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“"Vero Italiano;" An Authentic Italian Gem!”
Review of Dolce Italia

Dolce Italia
Ranked #7 of 1,038 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: 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
Louisville, Kentucky
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“"Vero Italiano;" An Authentic Italian Gem!”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Dolce Italia is a small, family-run Italian place right out of the foothills of Tuscany! If you are looking for glitz, fancy appointments or ocean views this is not the place for you, but if you want real Italian cuisine with authentic Italian recipes served by Italian speaking staff, you will find nothing better in Sarasota! Although the regular menu is limited in choices to those most American eaters will recognize, the specials are authentic Italian specialties; I had the Brasciola with Pappardele pasta, while my wife had the Gnocchi. Both were delicious, with excellent pasta and authentic--not canned--tomato sauce. The choice of Italian wines to accompany the meal offered a wide variety of Italian varietals and prices; we chose a Tuscan Morellino, which was a perfect match for the pasta dishes. The owner, Fillipo, is gracious and willing to please, allowing us to eat after the usual 9pm closing time due to the small number of tables and large crowd on a Monday evening. This is the kind of place I would love to have in my home town (Louisville,KY) that I could frequent on a weekly basis. Grazie, Fillipo, ci vediamo!

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“Authentic!!! Wonderful food!!”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

Service is wonderful and the food is amazing! The staff are first generation Italian and brought their recipes here much to my delight! It is definitely worth the trip but seating is limited so call ahead! Enjoy!!

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Erie, PA
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“Authentic dinner”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

We had the fish special and the chicken picata. Both were very good, but the fish special was especially nice. Service was good, very reminiscent of Italian restaurants we went to while in northern Italy last year. Terimsu? was fabulous.

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Ontario
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“Excellent home made Italian food. Very authentic!”
Reviewed March 7, 2012

My husband is Italian and we have not had Italian food in north america as authentic and good as dolce Italia! Our meal was excellent and the service very friendly and personable. You can't go wrong at dolce Italia.

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Dayton, Ohio
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed March 3, 2012

Almost don't want to write a review so nobody knows. This is truly a tiny Italian family-run restaurant real deal. Delicious food. They keep the menu rather small so the quality stays the same, but they are very accomodating to cook to order. I love the specials, the wines are reasonably priced

  • Visited February 2012
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