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“It Truly is #1”
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, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Tampa, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“It Truly is #1”
Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Since it was #1 on TripAdvisor and reasonably priced we decided to give it go. First, get reservations; three groups were turned away while we were there. The food was terrific, our waiter, Alex was a scream. His recommendations, especially for wine, were excellent. It was a real pleasure talking to the chef who came out of the kitchen three times while we were there. It is very cozy with only 8 tables, in fact, get there on time, because there are only 8 tables, someone like us can get left waiting at the door if you come late and a table is not open. The specials of the day are quite good. For dessert the chocolate souffle was to die for! I'd say bon appetit but it is Italian. :-)

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sarasota
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Bad seat”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Went there once and was given a seat by the door. Every time the door opened There was the noise of a bell that they use to tell if someone is entering. The food was ALMOST worth it but, not quite.

  • Visited January 2012
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Hudson, Florida
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“Great food!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Food was home made and delicious. It is a small Mom & Pop restaurant, and very friendly. Service was wonderful, and the chef explained the specials. A little pricey, but most definately worth it. Looking forward to returning on our next trip to Sarasota.

Visited December 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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37 reviews
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“Another great meal!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Our second meal at Dolce Italia. Excellent! Our table companions had the lamb shank, sea bass, risotto and house special pasta. Everyone was very happy. The sea bass was big and perfect for someone looking for lighter fare. The risotto for this evening included mushrooms and sausage and was done perfectly. Definitely try dessert. None of us are big tiramisu fans, but it's a must try here.

Suggestions: Reservations are a must! Especially on the weekends. This restaurant has only about 12 tables and walk-ins are routinely turned away. Also, don't be surprised if certain things on the menu are sold out. It's a small kitchen. But there are so many specials every day it doesn't matter and you will certainly find something you like.

  • Visited December 2012
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“A welcome relief on Siesta Key”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Used Trip Advisor to find an Italian restaurant worth visiting on Siesta Key and was not disappointed. As many said, it is a small dinner restaurant, and on a busy vacation week was only seating reservations. The decor is not fancy (no white tablecloths), and it is not inexpensive. The food was well prepared and everyone in our party enjoyed their entree. The homemade pizza appetizer was delicious and easy to share. We would return.

  • Visited December 2012
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