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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 yesterday via mobile

If you didn't know it was there, you would not find it. Small hole-in-the wall hidden in a strip mall. Single chef, sous chef, etc. Two servers/do everything else. Opens "six-ish" whenever the chef decides. Cooks in the open. Don't order from the menu. Get...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with friends who've been going there since opening. The chef - as in one - is a culinary master. He singlehandedly whips up the most amazing delicacies for a small dining area. But don't fret, the atmosphere is reminiscent of places we visited...More

Thank joanerism1
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Everything about this place was amazing - food, service and atmosphere. If you're looking for a great place for a date night and the most amazing food in Sarasota, this is the place to go!

Thank caitlyn z
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Do not miss this gem. The best food in Sarasota. The restaurant is intimate and it's all about the food!! I have never had a bad meal. Do yourself a favor and eat here! Make sure to call in advance because it's reservation only!

Thank Chad O
Reviewed 28 May 2017

This place is notorious for rude servers, crap service, and faking reviews. Don't be fooled and end up dining here. You'll be very disappointed!

Thank Jesse G
Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thank you for your fake review 😃

Reviewed 18 May 2017

Looks like a hole in the wall from the outside with little signage. But once you get inside, the food and service are impeccable. The chef/owner prepares a different menu daily based on the reservations. You must make a reservation; they don't take walkins. You...More

Thank 11chip
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Rich, you still rock and your food is awesome. Thank you Pam for your excellent service. We will be back. Ruth and Jack

1  Thank lwr05
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We have dined at Puccini's on many occassions and it greatly depends on where you sit. If you are able to secure a table in the kitchen area you are in for a lovely evening. If you however are in the main room without a...More

1  Thank Melvin P
Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Yes there was a mixup with the seating last night. Our staff scrambled to find you a table last night. They were so worried they wouldn't have one for you and they were completely happy they could make it work for you. Our restaurant is...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We ate delicious rustic salad big enough for two, scallops and veal. Service was excellent, food delicious and fairly priced given the byob and no corkage fee. The 6 o'clock crowd was a few minutes late letting go of tables but we were seated by...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Good but Grossly overpriced Appetizers that included 4 shrimp at $14 No credit cards Last visit hereMore

Thank vince3111
Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Our pricing reflects our allowance of you bringing your own wine. Which is a great savings! Our shrimp are plentiful and large. And let's not forget the $14 COMPLIMENTARY bruschetta appetizer we always give. Our restaurant is not for everyone we know. Thank you for...More

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24 June 2017|
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Response from bearboat | Reviewed this property |
Nope. No issues
Paul D
2 March 2017|
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Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
Cash or Check
Ed B
9 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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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