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Dolce Italia

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6551 Gateway Ave, Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5803
+1 941-921-7007
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Oslo, Norway
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A must. Good service in pristine surroundings. We chose the Melanzane Alla Parmigiana followed by Seafood Linguine, one of the the House Specialities which tasted made-from-scratch-authentic followed by Limoncello Cake, a fluffy cake infused with lemony limoncello liqueur a truly heavenly dessert baked by the owner-chef. Enjoy!

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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We just found this amazing little Italian restaurant. Being Italian I always hesitate to order something my mother makes like her gnocchi, but Tiziana (owner-chef) makes them as close to my mothers recipe as I've tasted. Her spaghetti sauce is to die for, and her braciolle excellent. Can't wait to go back. But better make reservations because restaurant is small... More 

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Cape Cod, MA
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156 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost hesitate to review this tiny, wonderful place, for fear it will be overwhelmed and inaccessible next time we visit! Only a few tables in an unassuming roadside spot, but still cozy and so inviting....the staff, especially the chef herself (who greeted everyone in the restaurant, stopping to chat with each person as if they were longtime friends) was... More 

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Chengdu, China
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Sarasota on vacation and picked up the restaurant based on all the positive reviews on tripadvisor despite 20 min drive from Sarasota Indigo in a raining day. It is located in a neighborhood filled with many italian restaurants. Later our very warmly servant Jenny explained to us that a lot of Italians immigrated to Sarasota in the 50s. The... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This store is doing well after many years of business in Historic Manassas. The crew has done a great job of creating a menu with quality and selection in mind. They have developed some outstanding choices that you'll find delicious. They also have a a daily specials menu. All this with great quality and service at a reasonable price. If... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit. We went with friends who have been there before. From beginning to end the service was excellent with frequent visits from the chef/owner. Overall the food was very good, but not excellent. However, I will try it again just to see how other dishes stack up and to experience the service.

Thank Marc L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Finally, having spent many years eating at so called "Italian" restaurants in Venice FL, we came across this little gem. The welcome we received, the ambience and the attentive staff were a pleasant change from our numerous dining experiences in the area. The food was simple but wonderfully tasty and uncomplicated. I look forward to going back very soon with... More 

Thank GoferFife
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am from Italy and the food at Dolce Italia is authentic. The chef is the best. I tried trene dolce italia and napoletan eggplant and both dishes were flavorful and satisfying. I look forward to trying more of the menu.

Thank raffaeledolgetta
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we entered the place we were greeted warmly and to our delight .. the only thing that outshined the wonderful attentive and helpful wait staff was the food! This was the best Italian meal we have had in Sarasota. Truly special! If you haven't been there GO! Be sure to check out the specials on the chalk... More 

Thank Michael B
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is possibly the best Italian restaurant in Sarasota. Growing up in an italian family I can tell you this restaurant is authentic. I had one of the specials - pappardelle with braciole - and it was delicious. The appetizers and other entrees were excellent too. The owner - originally from Italy - and the staff treated us like family.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6551 Gateway Ave, Sarasota FL, Sarasota, FL 34231-5803
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-921-7007
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?