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“All Four of Us Were Happy With Our Meals”
Review of Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo
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Ranked #65 of 1,153 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: N. Washington Blvd
Description: With its modern but classic Italian cuisine and emphasis on artisanal and contemporary Northern Italian style, Mediterraneo is often credited with being the first restaurant to bring authentic contemporary Italian cuisine to Sarasota when it first opened in 1996. Still under the same ownership, Mediterraneo has consistently been rated one of the top restaurants in Zagat. The restaurant has received numerous accolades including the acclaimed Insegna Del Ristorante Italiano awarded by The Minister of Agriculture & Commerce in Rome. With its highest honor, inducting the restaurant into its Accademia Italiana della Cucina "Fine Dining Hall of Fame." Mediterraneo has been rated as Best of the Best in Sarasota Magazine since the first year of opening. So whether you're celebrating a special occasion or grabbing a quick bite to eat, at Mediterraneo you are always assured the best quality food accompanied by excellent service. All of it thoroughly Italian.
Reviewed 27 May 2015

We had friends down from Tampa and went to a stand-up comedy show at McCurdy's the Sunday night before Memorial Day. While they serve food at the club, we opted for something better within walking distance which was still serving at 9pm. Mediterraneo fit the bill.

Mediterraneo has a good variety of affordably priced Italian dishes. Normally, I would order one of the pasta or meat entrees but instead I opted for a pizza from their wood burning oven. It was big enough that I couldn't finish it and had to take some home for a late night snack. It had a delightful thin crust which I like and was topped with tomato sauce, cheese and sausage chunks.

My friend had Costoletta di vitello alla Parmigiana which is bone in veal chop which he liked a lot and also couldn't finish. The two wives each had a delightful pasta dish. We had no room for dessert and headed home for some later.

This Italian really hit the spot. Don't get me wrong about the portions - they're just right. It's not one of these belt buster type places. We were satisfied and didn't find the need to gorge ourselves.

The interior is elegant but casual feeling enough not to come across as stuffy.

We'd consider it one of the best Italian restaurants in downtown Sarasota.

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Thank Tony S
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Reviewed 22 May 2015

the tables are very close togetherand the waiters rush by you and bump your table and I find it the attitude is not that you are the customer but you're lucky to come to the restaurant and the funny part is it's only average but the prices are above the quality probably will not go back there again as I've been there a few times and the popcorn is better cross the street at the movie theater then the food

Thank Taz S
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Reviewed 21 May 2015

We went here because we wanted a wood fired oven pizza and were not disappointed they were good. The taste of all we had was exceptional. The place is stylish and the service top notch. We could not fault it.

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Thank Clipps11
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Reviewed 18 May 2015

Beautiful restaurant, we were directed to our table and were met promptly with our Server. There was a nice selection of specials, appetizer as well as entree. We were given a plate of bruschetta which was very good!The minestrone soup was a disappointment. It was a clear broth with a few veggies in it, no beans, pasta, nor seasonings. Quite bland. The entrees were beautifully plated. The entrees were average, again not seasoned. The angel hair pasta was a bit starchy tasting as though it hadn't been rinsed. The desserts were again average. It's doubtful we'll go back.

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Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 18 May 2015

I really love going here after a movie (across the street) for a couple of glasses of wine and a pizza. The staff is very friendly. I recommend this place

Thank JLS123
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