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“Never again - save your $$$”
Review of Il Tesoro

Il Tesoro
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: San-Cap Road
Description: IL Tesoro Ristorante, the restaurant name which means ,"the Treasure" in Italian, features authentic Italian cuisine with a modern sophisticated touch using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a festive experience in a Bistro-style setting, with hundreds of Italian wines and dozens of original oil paintings decorating the walls. Open kitchen flair is added enjoyment of the evening as you can watch your dinner being carefully prepared. Our menu is the total creation of Chef/Owner, AJ Black, where his motto reigns supreme, “Fresh Ingredients, simplicity, love are the recipe for a treasured dining experience."
Reviewed November 24, 2013

The food was good, but the way we were treated was inexcusable. We were not welcomed by the hostess or our waiter, Tony. (Never a smile.) We thought he must really hate his job. He never told us his name or asked us if we wanted anything to drink or any appetizers. He just took our dinner order. We had to call him back to the table to order salads since we forgot (and he did not ask us) to order them. There was plenty more to complain about, but I think you get the idea. There are many restaurants from which to choose on Sanibel. One would think they would treat their customers better. We aren't tourists either - although we were treated like them. This crew would never survive at the New York location.

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4  Thank Joanne P
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iltesoro, General Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2016

We are very sorry for your bad expirience and we would like to see you back and give us a chance to show you our improvement. Menagment and crew has been changed from the scratch. Chef Aj and new Crew working very hard and prices has been adjusted. Please come back and give Il Tesoro another chance. Many Thanks

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

As you open the door to Il Tesoro the wonderful smell envelopes your senses. ...beautiful presentation of food, excellent service, and relaxed atmosphere make this a special place. One of the best meals I have ever had on Sanibel Island started with a lobster tempura over a spinach bed that was perfectly prepared. My entree was veal gorgonzola with a brown mushroom sauce that was tender and flavorful. For dessert I decided on vanilla ice cream with a hot expresso shot poured over the top...a perfect ending for this wonderful meal. Two things make this a special place to dine - excellent over the top service and freshly prepared food presented most beautifully. A bit pricey but definitely worth the experience!

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1  Thank PattyandKenny
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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2013

Thank you so very much for coming and enjoying our restaurant and we look forward to having you come back again and again to experience more of our always evolving menu with keeping our classic loved specialties for you to come back for as well, and every night we strive as a team to do our very best in food and service.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We have been in Sanibel for a month and tried many places. This place is one of the best on the island and definitely worth a try. Some picky reviews seem to lower the enthusiasm for the place. We found the service to be excellent, a bit on the expensive side, but worth the experience. We had the mushroom ravioli and vegetarian risotto. Both were very good. The desert was one of the best we have ever had. Ever!!!. Don't miss this if you here. Lemoncello custard/sorbet.

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1  Thank David K
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We dined last Saturday and it was a great experience & they didn't steal our bread like others mentioned either! We also were able to order an appetizer & diner separately although I do understand how ordering at one time would help insure your entree is served in a timely manner after receiving the appetizer. It's a small kitchen and all the items on one ticket allows the chef the opportunity to time your meal.
Our entire meal from the appetizer to the entree and dessert, were fresh and full of flavor and the wait staff was outstanding. We experienced nothing negative and the portions were perfect, unless your the kind that expects to eat for 3 days with a doggie bag.
Prior to leaving we had a chance to talk to the owner and were impressed with her dedication to make everyone's experience at Il Tesoro one of the best ones you'll have on the Island, or off! Thank you for a great meal and a pleasant experience.
No clue why others have been so critical and nit picky, perhaps they aren't used to finer dining.

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4  Thank Steve S
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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2016

Thank you so much for taking time for positive review and its apriciated. Please come back soon and give as a many chance to give you more enjoyable expirience.
Many Thanks

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

We were very disappointed in dinner last night. Service was very slow and not very good. Wine selection for this type of restaurant was not very good. Food was ok, bu over priced. Not worth the trip out there from that mainland. We will not go back.

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