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“Real Deal Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dolce Italia

Dolce Italia
Ranked #6 of 1,029 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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
Cary, North Carolina
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Real Deal Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is fantastic stuff. Real Italian food cooked and served with obvious care and love. Fantastic fresh pastas.

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Mansfield Center, Connecticut
2 reviews
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Went to this restaurant because of its great reviews here on tripadvisor and it did not disappoint. This was true authentic Italian food. It was fresh and hand made. The service was excellent and the servers answered any questions about the menu we had and also made great suggestions. I would eat here every day if I could. I will absolutely return during my next trip to Sarasota.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Em P
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Sedgefield, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
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“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Went to this restaurant because of the rave reviews. We thought that we must have gone to the wrong place. Truly just average food and service and overpriced for small portions with cheapest bottle of wine 27 dollars.

Better going to one of the chains

  • Visited October 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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24 reviews
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“Neapolitan Style Pizza”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We were fortunate enough to eat at Dolce Italia one evening when the owner featured homemade Neapolitan pizza as a special appetizer. Crisp dough with fresh toppings. We followed that with two specials listed on the board that were equally delicious. Small restaurant so we would recommend making reservations. A different taste was white cannelloni beans cooked with sausage, spices and light sauce.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Peterandmarie304
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sarasota FL
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22 reviews
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“Hate to tell...crowds will come....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

How did I miss in my own hometown this little place that could do Italian like no one else??
Maybe because it's just a small sliver of a shopping center in Gulf Gate area or I don't know the right people. It's all everyone here has said over and over. Reminds me of going to school in the 60's when every street in Florence had one of those family places with a short menu, great food, reasonable prices and the family lived in an apt. behind the kitchen. Their children would do their homework at a nearby table....Well Florence certainly has changed and the Italian families are coming to the US with their restaurants. Lucky us!

  • Visited August 2012
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