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Il Tesoro

751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239-395-4022
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Price range: $25 - $50
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Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: San-Cap Road
Description: IL Tesoro Ristorante, the restaurant name which means ,"the Treasure" in Italian, features authentic Italian cuisine with a modern sophisticated touch using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a festive experience in a Bistro-style setting, with hundreds of Italian wines and dozens of original oil paintings decorating the walls. Open kitchen flair is added enjoyment of the evening as you can watch your dinner being carefully prepared. Our menu is the total creation of Chef/Owner, AJ Black, where his motto reigns supreme, “Fresh Ingredients, simplicity, love are the recipe for a treasured dining experience."
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English first
Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Worth it. Every bite. Order the pasta - it is housemade.... Ordered soup, salad and entree. Quaint place for quiet evening.

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Fort Myers
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This restaurant with low ceilings and uneven floors has great character; food and service to match. I loved being greater by the bowl of fresh olives and antipasto goodies behind the counter when arriving. The atmosphere is cozy, the food is well prepared, the wine choices were not the same old same old. Look this one up for sure when... More

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Mc Corrmick, SC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We just love the antipasto at Il Tesoro. It comes with a nice variety of seafood, veggies, meats and cheeses,and each item is prepared in its own special way, seasoned perfectly. The eggplant is amazing, but then again so is the calamari and pretty much everything else. We followed that with two excellent pasta dishes, made with fresh pasta of... More

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Central NJ
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We just left the restaurant and can't wait to go back already! Joe was our server and was on point. My husband and I came here for the first time in 2013 and again in 2014 and will certainly come back! We had the caprese salad the three meatballs apps which were fresh and delicious! For dinner zuppa di peace... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A Marriott concierge recommendation led us to this unusual restaurant. Once you find the place, you enter into a most delightful and pleasant experience. From the initial greeting by every employee, including the chef, (the open kitchen in just inside the front door), through drinks, a very creative menu with daily specials, and a final cannoli, all with impeccable service.... More

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Tampa, FL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great little place that we've utilized twice for takeout for our family of five. They are very nice and accommodating -- no kids menu, but they were able to craft something standard (pasta and marinara, etc.) for my kids. The pasta is fresh and very tasty. The restaurant looks very quaint inside and my family and I look forward to... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Il Tesoro has become our special place since the first time we visited Sanibel. We got married on the island a couple of years ago and had our wedding dinner there. Excellent Italian food, terrific wine list, impeccable service, charming atmosphere. With so many of the the same cookie-cutter, over-priced fish-fry places in Sanibel was a relief to find a... More

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Albany
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

We have been to Il Tesoro every August since it opened. Tonight was our last meal there. Our arrancini appetizer arrived cold in the center. The wait staff was indifferent. Our entrees were sloppy and small compared to previous dinners. We have met the owners in past years and have dined in their restaurant in New York City. Our guess... More

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Quiet, romantic, nicely decorated place. Waiter was professional and helpful, food was very good. We went early and there were only a few other people but it was busy by the time we left. A good experience, a very fine restaurant on Sanibel.

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Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Excellent food in a charming restaurant. Waiter (Stephen) was knowledgeable and provided excellent service! Not your typical Italian fare you find in chain-type restaurants. We did not know of the restaurant until we saw a Groupon deal. We'll be back!

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