Recently a friend invited me to have an authentic Italian meal in the Gulf Gate section of Sarasota. She warned me that the restaurant was small but charming and the food was “out of this world”. The name of the restaurant is Dolce Italia and it is indeed a bit of sweet Italy.
As we entered the restaurant my friend was greeted by an old friend and we were invited to share his table. Soon the proprietors, Tiziana and Pippo (Felipe) came and joined us and while much was said in Italian I found that my background in Spanish helped considerably.
Tiziana and Pippo are from an Italian island. After raising their 4 children, they left to the United States to make a better life for themselves and eventually their adult children. They have sunk everything into their little restaurant – heart, soul, and money. Everything they serve is fresh and authentic – pasta from Naples, etc.
Tiziana and Pippo proceeded to serve us authentic Italian food that was heavenly! There was so much that I had to take half home to the family.
The Super Pippo Panini is incredible – mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes and mayo all nestled between two pieces of delicious Italian rolls. The desserts were difficult to choose from so we shared a couple and had fragrant and non-bitter Italian espresso.
It wasn’t long before I brought the family there for dinner. I had the most delicious spaghetti Putanesca I’ve ever had!
I highly encourage you to visit this lovely couple and help them achieve the American Dream. You will be glad you did! They are located on 6606 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34231. It’s right off Gulf Gate and Tamiami. Their number is 941-921-7007. Tell them Shawn sent you!