Italian Tradition Restaurant and Martini Bar

4.8
143 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in Citrus Square of Sarasota's historic Rosemary District, Italian Tradition Restaurant & Martini Bar is downtown Sarasota’s most-exclusive dining experience, serving authentic Italian recipes made with only the freshest and finest ingredients.

Embrace the ambiance of Italy and enjoy a meal in the intimate family dining room, or step out onto the patio for a romantic evening by the fire. Experience the encapsulating aromas and the delicious flair of classic Italian dishes and handcrafted cocktails.

Owners and International Restaurateurs, Carlo and Tina Narbona, have created a menu that can easily be modified to accommodate vegetarians, vegans and those with food allergies. Italian Tradition Restaurant & Martini Bar offers guests a memorable experience of culinary delight, served in a modern atmosphere and prepared with Italian spirit.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Organic, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm - 10pm
Closed Tuesdays
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Phone number
(941) 706-1677
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 143 People Are Saying
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Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As noted we all loved it. Our guests are Italian and this led to a pleasant conversation with the owners who of course are also from Italy.

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Naples
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, it was a very nice dinner. I’d give it 4.7 stars if I could. The ambiance both inside and outside is very nice. The food was excellent. The wine list, while not extensive, had strong options. We had an excellent Chardonnay. We shared the spinach salad and both had the sea bass. The sea bass had an authentic olive oil sauce which remanded me of a dinner in Italy. The fish was very fresh and flaky. The whole experience is very authentic Italian as the owners are definitely from Italy.

The service was solid, but a little less attentive than I’d like to see. There probably could be a bit more staff. That was the only minor hiccup. This place is a definite “keeper.” We’ll be back.

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e
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great ownership who treats their customers Italian charm and love.

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M
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Never disappoints! Very patron friendly.

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s
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food in Sarasota, traditional Italian done right!

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G
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today my wife and I dined for the first at this restaurant, and had a delightful experience.
Living in Sarasota for the last 7 years, allowed us to visit the most restaurants in this area.
After today’s dining experience at Italian Tradition we came to the conclusion,
this is the best restaurant around.
The service was very attentive and personal, and the food was absolutely excellent.
Summarizing, at Italian Traditions we experienced deliciously authentic Italian cuisine and ambiance.
This wonderful experience will be an incentive to get back there for many times in the future.

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TA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This by far is the best cuisine in Sarasota. Most of the time we dine out in the area the food is good, but we are never left feeling as if we truely found great cooking until Italian Tradition. I had to write a review to compliment this amazing restaurant. If you haven’t been yet, go, it is as simple as that.

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Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Tina and Carlo are such gracious hosts. Each dish is prepared with precision and love. If you haven’t visited them you have no idea what you are missing. It is a spacious, beautiful restaurant. Not a finer one in all Sarasota. Give it a try.

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Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing. We chose this restaurant because of the good reviews it received. Our experience was much different. The service was very slow - one server on a Saturday night! The food was borderline bad. Neither dish we we selected had any flavor. Pasta with clams tasted liek a 5-year old made it with butter and nothing else. The shrimp ravioli with cherry tomato sauce also lacked any herb/spice flavoring and was very dull. WIth so many decent Italian restaurants around, I cannot see the attraction here.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great service

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G
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. The food and service is so thoroughly Italian. Portions are reasonable, not American oversized, which is good.

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JB
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy coming here. We were among their earliest customers and keep returning for a great dinning experience

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Naples
54 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great Italian restaurant owned by an Italian couple. The food, the ambiance and the service is the best. It's a keeper for us.

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LE
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few places for real dining. We love the food, and the service is excellent: they know the menu and the possible changes without compromising a dish, and they know how to give you time to enjoy your meal.

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DK
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed the appetizer (zucchini flan) and the entree (grouper). But the texture of the creme brûlée was unusual. It was similar to a pudding with curds and the flamed crust was overdone.

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MS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time and I believe better than the first if that’s possible. It’s a lovely quiet venue for dinner. Service was wonderful and food delicious. We will have date night at Italian Tradition again.

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was all homemade and amazing. Great experience and meal. I will definitely be returning for their amazing homemade pesto, butter, bread, and gnocchi.

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L
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Haven’t been to this restaurant in a while..... must say I really enjoyed it. !!! Great restaurant to have in Sarasota... great food !!!

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CP
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was horrible-waited forever to order a drink and only after having to get up and flag down a server. The restaurant wasn’t even that busy but no servers were on the floor for over 20 minutes. The food was not well presented (my husband’s bolognese was cold in the center signaling it had been microwaved). The restaurant had been suggested to us but was a disappointment. We will not recommend nor return.

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R
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding.

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p
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Best carparcio in the area. They should fill the martini glass more. I hate a tall glass only filled 2/3.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

4 of us went for savor sarasota. In my mind this should be a shining showcase to entice more visits at regular prices

The worst
Ordered mussels. 4 came in a bowl. No bread/toast
I ordered pasta with grilled shrimp. 2 shrimp and maybe a cup of pasta thrown together in olive oil
Friend ordered veal scaloppine. 2 small pieced of over fried veal , no sauce,
Dessert was creme brûlée. Maybe a teaspoon in a small cup.
For 32 dollars they should be ashamed.

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SR
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has to be the best kept secret in Sarasota. All of us were blown away by the quality of the food and the level of service. The service was excellent without being pretentious. The individual attention from the servers was just right. We tried the Savor Sarasota promotion and all of the food was wonderful. Presentation was impeccable. We can't wait to go back.

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CS
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Italian Tradition is outstanding! We were very impressed with the quality and presentation of each course! We will definitely return.

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Naples
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Portions were so ridiculously small, we went home hungry. Unacceptable.

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TM
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was overall very tasty. Ravioli portions were obviously meant to be an in between course not a main course. We will definitely go back but they appeared to be understaffed. Rated a 4 but they should be able to move up

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B
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent, excellent, very creative cuisine, no standard Italian

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h
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ordered using the Savor Sarasota menu. The portions were ridiculously small, & certainly not worth $32. I sent an email to the restaurant stating the above, & never received the courtesy of a reply. They obviously don't care. Would not recommend them, & will not go there again.

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DC
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was lacking. Seemed like there was not enough help. Portion sizes were good.

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PW
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, wine, ambience, everything perfect. Service was terrific. The restaurant has lovely decor that adds to the dining experience.

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WO
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Not a very well managed operation. Understaffed and food portions extremely small. Took over an hour to get a drink, and 1:40 hours to get entre. Never again

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was well above average but the service was nonexistent

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RS
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tina is the best hostess!! Bellissima!! Please come and not expect to “get in and get out” if you are in a time crunch- go somewhere else. We were a party of 4 and had a 2.5 hour dinner EXPERIENCE. Viletto de Tonno is amazing, pastas are a perfect portion for one (not massive like others- filling/just enough and don’t share). Lemoncello and biscotti to finish. We’ll be back. I feel like i’m in Italy and had a day away from reality. Gratzie!!!

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MS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a quality experience. Never disappointing.

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DC
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Service was great! I would definitely go back here!

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My advice is to visit this restaurant if you are looking for quality . We have visited 4 times. We have dined early without the pressure of the crowd. Not over spiced, not a volume of food, just perfect to experience the taste. We will support this restaurant thru the Summer.

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DS
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Poor service. Had to call them over for everything

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M
Indiana
25 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful outside seating and a beautiful evening!

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Miami
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was amazing. Fresh, homemade pasta with fresh tomatoes, lobster sauce with lobster tail and cut up lobster pieces. Eggplant appetizer was sliced so thin. And sauce was light and fresh. Well done, Carlo. Fine Italian wine served by host Tina. We have eaten here many times, in fact we were one of their first guests. How do they do it?.....perfect every time. We bring our best friends and family here and they love it. A real gem in Sarasota Florida.

Mary Lou and Jim Burne

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AS
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! We stopped there for dinner and were treated to mouth-watering rolls, fresh from the oven. With champagne butter and another spread (sorry- can't recall what it was). In my experience, good bread means good food and that proved true. The arugula salad was excellent--both the dressing and the addition of pistachios. The homemade pasta was cooked perfectly, with a sauce that complimented the mushrooms. Perfect meal!

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