La Norma Ristorante& Pizzeria
This was our first time at this restaurant. The ambiance and service were good. The food was tasty, however, it wasn't served very warm at all, bordering on cold. We were very excited to try this restaurant, but we aren't 100% sure we would go back again based on the fact that everything we were served wasn't served warm, much less hot. The waitress had way too many tables that she was trying to take care of all by herself.
This is a charming and delicious restaurant. The outdoor patio has greenery and atmosphere. We ate inside because there was only one other party inside. We only come to FL once or twice a year but we will be back to this restaurant!
Delicious, fresh food. Homemade pasta and sauce. Every dish is made to order. Wonderful experience!
This was really a great experience! Food was outstanding and the service was absolutely on point. Will be back again soon!
Dear Michael, Thank you very much for this great review. We are absolutely delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience at La Norma so much and we hope to see you soon again. Warmest regards, Daniela Salafia
A fantastic hidden gem on Long Boat Key! We had the best time, the food was fabulous!!
Dear Colleen, Your review really made our day. We overjoyed to read that you had such a great experience at La Norma and we hope to see you soon again. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
It was closed
Hi Paul, We are extremely sorry about it. We had an issue with our bookings and we can only apologize for this. Please do let us know when you visit next time and we will take extra care of your table. Regards, Daniela Salafia
Obviously we had a reservation. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and saw the sign....CLOSED TO OCT 1st. Yes, it was Sept 8th....they are closed for more than three weeks.
So very disappointed. Outraged too that we had a reservation and they are closed, on vacation...not an emergency...a planned closing.
Not a way to treat customers. Everyone understands an emergency but taking reservations when closed on vacation for three more weeks
Dear guest, Once again, we are extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused and we totally agree with your frustration. As discussed, we had an issue with our account and thank to your feedback, we have been able to fix it immediately. We will take extra care of your table on your next visit and we are really looking forward to welcoming you again. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Excellent authentic family owned and operated Italian restaurant. Indoor and outdoor seating, lovely ambiance, true Italian cuisine.
Dear Nicole, Thank you so much for this amazing review. We are all thrilled to read that you had such a positive experience with us and we hope you will come to visit us again soon. Arrivederci, Daniela Salafia
Excellent as always. The food is always interesting and good, service is very attentive and enjoys talking about the menu. A great experience
Hello Marc, Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback. Our priority is customer service and we are ecstatic that we met that mark! Kind folks like you make our job a pleasure. Hope to see you soon again. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Best pizza I have ever had, great waitress, who was inside the bar. Great little place, and food!
Dear guest, Thank you so much for this wonderful review and for your great feedback. Our staff will be thrilled to read your comments and we are really grateful that you took the time to share your experience with us. Hope to see you soon again. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Always excellent food and service in a sweet intimate atmosphere.
Thank you so much for this great 5 Stars review.
Great Italian restaurant
Thank you so much for this great review, We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Simple, delicious food in a casual setting. Good value for the money.
Dear Jennifer, Thank you very much for this great 5 stars review. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your experience so much and we hope to see you soon again. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
We were visiting Longboat Key from Tampa and found this cute Italian restaurant. The pasta is made from scratch so we had to try. My husband had lasagna and I had the lobster ravioli. Both pasta dishes were excellent and full of flavor!
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are delighted to read that you had such a good experience at our restaurant and we hope to see you soon again. Have you heard of our "All You can eat pasta night" on Tuesdays? Please visit our Facebook page (@lanormaflorida} for further information. Many thanks & warm regards, Daniela
The food quality this time was not as good as before. Both servings of the veal Marsala had little flavor and neither the dish and pasta was not hot. Disappointed our Sicilian lady friend after we had bragged in you.
Server was ok. But kept having to ask for more bread, balsamic and oil, .
She did mention new chef I think. Where were the family members?
Dear Leah, thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations this time. It was an uncommon instance and we’ll do better. Please feel free reach out to our email address with any further comments, concerns, or suggestions you wish to share. We would love to make things right if you give us another chance. Warm regards, Daniela
Food was wonderful and service courteous and attentive. Always a great meal and experience
Thank you very much for this great review. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Hope you will come to visit us soon again. Warm regards, Daniela
Lobster Ravioli in Vodka Sauce was amazing!!
Please add it to the menu, not just a special!
Thanks you so much for this wonderful review and for your valued feedback. It is much appreciated and we will definitely take it into consideration. Hope to see you soon at La Norma again. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Very pricey for what you get and the food was just ok .
Thanks for your feedback. It looks like your overall experience did not really meet your expectations and we would like to hear more from you - if you do not mind - so we can do better next time. Thanks & regards, Daniela Salafia
We had the Lasagna & lobster ravioli.......fabulous!
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed our food. Hope to see you soon again! Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Great food and service . Don’t seat outside . The mosquitos will have you for diner !!!
Dear guest, Thank you very much for your wonderful review and valued feedback. Mosquitos are definitely not pleasant to have around while enjoying your dinner and this is something we are taking care of and it will be sorted soon. Hope to see you soon again. at La Norma Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
We went to this restaurant a few times pre-Covid when it opened after buying out Ciao. We were not impressed then. The food was very good, but the portions were minuscule and the prices were high---a deadly combination. We decided to go this time because they have good outdoor seating. The food was very good, portions were reasonable, service was excellent, and the prices had come down a bit. I don't know whether the prices were lowered because of Covid or it being the summer, but the lower prices were certainly more reasonable given the location and customer base. My only complaint: the wine prices were mostly ridiculous.
Dear Dave, Thank you very much for your 5 Star review. We are delighted to read that your experience exceeded your expectations this time. We really value our customers' feedback and it is great to read that you were happy with our latest changes. All we want is for our customers to have the best possible experience with us and we are happy that we hit the mark for you. Hope to see you at La Norma soon again. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Thank you very much for this great review.
Good simple Italian
Dear guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our restaurant. We really appreciate you taking the time to do that and we hope to see you soon again. Regards, Daniela Salafia
Memorial day weekend, we (party of 4) are so happy to be out after 2 months of lockdown, we walk in at 8:17pm for our 8:30pm reservation. Place is empty but for a few tables. The hostess/server, who's pacing looking overwhelmed barely looks at us and first words out of her mouth are: "picking up?". We are all dressed up and standing in the foyer of a restaurant, we are clearly not picking up. We inform her we have a reservation and she stomps off to a computer screen and says "but we close at 8:30pm". The door says 9pm and we have reservations, we point out. She then walks past us, marching towards the kitchen saying something under her breath. She emerges back a few seconds later, slams the kitchen door behind her and says: "ok i can sit you".
In the 5 seconds she was gone, we decided we were not going to have dinner there - so I let her know and we head for the door.
Immediately her attitude changed. But we did not feel welcome and so we kept walking. She then literally followed us outside rambling what I took as an attempt at apologizing but also being totally inappropriate.
We ended up driving to St Armand's and there were several places who were happy to have us. It's also a much better area with shops and great dessert spots.
Hello Fernando, You’re right; this is unacceptable and thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. Please be ensured that immediate action has been taken and I would like to reach out to you in private and try to make things right. Being known for our great service, it came as a surprise and huge disappointment on our side, but we really hope you can give us another chance. Regards, Daniela Salafia
They did a fantastic job, food was interesting and delicious thank you very much
Believe this restaurant is overpriced for portions and atmosphere. Probably will look for another Italian choice.
Very disappointing. Started with a horrible sound system that had loud music cutting in and out. Dark out in the courtyard and no ambient lighting. Then the food was a sad experience. $ 30 veal special entree seemed to be missing the veal...only a few shreds in with the pasta and sauce. We won’t return.
Oversauced and overpriced. Small portions too
A shame. The pasta was swimming in sauce and the chicken parm was less than a half of breast
They were out of romaine for the Caesar salad
And out of wine we chose
Not a good place
Overpriced, very small portions, especially of their specials. I ordered veal cacciatore because it was a special of the evening and I hadn't had it in years. There were 2 or 3 small pieces of veal. We will not return to La Norma.
Great food. Excellent preparation. Service was fine. Outdoor seating was nice. Music was too loud and too contemporary. Soft light classical would be much better. The food is superior. Prices are good.
Average quality Italian.
Food was outstanding!
Thank you so much for your 5 star rating and review. We really appreciate you taking the time to do that. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Front of the house needs more attention. Presentation poor.
Dear guest, thank you very much for your feedback. I am sorry the front of the house looked not in order last week, but we were in the process of making some renovation. Wish this was clarified to you and I hope you will come to visit us again and see the changes. Many thanks & warm regards, Daniela Salafia
It was just an ok dinner.
Excellent food and wonderfully presented
Thank you very much for this great review. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Lovely surprise on long boat key...can not wait to return
Pizza was great. Food was very good. Reservation was prompt with great service.
I had the “Snow White” pizza and it was very good.
Dear Roxy, Thanks for the review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our Biancaneve pizza and hope you will come to visit us again soon to try some other of our dishes. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
Fabulous food, excellent service and memorable evening
Thank you very much for this wonderful review. Warm regards, Daniela Salafia
La Norma Ristorante& Pizzeria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 383-6262.
La Norma Ristorante& Pizzeria is rated 4.1 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.