Pietro's Italian Restaurant

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Italian Restaurant& wine bar in Sarasota. Where you are a stranger only once.
His philosophy served him well with his previous Sarasota businesses. Café Gabbiano located on Siesta Key was originated by the Migliaccio family in 2003 where is four sons grew in and out of the restaurant business.
A second venture in downtown Sarasota was opened and designed by Pietro in 2012 named Casantica, a small old house converted to a quaint homey restaurant. Both restaurants are now under new ownership.
Now, this small intimate place is where I can have fun serving and meeting new friends. Benvenuti.


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MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST Italian restaurant in Sarasota County. Pietro treats you like family

DR
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pietro’s never disappoints! The food, service, and ambiance always reminds me of Italy. We enjoy every aspect of our meals and look forward to our return!!

MM
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the game vending was special. From our opening greeting at the door, too the relaxed atmosphere, to the friendly waiter and of course the wonderful food.

P
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!

Pietro is an amazing chef. Fantastic “real Italian.”

His wife Susan is a perfect hostess.

Marco and Elena are fabulous servers.

The room is the most attractive in Sarasota.

Reservations are a must: Pietro’s has been discovered!

CD
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the moment you walk in the door..the unique decor, ..the friendly, knowledgable, staff,...the menu,...the food,...it is a very nice experience...thank you!

LG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We liked the restaurant very much. Nice ambiance and not too noisy. It was a busy Saturday so service was a bit slow but that was ok as we were enjoying our company and our dinner.

T
Nashville
99 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy Peter and Susan and Marco are back into business! We have missed them. The food, the service everything was wonderful. Marco selected a bottle of wine for us , we trust him totally on selecting wine. It was so good we ordered 2 for the table. We will return as fast as we can!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Great wine off the menu. Sat in back room and it was nice. Like the ambience better in main room. Will be back soon.

G
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I consider myself an Italian foodie having experienced the finest in NYC and Italy. Pietro’s compares favorably with all of them. Quality of food is outstanding. Veal dishes are among the best prepared. Service is also excellent. We will return!

PW
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a marvelous restaurant, from the time you enter until you leave, very satisfied. The food is wonderful as is the service. Treat yourself to a terrific evening!

R
New England
64 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Filet of sole Frances was delicious as was the fagoli soup. We sat in a room that was crowded and noisy as one women had a really high pitched voice. Ceilings are low and room is tight. We chose to move to the bar which was great.
Husband wasn’t feeling well so we will try again on his next trip home!

FJ
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I have eaten at Pietro’s before with no problem. But, this time things were different. Our service was extremely slow. The table was too small for 4 because the plates are so big. The food was just good. It is a popular place and crowded so the noise level was high. Because of our experience that night, to their credit, they realized their mistakes and compensated us. I was disappointed in the experience that night. With so many restaurants in the area, I will probably not go back for a long time.

R
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful new Italian restaurant! Friendly and attentive. Best veal in a very long time! Can’t wait to go back!

DT
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smal and cozy.

EM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Informative staff. Sweet, small cozy. A bit on the expensive side, but the food did not disappoint.

DR
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pietro’s by far is the best Italian restaurant outside of Italy! The Italian cuisine and atmosphere are reminiscent of an Italian restaurant southern Italy.

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is decorated quite beautifully. The owners and staff were so attentive and friendly. They went out of their way to help make a birthday celebration extra special. And most importantly, the food was delicious!!

P
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You’d have to go to Ischia to get food as good as this!

JB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

CK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new owner restaurant. A hidden gem. The best authentic Italian food in a city of many many restaurants. I felt like I was in Italy again. staff is over the top wonderful and owner has a great selection of many good wines. You won’t be disappointed. Can’t wait to get back.

s
New England
317 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Pietro's is a very good restaurant. The food was excellent.....chicken franchise ( not an easy dish to make), grouper, salad. The service was prompt and efficient. The host/owner could not have been more accommodating and personable . I have two personal pet peeves that prevented me from rating Pietro's higher . The tables for two are simply too small and too close together. Also, there are too many tables jammed into this space and we did not feel totally at ease. My second peeve ( and I realize this is personal ) is that I asked for my pasta side dish to be served with garlic and oil. I was told that it could only be served with marinara saucer. I am sorry but any Italian restaurant worth its salt can serve pasta with garlic and oil...it takes about two minutes to make. Pietro's appears to be doing well....it was full. However in a city with so many good Italian restaurants and so many choices; little things do matter

RW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good, We waited an unusually long time for our meals.

S
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

No redeeming features- no where close to the other Italian restaurants in town (Beulah, Mediteranneo)

P
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic New Years Eve dinner.

Perfect, as always.

Best authentic Italian in Sarasota, with nicest people.

SH
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful dining experience. Everything is so delightful, from the ambience, decor and the food. Have eaten here several times and we always it.

PW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was super, for vegetarians, too, as was the service. We really like the atmosphere and the table arrangements. It was a very enjoyable evening with easy conversation. Treat yourself and go.

S
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistently good quality food and service. The owners are very cordial and active in the restaurant. We have recommended Pietro's to friends. Very nice for a special occasion.

EN
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like Italian? Want true Italian? Date night or celebration of any type? This is the best place ever. Small and intimate with amazing service and food!

JC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Christmas Eve dinner, food ok, service slow, menu limited and expensive. I really wanted to like it more. Maybe I'll try another night that owned a holiday

DC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The host and hostess were welcoming and provided an at-home atmosphere.

VG
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have known Peter and Susan since their days at Cafe Gabbiano, so we were excited to try the new restaurant, Pietro's. It is a charming space, small and intimate, but tables are not too close together, as a previous reviewer indicated. Service was perfectly timed, professional and friendly. We started with bruschetta. which was fresh and delicious. I remembered Peter's wonderful lobster ravioli from Gabbiano so I ordered it. I was not disappointed! Excellent portion size and perfectly cooked. My husband had grouper, which he thoroughly enjoyed and was also cooked to perfection. An excellent bottle of Pinot Grigio completed our meal.
Susan approached our table and said that she remembered us, and that Peter would like to say hello. It turns out that he was in the kitchen that night, so it is no surprise that the food was absolutely wonderful. He came out to greet us and it was a happy reunion, as we told him how much we loved the new space and how we had enjoyed the entire experience.
Peter is a born restaurateur, and his newest project, Pietro's, is sure to be a huge success. I highly recommend it for lovely atmosphere, wonderful, fresh food, great service, and the delightful presence of Susan and Peter, who make everyone feel like friends.

NN
Pittsburgh
116 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience in this cozy, romantic restaurant. Generous portions. Great food (lobster risotto special: the taste and presentation were amazing!). Veal special was amazing!
Owners , Pietro and Susan, treat the customers like family. Staff are attentive to customer needs and take the time to remember your preferences! We plan to return soon!

CZ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Just one tipp...would be great if the plates would be heated with the hot food....that way it stays longer warm......is a pity for the delicious food you serve....thank you!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

CF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though there was a loud Christmas Party going on, the owners and staff did everything
to make us feel like royalty. Highly recommend this restaurant.

PW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is superb, service outstanding, décor wonderful - and it's quiet. Go! Treat yourself, you deserve it!

SF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fifth time at Pietros and the food has been consistently fantastic. Service is right on par. Complimentary grappa is a nice touch. We will be back.

OT
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service accompanied by pleasant Italian music and decor.

J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful staff &owners. Food was cooked perfectly.

NN
Pittsburgh
116 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food from the delicious Caesar salad to the Dover Sole to the Cannelloni special...each bite was better than the last. Loved the Limoncello Cake and the cannoli.