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Fine Italian food in downtown Sarasota with outdoor dining and a nostalgic bar that is family friendly. Memories are being served. Caragiulos became one of Sarasota’s most popular eateries in much the same way the family found the cozy storefront on Palm Avenue, with… ease. From his bakery in Brooklyn, Tony Caragiulo and his five sons came to Florida in pursuit of an agreeable location to open a simple Italian restaurant. After an exhausting, two week long car trek around Florida with no prospects and tempers flaring, Tony signaled for the car to pull over; “Stoppa the*#!*#!!!!car!,… This is it,” he declared, pointing to the vacant stucco location… And it was.
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Italian, American, Pizza
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice staff, tough parking in this downtown area. There was no wait, chicken parm was crispy and very tender, could have had more pasta with it. Eggplant was also tasty.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 1, 2021

very good Italian food an this restaurant The pizzas are like in Italy ! (almost) Crews are very friendly Nice place to be, close to the art galeries

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 15, 2020

Absolutely excellent meal and terrific service. From appetizer to incredible dessert. My friend and I agreed that it was one of the best meals we've had in Sarasota and I've lived here for almost 50 years. Even with the covid virus we felt safe, well...taken care of and the prices were very reasonable. We will be coming back very soon with other friends for another enjoyable experience. Long-time residentMore

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 10, 2020

Went late on an October weeknight so it was quiet. Inside of the restaurant is very attractive, but we asked if we coudl sit outside as the night was so nice. Lovely outdoor seating patio. Friendly, attentive wait staff. Interesting cocktails. Had the calamari fritto...misto to start...nice. Wife had the Rigatoni Pasolini, I had the lasagna. Both were very good. Prices were reasonable, too. Will definitely return when next in Sarasota.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 24, 2020

Food and service below average. I recall this restaurant offering a much better experience. Food taste and quality just not that good and service was slow and inattentive. So many other good choices downtown, cannot recommend

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 13, 2020

The food was amazing, some of the best Italian food I have had in A restaurant! The service was top notch, and the prices were super reasonable! I would certainly go back here again!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed May 30, 2020

CAUTION!! Stay away if you value your health more than the acceptable food at this place. Picked up take away food and about half the staff wasn’t masked or had them AROUND THEIR NECKS!! The fellow who asked for my payment didn’t have his over...his nose and the bar tender served food to patrons with NO covering. Even the manager (I assume he was, ashe appeared to be directing the staff) had a bandana around his neck. Guess he wanted to look like John Wayne, but I wasn’t amused. When I complained that many weren’t following CDC recommendations, he asserted he was 6 ft away — but I never saw a tape measure; his 6 feet is shorter than mine. I wonder what went on in the kitchen (occurred to me after eating!! OMG...)? Why don’t these people understand that a mask AND distance are the best mitigation for spreading a disease that can spread from folks who are still feeling WELL!! I’m staying away, maybe forever, and I strongly suggest YOU DO Too!!!More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed May 10, 2020

A family favorite. Unfortunately, the bread was terrible and had to be thrown out. This was a takeout visit. Otherwise great.

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed March 22, 2020

We were a party of eight, the server got all the complicated orders correct, with a smile. The restaurant had a nice buzz, and the smell of garlic was fragrant. Definitely a keeper!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 18, 2020

We arrived at 5:45 PM, (opens at 5 PM for dinner), but all the tables were full. We were lucky enough to grab 2 of the four stools at the bar. The service was better than table service we have experienced in the past. Food...was wonderfulMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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Carole A B
July 25, 2016|
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Marty C
February 25, 2015|
Response from DREWRYS6423 |
Hi Caragiulos.....Hoping to Dine with you on Saturday @6pm with 4 people. Joanna Costanzo.
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