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“Disappointed”

Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant
Ranked #342 of 1,071 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: We are a 3rd generation family run establishment. Our cuisine is northern italian & some southern also. Our popular menu entrees features homemade pastas, fresh seafood, tender veal dishes and homemade desserts.
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We made reservations to have my husband's birthday dinner here. We were not overly impressed. The service was just ok and the food was nothing to rave about. It was expensive and not at all what were expecting. They do not offer a children's menu so if you have kids you might want to split a meal since the cheapest dish was $14.95.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Intimate little restaurant in the Meadows that the locals know about. Friendly service and wonderful traditional American Italian food. Soup of the day had a rich broth base, the Shrimps Mona Lisa were in a carefully blended light fresh Tomato sauce with a hint of garlic; the Pasta Al Pesto was wonderfully rich with lots of basil and pine nuts on pasta of my choosing, namaely Angel Hair (Capellini) foand they make a delicious espresso which I pourred over my wonderful Chocolate ice cream to make an Affogatto dessert. This is my go to dessert if they don't offer a Panna Cotta dessert. Great value and wonderful fresh flavours all with homemade tastes.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

What a wonderful experience we had at this restaurant. The meals were delicious, everything home-made. The owner, Marissa, was our waitress and she made us feel like we were part of her family. From the home-made bread, to the delicious entrees and desserts, everything was A+. What a refreshing experience we had, and we would HIGHLY suggest this restaurant if you want to eat genuine Italian food.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Mona Lisa is the best restaurant that I have eaten at in Florida since I moved here 6 years ago from NY. The Eggplant Rollatini appetizer is great & is a meal in itself. The bread is homemade. The garlic bread is not your typical garlic bread and must be tried. The Bolognese sauce is incredible. The Veal Parmigiana is thin & tender, topped with a delicious homemade marinara sauce. The dining experience from service, food & atmosphere is unbeatable. The new owners, Marissa & Don treat you like family & have brought Little Italy,NYC to Sarasota. This place is the real deal. If you want authentic & fantastic Italian food, the Mona Lisa is the place to go. Bring your appetite as the portions are generous. You will definately leave with a big satisified smile.

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1  Thank Lorri R
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

No more Luigi.......Greeted by woman in shorts and tee shirt and seated...given menus...prices increased by $2 or $3......before ordering told waitress separate checks, dining with another couple not overly pleased but assumed no problem....she was a bit

brusque..."food as usual very good...retained same chef...at end of meal presented check...all on one bill....reminded her that we ordered differently and could she separate it out......reply...well why cannot you just divide it....awkward situation.......
For us no longer warm...just another Italian restaurant with good food

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2  Thank Mere75
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