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Dolce Italia

6551 Gateway Ave, Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5838
+1 941-921-7007
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Ranked #5 of 859 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: A warm welcome to Dolce Italia, celebrating our fourth anniversary. Four years ago we opened with the dream of creating a little gathering place to enjoy good food and good company. You have helped us realize our dream, and we wish to thank you by providing our very best hospitality, ambiance and flavor. We came here from Ischia, Italy to share our passion for creating wholesome Italian Cuisine from our own family traditions. In return, you made us feel like a part of a big happy family here, so we don't miss our Ischia so much. My father created the sculpture of the enchanted Castle Aragonese on our wall to remind us of the beautiful place we were born and raised. Over the last four years, our dreams have come true. We remember each of our customers with fondness, we enjoy every evening that you spend with us, and we feel very lucky to have such a wonderful family of patrons. "La Nostra Casa e la Vostra Casa" (Our Home is your Home) Tiziana & Filippo & Dolce Italia Family
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Sarasota, Florida
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291 reviews 291 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I don't rate many restaurants as excellent but the meal that we had there was exceptional. The restaurant exterior is not any indication of what awaits you on the inside. Dolce Italia is in a rather blah strip mall --so no allure there. But inside, the decor is really charming and cozy with blue and white linen table cloths, candles... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

After reading the reviews and searching the strip mall to find it, we were amazed at the food (seafood pasta) and even more by the warm welcome and service. When we arrived, we were the only diners, but soon a crowd of many customers arrived. They were obviously repeat customers, but we were served with the same attention. Great dinner... More 

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Sarasota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Average food in a stripped mall with a pizza place next to it. The owner greets you, takes your orders and even cleans up the table. The pasta is unremarkable but plentiful.

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Sarasota, Florida
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143 reviews 143 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We came here with another couple to celebrate a friend's birthday. The place is AMAZING! The service was even MORE amazing! The food was fresh and presented nicely. The owner was very attentive and was a true character, in the best sense of the word. By far one of the BEST restaurants that Sarasota has to offer, without question. Don't... More 

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My husband & I decided to try Dolce italia while in Sarasota last month. We were very happy with our meals and plan on returning very soon. The food was prepared perfectly and we enjoyed the wonderful evening.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I was visiting Sarasota with my family and saw that this restaurant had great reviews so we decided to go try it out. We made a reservation for four with no problems. We were slightly skeptical about how nice of an atmosphere this restaurant had to offer because of its strip mall location , but we were proved wrong. The... More 

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eugene
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food and service. Can't wait to go back. Try one of the specials. The food was some of the best Italian I've had.

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Osprey Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We were originally introduced to Dolce Italia a few weeks ago when we called at the last minute on a Friday night to beg for a reservation. We not only got one, we had a lovely dinner there. Three out of four of us raved about our meals (the fourth wasn't too happy because her Veal Picatta wasn't "lively" enough.... More 

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Seekonk, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

A FANTASTIC surprise!!!..We ( my wife, 3 kids , 2 daughters in law and 3 young and incredibly adorable granddaughters) peered in through the windows at Dolce Italia with a fair amount of trepidation not at all sure how our three little charmers would do in a very nice restaurant... Showing NO FEAR, the owner sat us at our table...Service... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Don't let the strip mall location put you off. This is some of the best Italian food we have ever eaten. The lasagna was amazing. Highly recommend it. Friendly, efficient wait staff and the owners are there to talk to you and make sure your experience is a good one. We will go back often

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Address: 6551 Gateway Ave, Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5838
Phone Number: +1 941-921-7007
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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