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“A special little place!”
Review of Dolce Italia

Dolce Italia
Ranked #7 of 1,031 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: A warm welcome to Dolce Italia, celebrating our fourth anniversary. Four years ago we opened with the dream of creating a little gathering place to enjoy good food and good company. You have helped us realize our dream, and we wish to thank you by providing our very best hospitality, ambiance and flavor. We came here from Ischia, Italy to share our passion for creating wholesome Italian Cuisine from our own family traditions. In return, you made us feel like a part of a big happy family here, so we don't miss our Ischia so much. My father created the sculpture of the enchanted Castle Aragonese on our wall to remind us of the beautiful place we were born and raised. Over the last four years, our dreams have come true. We remember each of our customers with fondness, we enjoy every evening that you spend with us, and we feel very lucky to have such a wonderful family of patrons. "La Nostra Casa e la Vostra Casa" (Our Home is your Home) Tiziana & Filippo & Dolce Italia Family
Louisville, KY
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“A special little place!”
Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

This is our second time dining here. What an awesome experience and terrific Italian restaurant. If you want authentic Italian food, you must try Dolce Italia. It is definitely a special place where the owners, Filippo and Tiziana, take great pride if providing over the top service to their customers. The food is outstanding. We've had the Lasagna and Spaghetti and Meatballs and they are truly outstanding!

This is a must try. Enjoy!

Note, they will be moving to their new location at 655A Gateway Ave on 10/1/2014.

Visited September 2014
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“A true Italian experience”
Reviewed 2 September 2014

We travel to Sarasota several times a year but have never been to Dolce Italia. It is a small out of the way place with BIG atmosphere. The pasta is all home made and the service was very personal. The setting is intimate and good for adult conversation. All of our menu choices (sald, entree, dessert) were absolutely wonderful. Everything is home made and delicious. The owners are authentic Italians. Fabulous! Would definltly recommend!

  • Visited August 2014
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

We met a couple while traveling in Ireland this summer that recommended this restaurant to us. We decided to give it a try while visiting Sarasota. When we arrived at the restaurant we were a little apprehensive. It was in an old shopping plaza. We made reservations before going since there were 10 of us. I am glad we did. The place isn't very big. The owners greeted us and waited on us. They were from the Amalfi Coast of Italy...very Italian! They were wonderful hosts! The food was outstanding! I had a seafood pasta special dish. It was excellent. Even the children loved their food! They told us that they were moving to another location. Hopefully we will be able to find them the next time we visit. I will definitely be going back!

  • Visited July 2014
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ocala
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“Simply the best”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We visit Sarasota several times a year and we always dine at Dolce Italia when we are in town. This week we were able to dine there twice, and both times the meal was superb. The first night we had the pappardelle with sausage and linguine seafood. My wife asked for extra spice on the linguine and it was done to perfection. My pappardelle was homemade, the sauce delicate, and the sausage, sliced thin, was the perfect complement. Last night we had chicken cacciatore and grouper livornese, preceded by a pizza appetizer. The pizza was the best I have ever eaten. The entrees were equally good. The ingredients were highest quality, the sauces outstanding and the portions large. I can't wait to go back.

We peeked in the window of their new address on Gateway Drive (they move October 1) and the new quarters will add a beautiful ambience to the already incomparable Italian food.

  • Visited August 2014
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“Strip Mall Surprise”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Our car broke down in Sarasota, and we decided to look up a restaurant on Trip Advisor for dinner. This restaurant caught our eye and we went. The place was completely empty, and both owners were there with two servers to help out. There are magnificent specials that are not available on the menu, and we both chose fro that specials menu. The food was absolutely fantastic and we fell in love with the owners. They were so funny and welcoming. :-) Highly recommended, although be on the lookout as in October 2014 they will be moving to a new location.

  • Visited August 2014
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