FRESH NOODLESWe headed out on the trail of spaghetti and found our way down Meatball Lane (Superior Drive in the Gulf Gate area in Sarasota, Florida) to Dolce Italia. The food here is bellissimo! With so many Italian restaurants in the Sarasota metro area it can be a bit disheartening to navigate around mediocre canned and corporate owned Italian chain restaurants. Perhaps the only way to find an authentic home style Italian restaurant in the Sarasota area is to ask a wandering genie for a pazzo wish.
What a surprise at Dolce Italia! I checked out the reviews on TripAdvisor before we calibrated our compass to Noodle North and headed out for the evening. I noticed that Dolce Italia's current status is #1 in Sarasota. However, sometimes one-hundred fifty excellent reviews CAN be misguiding due to varying traveler's tastes so I kept my expectations realistic. We made reservations at 6pm for three. Reservations were recommended due to limited seating.
Dolce Italia Sarasota, Florida
Upon arriving we were seated at a candlelit corner table by the window. Bright blue curtains mask a view of a parking lot but that is not an issue as the real scene here is the food. The dining area is comfortable with a warm sunset orange color scheme and subdued lighting. The owners, Tiziana & Pippo hail from Ischia, a volcanic island in the northern gulf of Naples, Italy. They seek to obtain many ingredients directly from Italy, when possible, to invoke an authentic Italian experience. The freshness of the produce and the pairing of the simple ingredients makes a world of difference. The owners also create made to order entrees in the kitchen and the small staff in the front of the house are gracious and efficient. The vibe is casual and not pretentious so you can easily dine here after a visit to the nearby beach (Siesta Key).
DOLCE ITALIA DISHES
Italian Street Food Pizza
Lamb With Homemade Pasta
Homemade Pasta With Mushrooms
Spagetti With Meatballs
Eggplant With Homemade Pasta
Special Of The Day
Stuffed Pepper With Meat
BRING FORTH THE PIATTO DEL GIORNO
The regular menu is short with reasonable prices offering some standard Italian favorites including lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and gnocchi. What is different is the taste. Delizioso! The exciting part is that house specials change daily with rotating appetizers, house-made fresh pasta entrees and dessert options. I ordered the eggplant, tomato sauce, garlic and fresh pasta entree from the special's board. The dish may sound simple but it was rich with sauteed garlic and eggplant flavor adorned with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Finally an entree that is so delicious that I need to come back to experience it again. John had an entree with tomato sauce, cream, mushrooms and garlic on unique handmade triangular shaped pasta close in size to a larger version of penne pasta. John's exclaimed after a few bites, "This is the best Italian in Sarasota." John's mother had the baked lasagna and mentioned, "This is the best lasagna I have ever tasted." Happy diners! 🙂
Dolce Italia's Homemade Tiramisu
A SPRINKLE OF TIRAMISU
For dessert we each opted to try the housemade tiramisu with a cappuccino. Magnifico!
Dolce Italia's Cappuccino
The evening was all about the four seasons of flavor, "Oh What a night..."
Location and Information
Dolce Italia website
Price range: $10-$15
6606 Superior Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941-921-7007 (reservations)
Hours: Mon - Sat. 5-9PM