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Puccini's Cucino Amore

2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
+1 941-923-7002
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good15%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our third dinner at Puccini’s when visiting our friends in Sarasota over the last 2 years. It was top on our list when asked where we wanted to eat. Again, we were not disappointed. The four of us had different entrees and appetizers...More

Thank Keepingbusynow
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very first impression was "why is this place sooooo dark? Could use a lighter weigh drape on the front windows to allow people to get some light from outside. Felt like I was in a cave! Dropped my napkin on the floor and when I...More

3  Thank jmm0220
Melanie P, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our restaurant is intimate and romantic...hence the mood lighting with the candles. I am constantly replacing napkins that have fallen off customer's laps. You should have asked for another one. We mop our floors every night immediately before our first customers arrive. So our floors...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With each dish made from scratch, and made to order, Puccini's is more like dining at someone's home than a restaurant experience. Service is attentive and well informed about the myriad of specials that await each night. Fresh local fish shines, but so do the...More

Thank Stephanie B
Melanie P, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Stephanie! We appreciate you 😍

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We are a young couple and have been in Sarasota for a couple years. We enjoy going out and have eaten almost all of the top restaurants in this county. My wife and I agree this is the best restaurant we have come across. The...More

1  Thank cva08
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Tiny place but large in taste. Fresh food prepared in front of everyone. Nice menu but try the daily specials. Let the chef do the rest. Fine Italian food. You have to look hard to find the restaurant but it is worth the hunt. This...More

Thank retirededward
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Having read reviews, some less complimentary about the experience, we just had to find out for ourselves. We were not at all disappointed, indeed it was an awesome experience. What lies behind the curtained frontage is a culinary delight. Staff were very welcoming and our...More

Thank GrahamF311
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I really don't even want to right this review! It's the best kept secret in Sarasota, and I'd like to keep it like that. But twist my arm, and I will confess. Puccini's is AWESOME! Located surreptitiously in a not-so-good-looking strip mall, Puccini's welcomes you...More

1  Thank janconover
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Friends of ours invited us to try Puccini's last night, 8/12/17. It was a first for all four of us, but had been highly recommended to them. We loved the atmosphere, very intimate and warm. As we were the first guests to arrive, we were...More

1  Thank Jersey G
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Hidden in the corner of a plaza (hard to find even if you're in front of it), it has the simple unpretentious charm of many small restaurants in Italy. We went with our son's family (5 of us) and since we made last minute reservation,...More

1  Thank yefims2015
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This is probably our favorite place to dine. If you want a really delicious meal and see the chef prepare it all, this is the place. Make sure you make a reservation, check out the nightly specials, BYOB, and enjoy. The servers are great and...More

Thank Karen C
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24 June 2017|
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Response from partyplanner1972 | Reviewed this property |
It may be too late for me to answer your question as I am just seeing it. But I am not certain what you are asking
Paul D
1 March 2017|
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Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
Cash or Check
Ed B
8 December 2016|
Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
We don't have pastas has entrees. We have some pasta as an appetizer occasionally-we are mainly a protein house. Thank you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$40 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-923-7002
  • E-mail
Puccini's is an intimate and magical dining experience. Request a chef table and sit and watch Chef Richard perform and prepare your meal right in his kitchen. Puccini's is a BYOB restaurant with no corkage fee. Cash or check only please. Reservations only.
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