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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$10 - $25
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Northern-Italian, Southern-Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Menu

STARTERS - SALADS‏
Antipasto
Italian cold cuts, cheeses & marinated vegetables
$9.00
Amalfi Salad
Warm mix of seafood & asparagus served on a bed of greens & balsamic vinaigrette
$10.00
Caprese
Mozzarella, local‏ tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil & capers
$8.00
Caesar
$4.00
Shrimp $+5.00
Chicken $+4.00
Bruschetta Pizzetta
Flat bread w/ mozzarella & tomatoes
$8.00
Calamari & Shrimp Fritti
Fried to perfection w/ a salsa dip
$8.00
Steamed Mussels
Delicious new england fresh mussels served w/ garlic or red sauce
$9.00
Artichoke Casanova
Baked w/ garlic & 4 cheeses
$8.00
Beef Carpaccio
Thinly sliced rare beef tenderloin w/ arugula, shaved parmesan & light msutard dressing
$9.00
Crab Meat & Portabello
Baked in wood burning oven
$9.00
WOOD FIRE PIZZA
Served w/ primo! Salad
Served w/ primo! Salad (caesar or soup add 2)
Authentic neopolitan pizza margherita cooked in sarasota's 1s wood burning oven since 1986. made w/ the finest ingredients. 100% mozzarella cheese, imported san marzano tomatoes, fresh basil & extra virgin olive oil
Criminale
12" personal: pepperoni, sausage, ham, mozzarella
$13.00
Criminale
16" large: pepperoni, sausage, ham, mozzarella
$16.00
Bari
12" personal: onions, basil, diced tomatoes, meatballs, ricotta.
$13.00
Bari
16" large: onions, basil, diced tomatoes, meatballs, ricotta
$16.00
Pazza
12" personal: the works! A little of everything
$13.00
Pazza
16" large: personal: the works! A little of everything
$16.00
Tropicale
12" personal: ham, pineapple
$13.00
SIGNATURE DISHES‏
Served w/ primo! Salad, bread, choice of pasta or truffle fries
Veal Chop Valentino
Center cut broiled to perfection, toppinged w/ bacon cream sauce
$25.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
N.Y. Strip Al Gorgonzola
12 oz. Grilled w/ creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce
$22.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Lamb Chops Scottadito
Pan seared herb crusted in a balsamic barolo demi glaze
$24.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Lobster Tails Fradiavolo
Lobster tails‏ w/ mussels, scallops, bay shrimp & calamari in a spicy tomato sauce
$26.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
PASTA
Served w/ primo! Salad, bread,
Soprano
Penne w/ bacon, peas, portobello mushroom & vodka tomato cream sauce
$13.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
Mamma Rosa
Spaghetti w/ meatballs or meat sauce or sausage
$13.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
Clams
Baby clams sauteed w/ spaghetti in a white or red sauce
$13.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
Fellini
Pumpkin ravioli sauteed in fresh sage, walnuts, butter & parmigiano
$15.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
Amoremio
Penne pasta, artichokes, olives, capers, chicken tenders, sun-dried tomatoes in garlic olive oil
$14.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
Sofia Loren
Cappellini, crabmeat, asparagus & sun-dried tomatoes in cream sauce
$15.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
Napoli
Penne tossed w/ roma tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella, basil & kalamata olives.
$13.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
Sorrento
Mussels, shrimp, calamari & scallops in marinara over spaghetti
$15.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
Della Nonna
Potato pasta w/ chicken & toasted walnuts in a creamy gorgonzola sauce
$14.00
Caesar
Soup $+2.00
HOUSE SPECIALTY‏
Served w/ primo! Salad, bread & choice of pasta or truffle fries
San Marco
Calf's liver sauteed w/ caramelized onions, marsala wine & mushrooms
$16.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Tilapia
Dipped in light egg butter, sauteed in lemon zest sauce
$19.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Tonino
homemade Italian sausage toppinged w/ roasted peppers, onions, & tomato sauce
$17.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Marcaurelio
Lamb shank braised in our brick oven w/ root vegetables, plum tomatoes & demi glaze
$19.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Octopus
grilled w/ olive oil, fresh lemon juice, like nonna rosa makes it in Italy!!!
$17.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Cod Positano
Toppinged w/ artichoke, shrimp & pinot butter sauce
$17.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Chicken Classico
Choice of picatta, or cacciatora, or marsala
$16.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Eggplant Rollatini
Filled w/ ricotta & baked w/ tomato sauce & mozzarella
$14.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Risotto Pescatore
Classic seafood dish made w/ arborio rice
$18.00
Pasta
Truffle fries
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
PARMIGIANA
Lightly breaded & baked w/ fresh basil marinara sauce & mozzarella cheese
Chicken
$16.00
Veal
$18.00
Eggplant
$15.00
BAKED CLASSICS‏
Served w/ primo! Salad & bread,
Manicotti
Stuffed w/ ricotta cheese & baked in marinara alfredo sauce
$14.00
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Baked Ziti
Pasta w/ meat sauce, mozzarella & marinara
$13.00
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Lasagna
Baked pasta layered w/ meat sauce, mozzarella & marinara
$14.00
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
Tortellini Liam
Meat tortellini baked in a deliciously creamy four cheeses sauce
$14.00
Caesar $+2.00
Soup $+2.00
SIDES
Mushroom
$3.00
Asparagus
$4.00
Primo Fries
$3.00
Sausage
$4.00
Meatballs
$4.00
Broccoli Rabe
$4.00
PANINI (HOT SANDWICHES)‏
Served w/ truffle fries
Parma
Chicken or sausage parmigiana
$8.00
Paradiso
Grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes & basil dip
$9.00
Pavarotti
mild Italian sausage, roasted peppers, provolone & marinara
$8.00
Meatballs
Baked w/ marinara, fresh mozzarella
$8.00
WINE
San Giovese
Glass $7.00
Full carafe $27.00
Chianti
Glass $n/a
Full carafe $22.00
Chianti Classico
Glass $8.00
Full carafe $31.00
Cabernet Savignon
Glass $7.00
Full carafe $27.00
Montepulciano D'Abbruzzi
Glass $8.00
Full carafe $31.00
Merlot
Glass $6.00
Full carafe $23.00
Shiraz
Glass $7.00
Full carafe $27.00
Pinot Noir
Glass $8.00
Full carafe $31.00
Chardonnay
Glass $6.00
Full carafe $23.00
Pinot Grigio
Glass $7.00
Full carafe $27.00
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Reviewed March 11, 2020 via mobile

Our dinner started out fast and was good, but we waited literally forty minutes for our bill. Other tables were in and out. Manager should help serve food.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

Primo has a great Italian menu. A large restaurant, it is always full at dinner. We have been twice in a month and will return for their happy hour which is a great value. All the pizzas and pastas are half price with the purchase...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020 via mobile

Accomadated a group of 20 with no problem. Called ahead and staff was more than happy to host. Looks smaller from the outside but actually is quite large. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding, although the house salads were nothing to brag...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

I want to start by saying the service was great & friendly, that's why I gave this 2 stars, though the server could be a little more knowledgeable about their dishes. The food was not good, flavorless all the dishes in our party from chicken...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

Atmosphere the best, owner Maurizio charming and like he just here for a visit from Italy. Food the best of the best.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020

First we waited 5-8 minutes to be seated. Although they weren’t busy, no one seemed interested that we were standing there waiting to be seated. The bread served had little flavor. They do have great early bird specials. If you order a drink you get...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 18, 2020

Was in Sarasota for business, staying near the airport, and wanted a nearby dinner. Actually was on the way to another restaurant but Primo! caught my eye. I went simple -- sat solo at the bar, glass of wine, the "Soprano" pasta with bacon &...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 16, 2020

We saw the tempting photo of a Margherita pizza prominently displayed on their site. I printed it and took it with us. We showed it to the woman taking names and orders and said we'd like a pizza that looked just like that photo. She...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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freskair, Owner at Primo! Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2020

Hi, for your own knowledge... we do use fresh mozzarella and not Bufala one.The mozzarella di Bufala is been a trend but not a must for classica Margherita, because first of all is impossible to find a consistent one in USA, second, there is no...More

Reviewed February 13, 2020

Great service in the beginning, but a little slow getting check. The cook behind the bar gave us a flimsy to go styrofoam container for 1/2 a pizza, so it fell apart while holding on the way out. Dropped on floor. No one came so...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

Super-good Italian cuisine, with an excellent menu, great service and fun interior design. If you can get there between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. most menu items are half-price with the purchase of any beverage. Will try to go back there whenever in town.

Date of visit: February 2020
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