We were looking for a great pasta house...unpretentious, tasty and friendly. After reading the reviews about Briandi's we had hoped we found it. NOT! The place is small and service was fine. However, our first hint should have been when the water glass appeared with a straw. Things went downhill from there. Wine list is ALL carafes except one bottle of Chianti. The "IMPORTED"," EXCEPTIONAL" list had Canyon Road and Barefoot Cellars, hardly exceptional OR imported and only by carafe. Salads arrived with dressing in plastic cups. Accompanying hot bread was the highlight of the meal! Servings arrived and are HUGE, but sauce is pretty tasteless and pasta overcooked and mushy. No desserts were tried. Bill had one small overcharge that was corrected....but why the overcharge? Overall, a big disappointment. With all the Italian places in the Venice/ Sarasota area, we will certainly never go back.
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