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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic meal; we'll be back for sure. Food and service are terrific. Very classy place, we love it. Wine selection is awesome.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed March 23, 2024

Amazing dinning experience. The food reminds me of when a was young. There were small Italian restaurants that made me feel good. The servers the food is the best I have eaten in years.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed March 21, 2024

Our Chef Marcello and server Jeffrey truly provided a once in a life time experience. Ambience, wine selection and menu were truly amazing! So awesome that there is a restaurant right here on Sarasota that competes with anything anywhere in the world that I have...ever eaten. I’m truly in awe of this place and so we’re all of my guests.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 10, 2024

If you're a wine person, especially Italian wines, this is the place for you. Food was very good, all agreed, and ample portions. Waiters were friendly, actually swapped a few jokes with them. Vibe is like a small upscale neighborhood restaurant. I spoke with Marcello...for a few moments about making future reservations, and he's quite friendly. Did I mention a great wine list? We'll be back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 11, 2024 via mobile

The owner/chef is very hands on and takes pride in his product. We've been 4/5 times and plan on many more visits. The Caesar salad is tableside and outstanding! Last night my husband had the braised ribs and I had cioppino, both were excellent. I...had a Pinot noir from Napa valley it was reasonably priced. This is a restaurant that you want to take your time and enjoy. I love how the menu changes and offers interesting options. Our waiter had a strong Italian accent but we understood him perfectly and he was super sweet!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 1, 2024

We have eaten at Marcello's several times. Marcello is the consummate chef/owner. He does everything from reservations, to the daily shopping, to the menu creation, and cooking every meal. The food is outstanding. Our recent visit was with friends visiting from DC and we wanted...to go somewhere special. We were a large party of 9 and were blown-away when we were seated in the wine room. It was setup like you would a wine tasting in Tuscany. It was intimate and our waiter was attentive. We had charcuterie, Caesar salad, and a variety of the dinner specials, and two different desserts. This was a night for everyone to remember. Some reviews complain about it being small and a bit noisy in the main dining room. I think it allows the chef/owner to manage the quality of the dining experience. We will definitely go again. Thank you Marcello for a wonderful evening!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed September 13, 2023

Went for our anniversary dinner but probably won’t be back. As mentioned, this is a very small restaurant & can be difficult to get a reservation, unless you are a regular (and there were a lot). The service feels deliberately slow and there is no...rushing the small, professional staff or the owner/chef. The food was very good, but not the “rave” many feel. What we noticed was the vibe. Clearly, regular customers are treated far better than new ones which got annoying when trying to get service. The waiter bragged to us “how much money people spend here”. So? We did not enjoy the “we dont need you vibe” and will gladly go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 1, 2023

We went to celebrate my husbands birthdayThe only thing good about this restaurant was the waiter. Food was nothing to write home about. They did have a great wine list. So disappointed. Who is writing these reviews. Over priced and had to look for the...pasta that came with short ribsMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 5, 2023

excellent food, best seafood papardella, but extremely noisy. A fast talking, impossible to understand and very rude waiter. He was impatient, snooty and caused so much tension we considered leaving. Very long waiting time to be served and pricy. If you have a lot of...patience, don't mind great noise, go, the food was good. I never tip below 20%, but this time.....More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 4, 2023

What a gem! Food was delicious, service was great, ambience/ atmosphere very nice. Tableside prepared classic Cesare salad was awesome, cannot get any fresher. We were a party of six and everyone had a different entrée, which came out steaming, directly from the pan. All...dinners came out in a timely manner, so everyone could enjoy the very tasty dinner at the same time. DEFINITELY will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 27, 2023 via mobile

Excellent !!! Wine incredible Food awesome Marcelo is the Goat ! Incredible evening with best friends Food is indescriptible ! You have to go to this gem ! It’s a must go !

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 14, 2023

The food was excellent. However, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you spend $4-500 in a strip mall restaurant with a snotty waiter. Never left a tip below 10% in my life, but you reap what you sow.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 5, 2023

Marcello Aquino is the owner, chef, greeter, server and dishwasher of Marcello, a cozy and intimate and romantic Italian restaurant at 4157 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Florida. Marcello has no assistants. He is the sole cook. Every meal is prepared by him alone. Open...from 5:30 to 9 Tuesday through Saturday, it features only nine tables and a wine room that seats 12. Marcello, who advertises "a slice of New York combined with a bit of Italy," opened his pride and joy in 2013 and has been drawing rave notices ever since with his elaborate creations of veal, steak, duck, seafood and home-made pasta. For a starter, my wife and I were given an introduction to his restaurant as he prepared a Caesar salad tableside. For an entree, my wife chose braised beef shank osso buco, a long-time favorite that she rarely is able to find on a menu. She said she never tasted better. Meanwhile, I opted for a delicious plate of Chilean sea bass. For dessert, we shared portions of tiramisu and lemon sorbet. Dining at Marcello, with Marcello himself, is like having a world-class chef come to your house to prepare a meal.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 28, 2023 via mobile

Amazing table-side Caesar and nice wine selection - Duck entree was almost black and blue vs MR and porcini ravioli lacked flavor - short rib entree was also a miss - being new to Sarasota friends who winter here highly recommended Marcelo - it took...three tries to just get the management to respond to our request to make a reservation - No worries we won’t be back …More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed February 8, 2023 via mobile

The waiter prepares and serves hearty portions of Caesar salad— believe best I ever had. For dinner I had was duck ragu over homemade pasta. So delicious. The dessert of chocolate covered ice cream was also family recipe. Everything felt special and service very professional....Had great time. They also have nice wine collection but our group were not drinkers. Others there definitely enjoyed wine choices.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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I’m sorry, I am currently traveling abroad, just saw this post today. I would contact Marcello using the same number you called to make your reservation, he answers all messages. Hopefully, with advance notice, he can... More
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Marcello is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4