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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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota. Food is always exceptional and the service is great. The smoked tuna salad is off the charts! I highly recommend.

2
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosario and La Violetta are gems! Best food in Sarasota made of the finest ingredients with care, creativity, and attention to detail. This is a world class experience and restaurant that could hold its own among the best in any big city. Can’t wait to return again and again.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small place, but a big and diverse menu. Everything we ordered was great! And the service was excellent. Maybe a bit on the pricey end for what it was, but the portions were definitely big - true Italian style!! I’d highly recommend!

M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing as always. There was a flatbread special with burrata that was outstanding and the GNUDI TOSCANI were delish! Also, the panna cotta gorgonzola appetizer was amazing! My dad couldn't get enough of it! Our waitress was so attentive and on top of our table the entire time! Can't wait to go back to our favorite spot. I'm from CT and go to Florida at least four times a year and have to make sure a night is spent there for dinner!

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a gem of an Italian restaurant with authentic food ...we had a deliciously wonderful meal

ZW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homemade pasta the real deal

CT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting this restaurant. Absolutely amazing dinner. Enjoyed it so much, went back the next night for another dinner! It’s too bad we don’t live in Florida as we would love to be able to come here more often, but we will return when we are back in town!!

s
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most authentic farmhouse Mediterranean In our belief in Sarasota When I say farmhouse it is a compliment of great order as it simply means food that begins with the basics being made in-house and not an overabundance of dressings or sauces or spices used There were four of us and we had a variety of pasta dishes each was as good as the other Made for great sharing Only dish not fully up to par that evening was the seafood Del Mar for whatever reason Atmosphere transports you to an intimate European inn A true bonus in this town

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We came for a nice, New Year’s Eve dinner and we wish we hadn’t.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

D
Dallas
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined there for New Year’s Eve. Our waitress was very nice and personable. Any questions we had about different entree’s, she was able to explain them to us. The food was as delicious as always. We look forward to returning in the future.

CB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at La Violetta for NYE. Food was incredible, service exceptional, atmosphere divine. Try the foie gras creme brulee!

D
Tampa
196 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Normally great food but this time one out of two. The duck confit was excellent but the veal pizzoli with pasta was sub par. The veal was tough and tasteless and pasta was overcooked. Service was good as always. With everything made from scratch, do not expect a fast service. Value is good if the food is good. This time just didn’t pan out.

SH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Always fresh with many unique and tasty specials. Our favorite for Italian in Sarasota

ML
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing. Not your usual Italian restaurant. The menu is unique. The pasta is all homemade. Been there a couple of times and the food has been cooked perfectly each time. Go experience this place.

SC
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was very well prepared and offered some unusual dishes (like duck stuffed ravioli) and was much more interesting than your typical Italian restaurant. The small facility makes for a peaceful environment and the service was also quite good. All around, it was a great experience.

DT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Delicious Delightful. This cozy little place is perfect in every way. Food is amazing and service is impeccable. Beyond that there is a quirky charm and comfort that is so unexpected behind these doors. Highly recommended!

R
Baltimore
78 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice rustic setting, excellent service, very good food at reasonable prices. We'll come back again to try the other entrees

DM
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu, wonderfully executed. Welcoming environment, always accommodating. My favorite restaurant in Sarasota

ES
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had recommended La Violetta to our friends. They loved it! as do we. A lovely dinner and a lovely evening. Wonderful food, presentation, and service.

PM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
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
83 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
6 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
20 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.