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“A small family italian restaurant you want to take home with you” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant

Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant
4989 Ringwood Mdws, Sarasota, FL 34235-2033
(941) 377-6562
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Ranked #64 of 819 restaurants in Sarasota
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Newport Coast, Ca
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105 reviews 105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“A small family italian restaurant you want to take home with you”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

This is a small restaurant hidden in a strip center off the beaten path in development in Sarasota. It is the kind of place you wish was close to home. If you love Italian food (and who doesn't, and you are in the greater Sarasota area or visiting, by all means, make a reservation. The food is like being in Italy.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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milwaukee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The garlic bread review mystery explained”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Mona Lisa has been our "go to" restaurants for visitors to this area and we have never been disappointed. Freshly made pastas, a house salad dressing that is spoon licking good, and nightly specials. Never a parking problem. We love the white tablecloth, cozy feel and the house wines are reasonable and decent.
Next door is a pub, which sells mostly decent pub food and has good entertainment...but do not order the garlic bread there! The earlier reviewer obviously went into the wrong door.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Wonderful delicious authentic Italian!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Wonderful delicious authentic Italian. And I am truly perplexed by the review below and wonder if the person was thinking of the correct restaurant?? I have been to Mona Lisa several times and I can assure you they never serve sandwich bread…or cheddar cheese :-) The owner and chefs are from Italy and prepare truly delicious, authentic Italian dishes. Their dishes are not overprocessed or over-salted, as the dishes can be in so many restaurants these days. Their lasagna is the best I have had (don’t tell my Italian aunts please) as they prepare the lasagna with bechamel sauce (as opposed to ricotta cheese, as is in so many Italian-American lasagnas). Their bread is baked fresh daily. I have begun to visit Mona Lisa quite often and have tried many dishes….the food is always wonderful, ambience is wonderful, staff very friendly. I am very health conscious so I limit restaurant visits to 1 to 2 times per week…. but I have been eating at Mona Lisa quite often recently, and have gained no weight! Which just further validates this is real food, healthy, not over processed or over-salted. Delicious authentic wonderful Italian. Wonderful restaurant! Viva Italia, and Mona Lisa!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Probably the worst Italian i've ever eaten”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2011

I shoulda known better when I saw this place was smack in the middle of the Meadows (old people central). Went with a couple friends for a birthday dinner and what a waste!!! I read the reviews on here about the amazing garlic bread....ummmm totally gross! It is literally a slice of sandwhich bread with garlic and butter on it and then toasted....i could make that at home! I ordered the lasagna....i wasn't impressed with it and i let one of my friends try a bite....their reaction was my thoughts...."This tastes like Chef Boy-Ar-Di! I couldn't quite place the cheese on top....it tasted like cheddar cheese but i thought i was surely wrong....cheddar cheese on lasagna....so i asked the waitress and she didn't know so she came back later from the kitchen and what did she say....CHEDDAR CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe an italian place would put cheddar cheese on lasagna. My friends thought their pesto linguini and eggplant parmasian was so so....average at best. So beware of the reviews!!!! If you are over 60 and your taste buds are dulled over the years than you may like this place...otherwise go somewhere else!

  • Visited January 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Naples, Florida
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“What a great neighborhood Italian restaurant should be.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2010

It's off of the beaten track but worth the effort to find. Service and food are excellent. Nicely varied menu and wine list. Moderately priced. Atmosphere is charming. It was too cold to sit outside but that area looked welcoming also. We visit Sarasota regularly and we will definately return.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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