We had reservations on a Friday night (during the Sarasota Film Festival) and got right in, right on time. Our waiter, Alex, was very attentive and well-rehearsed on the menu items. When listing the specials, like other reviews I've read, the price is never quoted, and of course, you don't ask because you don't want others in your party to think you are cheap. Not everyone walks in the door with a blank check for dinner - they should be aware of that. Even the super rich want to know the price of things!
Having said that, the wine my husband and I enjoyed was very good, I savored every sip! The food was great, we both had the 3 courses for $20. I had caprese, pepperdelle, and cannoli. The homemade noodles were delicious and the mushrooms were very good, but there was enough for a family of four. Had we not been going to the theater afterward, I would have taken a to-go box home. So most of it was left uneaten. My husband (cannot eat wheat gluten) had caprese, salmon & sorbet. His salmon, (because there is gluten in the orange sauce they serve with it-they served it plain) was dry and overcooked. It would have been nice if the chef thought to offer a simple alternative sauce, but left it dry and unappetizing looking. The others at our table seemed very pleased with their meals.
We were seated in a section to the right and around the corner from the door. The temperature in that room very soon became very hot, the ceiling fans were not on, don't know about the AC. I went to the restroom and the difference in the temperature change was like walking into a freezer. We did ask Alex to turn on the AC in our room and if they did, it wasn't noticed. We were still all warm by the end of our meal.
Because there are so many other restaurants in the Sarasota area, we will not be back to Salute this year. We'll probably try it again to see if they improve a bit.
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