With its modern but classic Italian cuisine and emphasis on artisanal and contemporary Northern Italian style, Mediterraneo is often credited with ... More
Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano
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.
so rude our party got up and left. 90 minutes without bringing food and then the owner/manager argued as if it was our fault for having reasonable expectations. When the stale bread was the only food we saw we finally had had enough.
I am Italian and am always a little scared to go to Italian restaurants because very few have the modern italian cuisine (the thick tomato sauce and meatballs is NOT what you find in Italy today). I found this place new years eve and my parents (who live in Italy) decided to give it a try....what a surprise! The food is amazing and the pizza is AUTHENTIC ITALIAN PIZZA! We couldn't believe it. We spoke to the owners who are from Italy and travel back to Italy twice a year. Taste is almost the exact same of what you would get in a small trattoria in Rome....I promise you!! Such a pleasant surprise to find true Italians with real Italian food! I recommend this to anyone! The foccaccia was a great antipasto, and their fish dishes are exceptional...especially the ones with pasta! Pasta is AL DENTE! Lets not forget the creme bruleé (spelling?) it was DIVINE! Hope this helps everyone!
I miss living in Sarasota for many appealing reasons. I miss Mediterraneo as well tremendously as well. I've never eaten at a restaurant where they treat me like family so well! It is very rememorable and incredible at the same time. One of my best friends to date used to be employed there! That says a lot alone! I will never visit SRQ without eating at Mediterraneo! Customer service here exceeds that of the Ritz Carlton!!! The food has always been great, fresh, delicious, on time and delivered with class! I hope this restaurant outlast time itself!
i grew up in this restaurant and i can say it has some of the nicest people. the food is really good. the deserts are hand made and wonderful. its pretty fancy, grate for those special occasions. and as far as famous people, iv met ac/dc there.
This place is swanky...but the food is delish, and you never know who you might see here (I've seen Jerry Springer here several times, not that that excites anyone). The staff is awesome and super friendly/effecient. It's a great place for a romantic dinner...I totally reccommend it.