La Violetta Rustic Italian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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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PM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. We can't wait to go back!

SS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far and away the best food in Sarasota! The servers and the cook are very food centered and knowledgeable and the entire experience is wonderful!

S
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant continues to excel. The menu has expanded, is innovative and any choice is delicious, enticing and reflects the chef,s commitment to providing a gastronomic feast complemened by expanded wine choices. Dessert is heavenly.

SL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and the staff and atmosphere were very welcoming. The owner went out of his way to email wine list before our visit. Will make it a regular spot when we visit Sarasota.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wine, and authentic Italian food!

LW
Tampa
81 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful flavors! A perfect dinner night out!

BK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable evening @ La Violetta! The food is wonderful. Rosario is a delight!

w
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

An average restaurant - nothing special. Sarasota desperately needs a good Italian restaurant

NP
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like eating in Italy!

A
Pittsburgh
37 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite delightful. Enjoyed every bite!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pretty awesome all around. Best Italian (and maybe overall restaurant) in Sarasota.

FL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without question, the best Italian restaurant in Sarasota.
Rosaria and Emilio and the entire staff are amazing. I feel like I have been invited into their home for an amazing dinner. The menu is truly right out of Emilia Romagna. Amazing homemade pasta and the octopus salad is to die for. Every entree is prepared to perfection.

They could teach other restaurant owners how to run a successful restaurant.

l
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service for the whole evening

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exquisitely prepared . The owners are from Parma and food authentic . The staff super friendly.

RR
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointing.
Read great reviews, but that was not our experience.
My wife’s crabmeat appetizer was so salty she couldn’t finish it. My dish, veal scallopine , tasted like it has been sitting on the counter for 10 minutes before being served.
Kitchen was very slow.
Overall, disappointing

TM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic delicious Italian food with attentive, personal and friendly service. Quality is consistently high no matter what you order. Pasta done right (best we’ve had outside of Italy) and meat dishes are also great.

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!!!! The service is impeccable and the food is a delicious old Italian delight.

RS
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was very good here. My wife and I greatly enjoyed the bread , salad and the excellent pasta dish.

R
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Everything was outstanding as usual,.but our service was on the slow side.

MT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was beautiful and delicious. Dinner was such a delight. It was not cheap, but the prices were fair for the quality and portions. It was an amazing meal at the right price. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great meal in the area.

RG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional! Flavors are wonderful and service is consistently pleasing.

NP
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in the area. Authentic italian flavors, great service, desserts, everything.

J
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian restaurant in Sarasota
Highly recommended

DM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Very small restaurant so make reservations well in advance.

D
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed La Scarpetta for the first time. Unfortunately the folks at the next table were celebrating a birthday and were very loud to the point it bothered my wife. I wear hearing aids, so it didn't bother me nearly as much.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good, authentic Italian dishes. Great service provided by server. Looking forward to our next dining experience there.

L
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful to eat there as often as I do!! Look forward to many more times there!!

Janet Lange

WP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb... we love Scarpetta and we have brought family and friends and they love it, too!

b
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding prepared food. Service friendly and unobtrusive. I would eat there 5 days a week, but I could not afford new clothes that often.
Well worth the trip near of far.

A
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Our waitress was great!

GM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service excellent. Food selection creative

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, food and service!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding. We would definitely return, and would recommend to others.

h
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

this is most recent of several visits to this restaurant. always wonderful.

BB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally, a truly authentic northern Italian restaurant that shines! The best feature is the quality of the food - spectacular. We had the octopus salad (tender, perfectly seasoned), the pappardelle with sausage ragout (homemade pasta with perfect balance), and the rack of lamb in balsamic fig sauce (no words). All were exquisite, and immediately transported me back to the dozens of times that I have dined in Italia. Quite honestly, we cannot wait to go back. The service was very good, the atmosphere very comfortable and quiet, and the dessert (panna cotta) was the best I've ever tasted. Buonissimo!

SH
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a special dinner with our friends July 31. The food and wine were fabulous and the service perfect. We had time to relax, talk and enjoy each other. A word of advice-call for reservations. La Scarpetta is always full.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Lovely food. Need to book as generally very busy

SC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is unbelievable. Everything (including pasta and bread) is homemade. It is Italian food you've never had before (most menu items you do not see anywhere else), but would come back again and again. The servers are fun, knowledgeable and accommodating. An amazing food experience.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Had heard this was a great Italian Restaurant, the decor was pretty neat and the service was average. The food itself was just ok, was expecting something much better.

OT
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, low key ambience. Good spacing of tables. Staff are wonderful. All very well versed on menu, offer suggestions and add to the overall experience. Food is superb. I typically chose from the pasta specials which are both unique and delicious. Our consistent go to restaurant