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Dolce Italia

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6551 Gateway Ave, Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5838
+1 941-921-7007
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: A warm welcome to Dolce Italia, celebrating our fourth anniversary. Four...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 385
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  • 51
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
This is a happening place!

We had reservations for 8:30 but it was completely packed when we arrived. It seats about 50? The head waiter and owner were very apologetic that we had to wait and gave us a nice glass of wine on the house to drink while we waited. I ordered the Salmon Risotto and my husband had the Seafood... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Brenda R
,
Halifax, Canada
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Halifax, Canada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had reservations for 8:30 but it was completely packed when we arrived. It seats about 50? The head waiter and owner were very apologetic that we had to wait and gave us a nice glass of wine on the house to drink while we waited. I ordered the Salmon Risotto and my husband had the Seafood Linguini. We thought... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Not been to their new address since they moved, and would you believe, it was just as marvellous as before. The food is excllent and the service is "spot on". Not to be missed.

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Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Average experience, we where looking forward to eat her, and we walked out disappoint. Also the servis was very good or evan excellent we will not go again.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Driving to where the restaurant was located we were unsure whether we made a wise choice. After our meal we were very sure we made a very wise choice. We ordered off the specials and they were excellent. We all had a different dish and shared. The restaurant is about the food and it is Spartan yet comfortable and always... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Answer: Try Dolce Italia! Looking for the best food you'd never find? If you are new to Sarasota or here temporarily to enjoy one of the beautiful local beaches, you might be craving a great dinner out. You won't find Dolce Italia in the center of town or by the beach. However, it is well worth seeking it out in... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This place is fabulous. The owners are always welcoming and courteous, as though you'd come to visit their home. They are rightfully proud of their offerings and enjoy sharing their knowledge of food and wine with their guests. The food is exceptionally good and unmarred by "Americanization". They are located in the Gulf Gate area (home to several hidden gems... More 

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I have been to Italy many times. I have been to many Italian restaurants in the U,.S.. While many U.S. Italian restaurants are good, they don't stack up to the Italian restaurants in Italy - until Dolce Italia. From the greeting, to the table side banter, to the food and to the desserts - everything was fantastic. The owners were... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My friends have been recommending Dol It so we finally tried it and weren't disappointed. The pasta specials were so original I'd never heard of them before and alone were worth the trip. Their Ripasso by the glass was almost an Amarone. I'll be returning soon to try their veal. The service was also great.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here while on spring break with our daughter and another family. The food was wonderful... We all ordered from the "specials" which were listed on a chalk board and none of us were disappointed. Our waiter was really helpful and in addition to our dinners, we had several appetizers. The smoked zucchini was really different but delicious. Everything... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Thee owners are from the isle of Ischia. If you have been to Italy you know that each region has an individualized style of food preparation usually specializing in what is plentiful in their area. Do not expect heavily seasoned food or heavily sauced starchy dishes. You can find that anywhere .....not here. Fresh foods do not need to be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6551 Gateway Ave, Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5838
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-921-7007

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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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