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“Great food!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Primo! Ristorante

Primo! Ristorante
Ranked #159 of 1,026 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
“Great food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

We visited Primo's this evening and I have to disagree with some of the poor reviews. We used our Groupon tonight, the only items we could not order with the Groupon was lobster.and the specials.(Their specials were half price from 4-6 daily).They just added what we ordered (including drinks) and subtracted $40.00. The atmosphere was very quiet, service was quick and our meals were excellent. The restaurant has been in that location for years. Sure, it could use some updating, but I feel the food outweighs any negatives.. We will return.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Bradenton, Florida
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Bad service and soggy, luke-warm pizza”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

After ordering refills of our drinks from our waiter, he disappeared for about 20+ minutes. Didn't see him at all. Not sure if he was on smoke break or what. He finally brought out our pizza but it was obvious it had been done and sitting in the kitchen for awhile. It was luke-warm and the crust was already soggy. I sent it back. And, he still hadn't brought our drink refills.

While we were waiting for the pizza to be re-heated, a roach crawled by on the brick wall next to our table.

We won't be returning.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AngelaAngelaUlmer
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Bradenton, Florida
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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Not too impressed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Started by going to the bathroom to wash up. You could tell it was an older establishment. The bread was good and fresh. And that's where the good ended. The salad was plain, just lettuce a couple cherry tomatoes. I had eggplant parm that wasn't breaded/fried to my disappointment (that's not how you make it). I've had better sauce out of a jar. And they just plopped cheese on the top. I've lived in this area for 43 years and have never been here. Now I know why I won't be back. Oh, my friend had the special, lobster with spaghetti. It was over cooked. Service was ok but nobody was cheery-that's not a fun dining experience.

Visited October 2013
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Ocala, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beware of Groupon - very disappointing!!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Vacationing for a few days on Anna Maria Island, I saw the the Groupon for Primo and thought I would try this restaurant. Known for their brick oven pizza, we placed our order for 2 large pizzas and an antipasto salad. We presented our Groupon with our order and the waiter informed us that the Groupon did not include large pizzas. This was extremely misleading, since the Groupon clearly stated that it did not include the early bird special as well as the lobster special, but never mentioned large pizzas. Ironically, the waiter informed us that we could use the Groupon for personal pizzas, which makes no sense at all. Needless to say, we did order the personal pizzas and found them quite disappointing. Not only was the dough mushy and undercooked, but the sauce was tasteless. Overall sub-par for real Italian pizza.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ocalagal1
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Maurizio C, Owner at Primo! Ristorante, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
I am very sorry for the miss understand, unfortunately the service person was not properly trained for the "Groupon Coupon" limitations...We look forward to see you again and correct the issue in the proper manners.
At Primo! the Pizza is cook in the Wood Burning Oven with all natural ingredients, the authentic Neapolitan way, No Tomatoes paste and at 850F.and is impossible to have a crispy PIE.
Again I apologize for not met your standards, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY NOT OUR INTENTION,thank god we are not perfect.

ARRIVEDERCI!
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Sarasota, Florida
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful Italian food, great prices!,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

Over the past 10 years, we have been here often with friends and family. You can always depend on delicious food, superb service and very fair prices. The old world decor is very homey, friendly and welcoming. The early bird specials can't be beat and are especially appreciated by us seniors! The brick oven fired individual pizzas are huge and delicious. We've never had a bad meal and that's hard to say about any restaurant.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cheryl J
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