and were just right. Owner/ hostess always very gracious and singer added a nice touch

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another excellent meal at La Dolce Vita.The food was marvelous as usual,the service was excellent and Tina makes everyone feel at home.

D
Tampa
101 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far and away one of the best Italian culinary experiences in Sarasota. Small, authentic, good food, good people,good memories. THE most authentic Italian dining experience in the area. It almost feels like your dining in someone’s home in the heart of Italy. Tina is the best hostess and Marlo creates some of the most delicious dishes we’ve had. We brought 3 of our friends this evening after having stumbled upon this little gem a few weeks ago. They all raves about our experience the whole way home. Do not come in for a quick dinner. Come. Enjoy a lovely Italian dining experience.

R
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second vist to La Dolce Vita and we can't wait to return. Tina and her staff were friendly, accomodating and very attentive. The food was amazing and there was an excellent woman singing standards that added to the relaxing ambience. Really a great neighborhood find!

MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends from NY loved the restaurant as do we!

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was excellent in every way . We intend to go back next week.we recommend it to all our friends.

GI
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful waitstaff, and attentive owners. A wonderful overall experience!

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Italian restaurant in the Sarasota-Tampa Bay area. My wife and I dine at Dolce Vita every time we want top quality food. Mauro prepares everithing from scratch and Cristina and her team make you feel like you are in Italy and part of the family.

E
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner served by a good wait staff. One of our favorite places in Sarasota!

NK
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet and friendly with great authentic Italian food. Not a great wine list but the food makes up for it.