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La Norma  Ristorante& Pizzeria, Longboat Key, FL

La Norma Ristorante& Pizzeria

4.4
4.4
415 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

The old Family recipes, the deep knowledge of our tradition, the thorough search of the best ingredients and the ability to combine them all together with our own passionate touch. We really care about what we do: our pasta is freshly made, our varieties of cheese are all imported, our vegetables are organic, our cuts of meat are all top-shelf, our wine list is mostly a tribute to Italian local producers. We are from the South, and we don’t forget that. But we would like You to join us on a flavourful journey that from Sicily takes You through bits and pieces of the broad Italian culinary tradition. Our goal is to offer You a good time through uncompromising, genuine Italian recipes. We only ask you to be a little patient while we make them fresh: some call it “slow food”, for us it is the only way to cook. Our story is reflected in our dishes. We hope You enjoy the experience

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Booked 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 am–9:00 am

  • Phone number

    (941) 383-6262

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Popular dishes

Menu

Ask about Catering - Family Dinners - Cooking Class

Appetizers

  • Bruschetta$15.00

    Toasted Italian bread, roasted cherry tomato, shaved onion, parmesan cheese, balsamic glaze

    • Meatball with a Surprise$16.00

      Three pork meatballs with D.O.P. mozzarella center, topped with tomato sauce & parmesan

      • Eggplant Eza Bella$17.00

        Lightly breaded & fried eggplant, rolled with baby spinach & house ricotta, topped with mozzarella and a touch of vodka sauce

        • Burrata Antipasto Italiano$25.00

          The queen of the mozzarella, fluffy with a creamy heart, served with a selection of cured meats and house marinated accompaniments

          Salads

          • Caprese Deluxe$17.00

            Burrata, sliced vine ripe & roasted cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, pesto, EVOO & balsamic glaze

            • Giulio Cesare$12.00

              Crisp romaine lettuce and croutons tossed in house caesar dressing with shaved parmesan

              • Mediterraneo$12.00

                Mixed greens, onions, grape tomatoes and assorted olives tossed with our house made white balsamic vinegarette and parmesan cheese

                Salad - Additions

                • Anchovies$3.00

                  • Chicken$7.00

                    • Shrimp$9.00

                      • Salmon$14.00

                        Pasta

                        • Lasagne Tradizionali$20.00

                          The authentic Italian lasagna; Bolognese sauce, ricotta, mozzarella & parmesan cheese

                          • Tortellini Bolognese$24.00

                            Classic Italian tortellini filled with cheese and tossed with our Bolognese meat sauce

                            • Pasta alla Norma$22.00

                              Traditional Sicilian dish with eggplant, tomato sauce, basil, topped with ricotta salata

                              • Gnocchi al Pesto$23.00

                                Gnocchi with a heart of ricotta, creamy basil pesto, parmesan & roasted tomato

                                • Ragù & Meatballs$24.00

                                  Seared pork, sauteed Italian holy trinity of onion, celery & carrots along with garlic, then simmered for hours with tomatoes and herbs, served w/ linguine and grandma's meatballs

                                  • Ravioli alla Vodka$24.00

                                    Ravioli stuffed with spinach & ricotta cheese, covered w/ our delicious vodka sauce

                                    • Tortelloni Alessandra$25.00

                                      Jumbo tortellinis filled with roasted vegtables & cheese, tossed with portobella mushrooms, spinach, tomato & olives in marinara and finished with parmesan

                                      • Shrimp Fra Diavolo$29.00

                                        Sauteed Gulf shrimp, spicy arrabbiata sauce, tomatoes, handmade linguine, parmesan reggiano

                                        Veal or Chicken

                                        • Parmigiana

                                          Hand breaded w/ seasoned breadcrumbs, topped w/ mozzarella & pomodoro sauce, fresh pasta

                                          • Veal$30.00
                                          • Chicken$22.00
                                        • Marsala

                                          Sauteed w/ portabello mushrooms, shallots & marsala wine, finished in a veal demi cream accompanied by fresh pasta

                                          • Veal$30.00
                                          • Chicken$22.00
                                        • Piccata

                                          Sauteed w/ olive oil, white wine, butter & capers, completed with Meyer lemon zest, served with fresh pasta

                                          • Veal$30.00
                                          • Chicken$22.00

                                        Fish

                                        • Salmon Piccata$33.00

                                          Faroe Island salmon, white wine, lemon butter and capers, served with fresh linguine

                                          Bambini's (Kid's) Menu

                                          • Pasta Marinara$9.00

                                            • Pasta Alfredo$11.00

                                              • Pasta with Butter$8.00

                                                • Chicken Fingers with French Fries$11.00

                                                  Pizza

                                                  We can only make it one way: The Italian Way. Our pizza is made with a dough we prepare with Love. We only bake it after we have left it to rise for several hours to make it lighter and more delicate to your palate and your digestion. We only use Italian DOP mozzarella cheese, extra virgin olive oil and San Marzano plum tomatoes

                                                  • Il Formaggio (Cheese)$15.00

                                                    Italian shredded mozzarella cheese, a fragrant tomato sauce, fresh basil leaves, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

                                                    • Peperoni$16.00

                                                      Italian shredded mozzarella cheese, a fragrant tomato sauce, pepperoni and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

                                                      • Margherita$17.00

                                                        The way pizza was conceived: DOP fresh Italian mozzarella cheese and a fragrant tomato sauce with fresh basil leaves, grape tomato and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

                                                        • Bianca$20.00

                                                          "White" - a triumph of different varieties of Italian cheese (mozzarella, asiago, shavings of parmesan), garlic, extra virgin olive oil and on top fresh mushroom (no red sauce)

                                                          • Vulcano$21.00

                                                            Hot, spicy and full of flavor: our tomato sauce spiced up with red hot chili pepper, red onions, garlic, topped with spicy "soppressata" salami from Calabria, shavings of pecorino Romano cheese

                                                            • Vegetariana$18.00

                                                              Healthy yet tasty. Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and a selection of the best seasonal vegetables

                                                              • Norma$19.00

                                                                Tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, eggplant, Italian ricotta cheese, extra virgin olive oil and basil

                                                                • Barbeque di Pollo (Chicken Barbeque)$22.00

                                                                  Tomato/BBQ sauce, chicken, onions, garlic, shredded Italian mozzarella and parmesan

                                                                  • Amanti della Carne (Meat Lovers)$23.00

                                                                    Tomato sauce, shredded Italian mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, shaving of parmesan

                                                                    Extra Toppings

                                                                    • Topping #1$2.00

                                                                      Garlic, Onions

                                                                      • Topping #2$3.00

                                                                        Pepperoni, Spinach, Mushrooms, Eggplant

                                                                        • Topping #3$5.00

                                                                          Meatball, Chicken, Sausage, Soppressata Salami, Artichokes, Anchovies, Kalamata Olives, Fresh Mozzarella

                                                                          • Topping #4$8.00

                                                                            Burrata

                                                                            Beverages

                                                                            • Coke in Bottle$5.00

                                                                              • Italian Soda$5.00

                                                                                • Sprite$3.00

                                                                                  • Diet Coke$3.00

                                                                                    • Italian Iced Tea$3.00

                                                                                      • San Pellegrino Sparkling Water$5.00

                                                                                        • Acqua Panna$5.00

                                                                                          • Cappuccino$5.00

                                                                                            • Decaf Cappuccino$5.00

                                                                                              • Espresso$3.00

                                                                                                • Americana$3.00

                                                                                                  • Double Espresso$5.00

                                                                                                    Last updated: February 21, 2022

                                                                                                    What 415 people are saying

                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                    4.4
                                                                                                    4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                    • 4.4Food
                                                                                                    • 4.4Service
                                                                                                    • 4.2Ambience
                                                                                                    • 4.2Value

                                                                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                    1. CM

                                                                                                      CMCNJ2FL

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      I live on Longboat Key and dine at La Norma about 6 times a year. The food and the service are always excellent. I usually order pasta (their ravioli is sensational) or share a pizza. I recommend reservations, because it is always popular….and deservedly so.

                                                                                                    2. DM

                                                                                                      DaleM

                                                                                                      Memphis/West TN

                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                      Way exceeded my expectations!!Outstanding.Go there.

                                                                                                    3. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Loved this restaurant!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for the kind review: it really made our day! We look forward to hosting you again soon. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    4. TO

                                                                                                      TimO

                                                                                                      Exclusive

                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                      Local home cooking Italian cuisine. Recommend to anyone. The courtyard was nice with a guitar player. Excellent gnocci.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                      Dear Tim, thanks so much for your visit and for the kind review: it's great to read that you had a good time dining with us and we look forward to having you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    5. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Never disappoints. Have some of the best pizza you will ever have. Their homemade sauce is amazing. Prices are really good for the area. Plan ahead with reservations.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for your very kind feedback: we are really happy to read that you had a good time dining with us and hope to host you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    6. AK

                                                                                                      AnnieK

                                                                                                      Chicago

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                      Don’t waste your time or money - staff is less than welcoming, food isn’t good, and portions are insultingly small for the cost. Far better Italian restaurants in the area to put up with this nonsense.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Annie, thanks for your feedback: we do strive to make everybody happy - most of the times we succeed but evidently sometimes we don't. We do appreciate that every palate is different. Wishing you all the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    7. JJ

                                                                                                      JoJoY

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      44 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      44 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                      Always a good meal! Paula is a sweetheart! Great food, Best meatballs, love the eggplant, chicken Marsala & very good Pizza! Awsome medeteran salad, a afavorite!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks a million for your usual kindness: it's always a great pleasure to host you and we look forward to the next time! All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    8. BE

                                                                                                      BillE

                                                                                                      Phoenix

                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Everything about La Norma was excellent—the welcoming (calling us be name), the warm decor, the friendly and knowledgeable waitress and finally the very delectable meal. We loved every part of it and will most definitely return.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Bill, thanks very much for your visit and for this very kind review: it's really great to read that you enjoyed dining with us and we look forward to hosting you again soon. Regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    9. CG

                                                                                                      CurtG

                                                                                                      Pittsburgh

                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Magnificent food and service as always

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Curt, thanks very much for your visit and for the kind review: we feel privileged to have returning guests like you! Hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    10. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      New Mexico

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Great authentic Sicilian restaurant in vacation land. Best Italian food we have had down here and there are many good ones. They have a Sister restaurant in AMI which we now want to try. We each ordered a special of the night pasta, shared a Margarita pizza and a a press salad and two wonderful desserts chocolate and pistachio mouse pies. Just sublime!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for the very kind review: it really made our day! We are super happy to read that you had a good evening and enjoyed our food and we hope to hosting you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    11. N

                                                                                                      Neerac

                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      I was very impressed by the service and the food especially after having been disappointed by restaurants at St Armand circle. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks so very much for your visit and for taking the time to write this very kind review: it's great to read that you enjoyed dining with at La Norma. We look forward to hosting you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    12. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      Baltimore

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Excellent food, great service, recommend.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for the kind review: it's great to read that you had a good time and we hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    13. JA

                                                                                                      JodieA

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                      Excellent food. Very causal if I am ever in Long Boat Key again would go back. Try the meatballs !

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Jodie, thanks very much for your visit and for the kind review: we are very happy to read that you enjoyed dining with us and hope to see you again soon. Regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    14. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      Tampa

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Everything was excellent. We love La Norma!!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                      And La Norma loves you back! Thanks very much for dining with us and this very kind review: it's great to read that you enjoyed your time with us and we sincerely hope to host you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    15. B

                                                                                                      Barnman1

                                                                                                      Orlando

                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                      Was very disappointed that the night we dined- no burrta was available? We enjoyed eating outside- had a salad, nice bottle of wine and pizza.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 19, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks a lot for your visit and for your kind review: we are glad to read that you enjoyed your dinner in our beautiful patio. As for the burrata, we appreciate your frustration which - believe me - we can fully share. We do our best to work with our suppliers to be fully stocked up but occasionally (very rarely so far) we too feel the pain of the global supply chain mess. We hope to see you soon again, I am confident burrata will be available then! Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    16. SK

                                                                                                      SarahK

                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                      overall2food2service2ambience1

                                                                                                      There was nothing special about our experience. The food was mediocre and the ambiance was terrible. I would not recommend it. The food at our hotel, Zota, was so much better.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 19, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Sarah, thanks for your visit and for your feedback: we are sorry to read that you did not enjoy your evening. We try to please everybody but do appreciate that each palate is different. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    17. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      Tampa

                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                      Very enjoyable dinner at La Norma. Excellent food and service on the outside patio last evening.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 19, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for the kind review: it's great to read that you enjoyed dining in our patio and we look forward to having you back again soon. Regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    18. PS

                                                                                                      PattiS

                                                                                                      Seattle

                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                      Sweet patio dining with friends and our small dog. Meatballs were very good. Sauce is like a vodka sauce. Great Caesar salad and anchovies are available for $3. Friends' meat lover pizza was average, but the crust was very tasty. Friendly and helpful wait staff. Large wine list. It's a nice neighborhood place and a quick walk from where we were staying.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 19, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Patti, thanks a lot for your visit and for your kind review: we are glad to read that you enjoyed your evening with us and look forward to hosting you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    19. KK

                                                                                                      KimK

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                                      overall1food3service1ambience3

                                                                                                      Waited over an hour past our reservation time while they took in customers without reservations. Very unorganized.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Kim, thanks a lot for your feedback: we do appreciate that something must have gone wrong and we'll investigate immediately. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you'll give us another chance: I promise this is not our standard. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    20. TF

                                                                                                      TishF

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                      Enjoyable, Will go there again. Nice selection of Italian dishes.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 13, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for the review: it's great to read that you had a good time and we hope to see you again soon. Regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    21. JG

                                                                                                      JayG

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                      overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                      Waited 40 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. Waited 60 minutes for food (passed the time with 3 bread baskets reluctantly). Waitress was not very attentive. Food was high quality, but the portions were too small for the price (spaghetti/meatballs and the ravioli). The cheese pizza was too cheesy, should have ordered the margarita instead.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 13, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Jay, thanks a lot for your visit and for your valuable feedback, which we really appreciate. We do appreciate that the experience was not fully satisfactory. As for the service, we can assure you that this is certainly not our standard and must have been an occasional "off" night, for which we apologize. We sincerely hope you'll give us another chance and we promise you'll leave as a happy guest. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    22. CM

                                                                                                      CarolM

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                      Food and service was very good at this sweet little Italian gem.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 13, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Carol, thanks very much for your visit and for this kind review: we are really happy to read that you enjoyed your evening with us and look forward to hosting you again soon. Regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    23. F

                                                                                                      Fritzkath

                                                                                                      St. Louis

                                                                                                      70 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      70 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      We had a fantastic server. We have eaten there before and pasta dishes are excellent. Last night, we had a quick pizza dinner. Some of the best pizza we have had in years! We could not order take out so decided to go and enjoy the ambiance.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 13, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Kathy, thanks so very much for dining with us and for taking the time to write this review: we are really happy to read that you enjoyed your evening and we'll certainly pass on your kind comments to our great staff. We look forward to hosting you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    24. N

                                                                                                      Nevertoreturn

                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                      Outside is charming

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 13, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for this kind review. Regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    25. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                                                      overall2food2service2ambience4

                                                                                                      Food was not hot. Wait time was really excessive. Up-charge for red sauce was not told to us $6 pp. Looked forward to our third return visit and was very disappointed. There will not be a fourth visit. Waitress was pleasant but made no apology for the slow service and surprise up charge on the tab.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks for your visit and for your feedback: we are sorry to hear that your experience was not up to your expectations and to the standard of the first two visits. Please rest assured that this must have been an occasional "off" night, for which we apologize. We hope you'll give us another chance. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    26. JL

                                                                                                      JaneL

                                                                                                      Tampa

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Excellent, authentic Italian food, well prepared and presented by courteous and thoughtful staff. There was a singer with guitar the night we were there, with a lovely voice and just the right volume!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Jane, thanks very much for dining with us and for this very kind review: we are really happy to read that you had a good time and enjoyed our food and all. We sincerely hope to having you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    27. KH

                                                                                                      KellyH

                                                                                                      Tampa

                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      The food and service were great. The live music was a nice touch. The homemade pasta is wonderful.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Kelly, thanks a lot for dining with us and for writing this kind review: it's great to read that you enjoyed your evening and we hope to see you soon again at La Norma. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    28. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Excellent food and service! Loved the ambiance, wish they had a full bar. Next time will be sure to arrive after the musician is set to play!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for the kind review: it's great to read you enjoyed your evening with us and we look forward to hosting you again soon. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    29. A

                                                                                                      Advicesisters

                                                                                                      Tampa

                                                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                      this is a small neighborhood place with excellent food. Five of us enjoyed a wide variety of dishes expertly prepared. It's not a fancy fine dining place, but the food was delicious and the service was great.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for the kind review: it's really great to read that you enjoyed your evening with us and we do hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    30. KH

                                                                                                      KellyH

                                                                                                      Tampa

                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                      We had a very nice evening. Service was great. We will be back!!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Kelly, thanks very much for dining with us: it's great to read that you enjoyed your evening and we look forward to hosting you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    31. JH

                                                                                                      JeffH

                                                                                                      Naples

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Wonderful small Italian restaurant with great food and good Chianti. Our waiter, Michael, couldn’t have been better.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Jeff, thanks so much for your visit and this very kind review: we are happy that you enjoyed dining with us and we'll certainly pass on your comments to Michael. We look forward to hosting you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    32. HM

                                                                                                      HollyM

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Wonderful experience- consistently delicious!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Holly, thanks very much for your visit and for the kind review: as usual, it's a privilege to have you as returning guest! All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    33. SV

                                                                                                      ScottV

                                                                                                      Grand Rapids

                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                                                                      overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                      Unfortunately they have a staffing problem right now, and it showed. Actually felt sorry for the staff that were there. They were trying to do their best. Hopefully they can fix this quickly before they suffer loss of business.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on March 30, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Scott, thanks very much for your visit and for the review: we genuinely appreciate your feedback. Unfortunately, unforeseeable last minute issue with some waiting staff: not our regular standard but we try to cope with this too! We really hope to host you again. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    34. S

                                                                                                      Saltair

                                                                                                      Tampa

                                                                                                      40 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                      40 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                                                      overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                                      OK but not great Italian food. The portions are large.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on March 28, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for your visit and for the review: we try to make everybody happy but we do appreciate that each individual palate is different. We sincerely hope you'll come again and try some other of our signature dishes. Best regards, Daniela Regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    35. P

                                                                                                      Peggy

                                                                                                      Chicago

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                      Authentic Sicilian meals using fresh ingredients. Homemade garlic bread is delicious. Wait staff is friendly and helpful. Good wine list. Checkered tablecloth casual ambience

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on March 21, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Peggy, thanks very much for dining with us and for this very kind review: we are really happy that you enjoyed your experience at La Norma and we look forward to hosting you again soon. Warm regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    36. BM

                                                                                                      BruceM

                                                                                                      Toronto

                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      We found this charming little restaurant excellent. The food and wine menu offers many excellent choices. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. This was our first visit there and we’ll be sure to dine there the next time we’re on Longboat!

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on March 21, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Bruce, thanks very much for your visit and for your kind review: it's great to read you had a good time at La Norma and we look forward to having you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    37. MA

                                                                                                      MegA

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                                                                      overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                                                                      The staff at this restaurant is lovely and tries to please. We were seated promptly and the food came very quickly. However, the food itself was very mediocre. For the price I expected better.

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on March 21, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Meg, thanks very much for your visit and for your feedback: we do appreciate that - although we try to please everyone - each palate is different and we respect that. We sincerely hope you'll come again to try some other of our signature dishes. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    38. D

                                                                                                      Doc72

                                                                                                      Austin

                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                      8 o’clock dining outside on a Tuesday night with Paula as our server. Her enthusiasm for and knowledge of the food was very welcoming and fun! The food was delicious. Really bountiful & fresh salads. The dressing on the Mediterranean salad was the best I’ve ever had. My wife’s Sarrentina gnocchi was the best she’d ever had!!! Desserts were solid. Flourless chocolate torte melted in your mouth. We’d highly recommend it. Only comment is that we would’ve loved some Italian music & a candle for the table to really set the mood. 😁

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks very much for dining with us and for this very kind review: it's great to read that you had such a good time at La Norma. I will certainly pass on your kind comments to Paula. As for the music, I am pleased to inform you that we do have live music nights on Mondays and Thursdays: it's not Italian music but we host really talented local musicians! Please come and check them out, I promise you won't be disappointed. Look forward to having you again soon. Best regards, Daniela

                                                                                                    39. WE

                                                                                                      WarrenE

                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Second visit here in the past month and another outstanding dinner. Great menu selections, attentive service, not rushed and very tasty Italian food. Shared the Burrata Antipasto Italiano app, tried the specials of Osso Buco and Gnocchi Burrata & Meatballs. Both entrees and app were "very very good". One of the best Italian dinners I've had with a very tasty marina on the gnocchi dish. Recommend reservations and will definitely return for another dinner soon

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear Warren, thanks so very much for this very kind review: we are really glad to read that you had such a good experience dining with us and especially grateful that you decided to return! We look forward to having you again soon. All the best, Daniela

                                                                                                    40. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      Minneapolis

                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                                                                      overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                      Not sure if they are experiencing staff shortage or what but was the 2 nd time this season we were dissatisfied with the service, food, and overall experience. Such a darling spot and a past favorite of our family. I would suggest a host/hostess, bus person, and more servers. No water refills, bread , we cleared our own table and rarely saw our server. Although she was lovely and pleasant when we did see her. Food was sub par and Luke warm. We will try again and hope for a better outcome ..

                                                                                                      La Norma Ristorante& PizzeriaResponded on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                      Dear guest, thanks a lot for your visit and for your valuable feedback: we will pass on the comments to our staff and check together how to make sure this does not happen again. Please be sure that this is really not our standard and it must have been an occasional "slippage", for which we do apologize. We hope to see you again soon and - promise - you won't be disappointed. Best regards, Daniela

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                                                                                                    La Norma Ristorante& Pizzeria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 383-6262.

                                                                                                    La Norma Ristorante& Pizzeria is rated 4.4 stars by 415 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                    Google Map for La Norma  Ristorante& Pizzeria

                                                                                                    5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr Longboat Key, FL 34228-2070

                                                                                                    Dining areas

                                                                                                    Additional information

                                                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                                                      Longboat Key

                                                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                                                      Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 am–9:00 am

                                                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                                                      Italian

                                                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                                                      Casual Dress

                                                                                                    • Parking details

                                                                                                      Public Lot

                                                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                                                      AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                    • Additional

                                                                                                      Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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