Let me just say for the record I was really looking forward to eating in this non-chain Italian restaurant, but ended up disappointed. I will say that ambiance was very nice, but that's about all it had going for it.
Unfortunately for us, unlike many of the other reviewers here we did not have a great experience with this restaurant. First off, the service was less than desirable. I'm not sure if we got this server on her very first day, but she knew close to nothing when it came to asking questions about the menu. Every question was followed with "I don't know, let me go ask". This was a considerate response instead of just making something up or not bothering to ask, but every time she left it seemed forever before she returned again. There were a couple of problems with our order, for example I ordered the Penne Gorgonzola that came with chicken. I asked if it was possible to get this meal without the meat, and if not please let me know so that I may order something else. She said yes it was fine, but then my dinner came out with chicken anyway. The food took forever to be served, and none of us were very impressed. The bill seemed way too high for what we got, so we questioned. The server got very impatient with me and told me "I don't know what you are upset about, it's not like I charged you for the chicken". Um excuse me, but you better not have charged me for that chicken! I just thought this response was so rude and really set me over the edge after I had been sitting in that place for close to 3 hours because it took so long, every single step of the way.
I will not be returning to this eatery, and I certainly would not recommend to anyone who asks me about it. The first impression was poor enough that I am not willing to give it a second shot. There are plenty of other choices in Sarasota!
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