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La Violetta Market and Kitchen, Sarasota, FL

La Violetta Market and Kitchen

4.6
4.6
467 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Intimate and designed to provide a rustic Italian experience, La Scarpetta is owned and operated by Emilio and Rosaria, originally from Parma, Italy. The restaurant has the ability to seat 44 comfortably. The name refers to the Italian expression “fare la scarpetta,” which means to make a little shoe by bending bread to mop up the last of the sauce in a dish. This implies that everything on the menu is good to the last drop. We invite you to join us so you too can experience delicious, authentic Italian food.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Phone number

    (941) 927-8716

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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What 467 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Sarasota / Bradenton

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  1. BC

    BlaiseC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service. Will be back again soon.
  2. P

    Purpleplaid

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable I’ll ge back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding- a gem in Sarasota
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Little flavor
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was prepared perfect great menu and dinning experience
  6. LW

    LWRancher

    Tampa

    120 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Zucchini appetizer was an unexpected presentation and very good. The veal with prosciutto was tasty but the homemade pasta with it was a little over cooked...and maybe a bit too thick. The ravioli trio had its usual good flavors but was a bit like/warm when served. Should have been hotter. Waiter Alex was delightful. Love the new look of the place!
  7. TG

    ThomasG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was clean and smelled great of food. Service was very good appetizers were delicious and our main course was pasta for both me and my husband it also was very tasty. I definitely would recommend this restaurant
  8. H

    Holger

    Tampa

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food and service is one of the best Italian in Sarasota. Excellent menu and great wine list. Everything is fresh cooked. Carol our server was very attending and fast with every order we had. Rosie the owner greet each guest in person and has always a few minutes to talk with. We liked very much the new outline and design of the Restaurant included the two new Bar areas. We surely will be back soon again
  9. M

    Merrill

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy. Both service and food was outstanding. We have been many times and so pleased have an authentic Italian Resturant. Wish them continued success. Welcome addition to Sarasota.
  10. AN

    AaronN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Off the beaten path it is a perfect rustic and authentic Italian Restaurant. Staff is amazing and food is perfect.
  11. BC

    BarbaraC

    St. Louis

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the real deal. Authentic,exquisite Italian food made with love from the chef from Parma,Italy Be adventurous and try the Tripe. It was outstanding! And the chef offered me,Tongue, an off menu item…..again OUTSTANDING. Don’t miss the Caramelle pasta.
  12. PK

    PatK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love La Violetta, I always feel like I am in Italy.. The renovations make it seem clean and bright.
  13. KT

    KatrinaT

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service.
  14. SE

    SherryE

    Tampa

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota. Highly recommend.
  15. B

    Bostonian

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, authentic and well prepared Italian meal. Standouts were the Burrata salad, the pasta courses and the Osso Bucco. Terrific service too. Will definitely go back for another special dinner.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and wonderful service
  17. OJ

    OliverJ

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu offered a wide variety of attractive dishes, and the food was excellent.
  18. DD

    DanD

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best, if not the best, Italian meal in town. Family owned and run. Fresh pasta made daily. A must for people who love Italian food. Plan ahead as this place books up quickly.
  19. AG

    AGIL

    Naples

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience. All the dishes are fantastic. Looking to go back to try a different one.
  20. B

    Bear

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Violetta is a fabulous restaurant. The food is extraordinary. The staff are competent and friendly. The restaurant is relatively quiet. It’s a delightful experience. I highly recommend La Violetta.
  21. a

    annew

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great service! Quaint place. Reserve ahead ? Closed next 3 weeks.
  22. BT

    BethT

    Algeria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mozzarella and speck appetizer was to die for. Snapper and duck stuffed ravioli were phenomenal. Stellar service from Carol and phenomenal food. Love this place!
  23. RW

    RobertW

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, app with truffle and egg was over the top, homemade pasta primo, rock on.
  24. RC

    RobertC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This little spot has ten tables for dining. It is exquisite and fine dining. Felt like we stepped into Italy. Everyone had an excellent meal, and we chose a nice bottle of Italian Chianti from the wine list which was ample. The biggest challenge is leaving enough lead time to advanced book a reservation. If you like fine dining give them a try
  25. R

    Ross

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    First visit here. Wow! Small space, so reservations seem necessary. Food was amazing. It is somewhat dated, but I understand the space is about to get a facelift. Have already booked our next visit.
  26. JR

    JacquieR

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative, innovative, yet honors cultural tradition. Great service and ambiance.
  27. S

    Steph

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our second visit to La Violetta and we were not disappointed. The food is delicious and the wine selection is very nice. Additionally, the attached Italian market is a great place to stock up on the way out so that you can try and re-create a homemade Italian meal at your own house. We will definitely return a third time!
  28. JS

    JimS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food! A wonderful small restaurant with great service!
  29. M

    Merry

    Philadelphia

    88 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    3 of 4 dinners were served…took too long for the 4th meal to arrive & waiting till all were served, meals got cold. Service was too slow…dinner for 4 over 3 hrs… Food was excellent but timing needs improvement
  30. m

    mary228

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Sadly, our appetizer and pasta dishes were very unremarkable. This is an expensive restaurant and for the price we paid, we would have liked to be very excited to share our experience. We dined there for our wedding anniversary, and the evening was a let down. Specifically, the Pappardelle with Lamb Ragout might as well have been made with beef. The flavor not only did not taste of lamb, but was very bland. The pasta was nothing special either, depsite the "handmade" claims. The other entree, a ragout with beef tenderloin had absolutely no pieces of beef, you could have eaten this dish with no teeth! Just mushy brown meat sauce on green and tan pasta. Very unappealing visually and had none of the Chianti wine flavor that the meat was supposedly cooked in. We will not be back.
  31. DM

    DeborahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time and we thoroughly enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Our server Mariano was superb as well. We will definitely be going back.
  32. H

    Happy

    Tampa

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit to La Violetta and we will be back. Service and food were excellent. Our party of 4 were all happy with what we ordered.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, atmosphere was great and the food was delicious.
  34. h

    heaven

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food fantastic. The ambiance is lovely. Cost is very fair. Enjoy!!
  35. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is awesome, when you walk in you can see them making the fresh pasta, loved it will definitely go again
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing place!!
  37. B

    Blondie

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared friendship and good food and had an excellent waiter, Moriano -- oh boy, I knew I'd get his name wrong. Forgive me. However, I'm sure you know whom I mean. He's been with La Violetta for years; 27 years old with great hair up in a topknot. He was very informative, efficient and entertaining. I have dined with you twice before, but my friends have not. They all enjoyed it. We will come back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Was very excited to try this restaurant but was not in the top ten or so for Italian in Sarasota. Mediocre atmosphere at best and ok food. The best thing about this restaurant was their imported olive oil at the table but you can go into the market and get that yourself. Chef was not willing to cook my sons fillet past medium rare and he’s 13 so he prefers medium. Sent it back to have it cooked a bit more but the chef did nothing and sent it back out to the table. He couldn’t eat it that temp so we ended up taking it home so that I could cook it more for him. I had the frutti di mare pasta and was so fishy I could not eat it. Disappointing I would not go back.
  39. L

    Lakelady

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in the area by far. Varied menu means something for everyone. The chef has a delicate and deft hand with difficult and standard Italian fare. The panda cotta, branzino and polpo are amazing, as are all the pasta dishes and veal Osso buco.
  40. JK

    JohnK

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great wine list. Food among the best Italian in the area.

FAQs

La Violetta Market and Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 467 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for La Violetta Market and Kitchen

4837 Swift Rd Sarasota, Sarasota, FL 34231

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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