Cantina Toscana

★★★★☆
27.3934 -82.4529
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941-359-2500

8203 Cooper Creek Blvd

Bradenton, FL

34201

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Mon - Thu, 11:30am - 9pm; Fri, Sat, 11:30am - 9:30pm; Sun, 5pm - 9pm

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We went here last night and won't go back again - being from Europe and have been to Italy many times there's nothing Italian about this place. Service was terrible and very very slow. The food was mediocre at best and very small portions, fish stew was like a can of Heinz soup with frozen prawns and 4 mussels (one of which wasn't open). My girlfriend??s food was way over salted. Steer clear of this place and save your money...seriously the Olive Garden is more Italian than this plastic decor dive.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here last night and won't go back again - being from Europe and have been to Italy many times there's nothing Italian about this place. Service was terrible and very very slow. The food was mediocre at best and very small portions, fish stew was like a can of Heinz soup with frozen prawns and 4 mussels (one of which wasn't open). My girlfriend??s food was way over salted. Steer clear of this place and save your money...seriously the Olive Garden is more Italian than this plastic decor dive.

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I live 5 minutes from Cantina and used to love the place. It seems they have gotten rather variable. I had the eggplant pizza last night and it was not cooked enough. It was soggy and the bottom of the crust was white and not nicely browned like pizza should be. Daughter had Pasta Bolognase and the sauce was terrible salty. I complained about the pizza and they tried to fix it but did not. Husband had spaghetti/meatballs and liked it a lot. I also find them a bit overpriced.

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★★★☆☆

I live 5 minutes from Cantina and used to love the place. It seems they have gotten rather variable. I had the eggplant pizza last night and it was not cooked enough. It was soggy and the bottom of the crust was white and not nicely browned like pizza should be. Daughter had Pasta Bolognase and the sauce was terrible salty. I complained about the pizza and they tried to fix it but did not. Husband had spaghetti/meatballs and liked it a lot. I also find them a bit overpriced.

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The first time I went to Cantina Toscana I had an excellent pear salad. This time I chose the Citrus salad which was terrible. Chicken was plain and dried out. No seasonings at all. Barely tasted the dressing - was there any? Even the bread in the basket - 4 slices, was stale!
On the other hand my hubby said his eggplant parm was fabulous! Guess you have to be lucky.

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★★☆☆☆

The first time I went to Cantina Toscana I had an excellent pear salad. This time I chose the Citrus salad which was terrible. Chicken was plain and dried out. No seasonings at all. Barely tasted the dressing - was there any? Even the bread in the basket - 4 slices, was stale!
On the other hand my hubby said his eggplant parm was fabulous! Guess you have to be lucky.

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I am italian traveling Florida for business purposes . I discovered Cantina Toscana by chance and I was nicely and warmly welcomed as I am used to in Italy .

Food is healthy , nicely prepared and well presented, is the real italian experience you could enjoy if travelling through Italy.

This is the only restaurant where all pastas are home made, like in an upscale restaurant in Italy . I dived into the strong Italian flavours and experienced a beautiful relaxed atmosphere like I am used to with my friends in Italy !

5
★★★★★

I am italian traveling Florida for business purposes . I discovered Cantina Toscana by chance and I was nicely and warmly welcomed as I am used to in Italy .

Food is healthy , nicely prepared and well presented, is the real italian experience you could enjoy if travelling through Italy.

This is the only restaurant where all pastas are home made, like in an upscale restaurant in Italy . I dived into the strong Italian flavours and experienced a beautiful relaxed atmosphere like I am used to with my friends in Italy !

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I too have recently returned from Tuscany and have traveled extensively in Italy dining at only the finest,most expensive and best restaurants.
Actually I have never left Florida, but I have had pizza delivered from Pizza Hut once. I can attest to the fact that CT is much better.

5
★★★★★

I too have recently returned from Tuscany and have traveled extensively in Italy dining at only the finest,most expensive and best restaurants.
Actually I have never left Florida, but I have had pizza delivered from Pizza Hut once. I can attest to the fact that CT is much better.

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My wife and I first experienced thier $10.00 lunch....not expecting much for $10, we were supprised not only at the portions, but at the flavor of the food.

Dinner the next week was just as nice. Wine is not expensive, but the owner has selected a good variety...Wine at $39 per bottle is just as good as some of the wines we buy at $60+. Dinner experience was outstanding, not only the service, but once again the food.

Get there soon before you have to wait in line. I think this place will be busy.

4
★★★★☆

My wife and I first experienced thier $10.00 lunch....not expecting much for $10, we were supprised not only at the portions, but at the flavor of the food.

Dinner the next week was just as nice. Wine is not expensive, but the owner has selected a good variety...Wine at $39 per bottle is just as good as some of the wines we buy at $60+. Dinner experience was outstanding, not only the service, but once again the food.

Get there soon before you have to wait in line. I think this place will be busy.

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I believe the person who gave the restaurant a 2 star really has no idea what he is talking about. We are European and, in the 4 years we have been in the US (Italian being the primary food we eat), there has been no proper Italian food other than here.
The portions are regular sized. If you want portions for over-eating obese individuals, as is so often the case here - go elsewhere. If you want quantity over quality - go elsewhere.
The chefs are Italian and properly trained. The beer (not your usual Peroni) is light and great tasting. The staff are knowledgeable and attentive, very friendly and outgoing. The slivers of Italian bread with tomato paste that they bring out as complimentary tasters are exactly as they should be. The wine selection, though small, was very good. Go here if you want real food and a great atmosphere. If you are looking for generic, packaged, chain-food - this isn't the place for you.

5
★★★★★

I believe the person who gave the restaurant a 2 star really has no idea what he is talking about. We are European and, in the 4 years we have been in the US (Italian being the primary food we eat), there has been no proper Italian food other than here.
The portions are regular sized. If you want portions for over-eating obese individuals, as is so often the case here - go elsewhere. If you want quantity over quality - go elsewhere.
The chefs are Italian and properly trained. The beer (not your usual Peroni) is light and great tasting. The staff are knowledgeable and attentive, very friendly and outgoing. The slivers of Italian bread with tomato paste that they bring out as complimentary tasters are exactly as they should be. The wine selection, though small, was very good. Go here if you want real food and a great atmosphere. If you are looking for generic, packaged, chain-food - this isn't the place for you.

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The chef, Francesco is magnificent. The servers, Jayme and Adam are awesome. The atmosphere is inviting. The food is superb. The ambiance is soothing. My spouse and I now have not only a favorite new restaurant but one we can rave about to our countless friends who come to visit weekly. A job well done by the owners and staff. It is clearly a major asset to the Sarasota lunch and dinner scene.Carole and Floyd Caldwell

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★★★★★

The chef, Francesco is magnificent. The servers, Jayme and Adam are awesome. The atmosphere is inviting. The food is superb. The ambiance is soothing. My spouse and I now have not only a favorite new restaurant but one we can rave about to our countless friends who come to visit weekly. A job well done by the owners and staff. It is clearly a major asset to the Sarasota lunch and dinner scene.Carole and Floyd Caldwell

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My wife and I dined at this restaurant recently. We were not impressed. Here is our experience. 1) Beer was not cold 2) lasagna - good flavor small portion 3)pasta with carbonara sauce - Very bland, no flavor, Pasta stuck together not cooked. 4) Dirty dishes sat on table for quite a while(10 minutes) before waiter cleared them 5) Waiter charged the wrong amount on my credit card (just 10 cents, but shows carelessness). My wife is Italian, so we have eaten a lot of pasta in many years. This restaurant has to start worryiing about about the details if it is going to surpass the other Italian dining spots. The secret to sauce is flavor. Toscana has to kick it up a notch.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife and I dined at this restaurant recently. We were not impressed. Here is our experience. 1) Beer was not cold 2) lasagna - good flavor small portion 3)pasta with carbonara sauce - Very bland, no flavor, Pasta stuck together not cooked. 4) Dirty dishes sat on table for quite a while(10 minutes) before waiter cleared them 5) Waiter charged the wrong amount on my credit card (just 10 cents, but shows carelessness). My wife is Italian, so we have eaten a lot of pasta in many years. This restaurant has to start worryiing about about the details if it is going to surpass the other Italian dining spots. The secret to sauce is flavor. Toscana has to kick it up a notch.

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I am Italian and was in Sarasota for business . My lawyer told me to try this new place ... I was excited . Everything was just perfect ... like if I had a dinner in my hometown in Tuscany . Congratulations to the staff of Cantina Toscana . Lorenzo

5
★★★★★

I am Italian and was in Sarasota for business . My lawyer told me to try this new place ... I was excited . Everything was just perfect ... like if I had a dinner in my hometown in Tuscany . Congratulations to the staff of Cantina Toscana . Lorenzo

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I just had the most lovely dining experience since years! I just came back from my trip to Tuscany and had high hopes for this restaurant... Well, let's say, that all my expectations were met and more!!! Me and my husband shared carpaccio as an appetizer and it was prepared just like in Florence, Italy! Simple, yet tasty, on the bed of fresh arugula salad. We continued with day's special, Vitello al Marsala (veal in Marsala wine sauce) and server's recommendation: tagliatelle with pesto. Food was outstanding... I almost licked my plate! Loved the whole pine nuts on the pesto sauce! We finished our meal with espresso and cappuccino and again, it was just perfect! They use real italian Lavazza coffee there, and it tasted just like in Italy!

Let me just add, that service was very friendly and competent, and decor beautifully designed!

Well... I know where to bring my sweetheart for next Valentine's Day for dinner!!!

5
★★★★★

I just had the most lovely dining experience since years! I just came back from my trip to Tuscany and had high hopes for this restaurant... Well, let's say, that all my expectations were met and more!!! Me and my husband shared carpaccio as an appetizer and it was prepared just like in Florence, Italy! Simple, yet tasty, on the bed of fresh arugula salad. We continued with day's special, Vitello al Marsala (veal in Marsala wine sauce) and server's recommendation: tagliatelle with pesto. Food was outstanding... I almost licked my plate! Loved the whole pine nuts on the pesto sauce! We finished our meal with espresso and cappuccino and again, it was just perfect! They use real italian Lavazza coffee there, and it tasted just like in Italy!

Let me just add, that service was very friendly and competent, and decor beautifully designed!

Well... I know where to bring my sweetheart for next Valentine's Day for dinner!!!

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Everything was just perfect . Food is great, service was amazing . I loved it . I have been travelling to Italy often and this experience was just like being in Italy . Thank you Francesco

5
★★★★★

Everything was just perfect . Food is great, service was amazing . I loved it . I have been travelling to Italy often and this experience was just like being in Italy . Thank you Francesco

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This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, stylish decor, and extremely friendly and helpful waitstaff. Unfortunatly this just can't make up for really bad food. I had a pizza with ham, mushrooms, and anchovies and my husband had the risotto with shrimp and asparagus. Both entrees were very bland (with the exception, of course, of the anchovies themselves). They were attractive looking but just didn't taste like much. We were going to get dessert, but after the lackluster entrees decided not to bother. At around $12 and $15 respectively, these meals were a terrible value. I would not recommend htis restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, stylish decor, and extremely friendly and helpful waitstaff. Unfortunatly this just can't make up for really bad food. I had a pizza with ham, mushrooms, and anchovies and my husband had the risotto with shrimp and asparagus. Both entrees were very bland (with the exception, of course, of the anchovies themselves). They were attractive looking but just didn't taste like much. We were going to get dessert, but after the lackluster entrees decided not to bother. At around $12 and $15 respectively, these meals were a terrible value. I would not recommend htis restaurant.

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I invite you to come to CT. We have authentic italian food, home made pastas, a great atmosphere. Our chef is italian and believes in the freshness of the ingredients he uses . I do truly believe we serve excellent food and service . Try us and let me know !

Francesco

5
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I invite you to come to CT. We have authentic italian food, home made pastas, a great atmosphere. Our chef is italian and believes in the freshness of the ingredients he uses . I do truly believe we serve excellent food and service . Try us and let me know !

Francesco

Pros: the best food in town

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I have been to this fantastic comtemporary Italian gem twice now and both times I have been more than delighted. Both times I asked for something that was not on the menu (Putanesca) and both times the staff just said "no problem" and delivered some on the best Italian food I have had on this side of the Atlantic.

All the staff (including the owner) were wonderful hosts and added to the enjoyment of the great food and comfortable atmosphere.

This is certainly a "go back again" place - and you must try the pizza!

5
★★★★★

I have been to this fantastic comtemporary Italian gem twice now and both times I have been more than delighted. Both times I asked for something that was not on the menu (Putanesca) and both times the staff just said "no problem" and delivered some on the best Italian food I have had on this side of the Atlantic.

All the staff (including the owner) were wonderful hosts and added to the enjoyment of the great food and comfortable atmosphere.

This is certainly a "go back again" place - and you must try the pizza!

Pros: service, attitude, atmosphere and food quality

Cons: could not find any

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I love this pizza place! A friend brought me here, and now I bring my friends here. They have the best Italian in town.

4
★★★★☆

I love this pizza place! A friend brought me here, and now I bring my friends here. They have the best Italian in town.

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I was in Sarasota on a business trip taking trip. Contina Toscana was the best part of the trip. The restaurant was beautiful, the service was excellent, and the food was delicious. I wouldI definitely eat here again!

5
★★★★★

I was in Sarasota on a business trip taking trip. Contina Toscana was the best part of the trip. The restaurant was beautiful, the service was excellent, and the food was delicious. I wouldI definitely eat here again!

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as an italian, I only can confirm that this is real italian food, the pizzas are great, particularly the focaccia

4
★★★★☆

as an italian, I only can confirm that this is real italian food, the pizzas are great, particularly the focaccia

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Phenomenal food especially considering price. A little hard to find but worth it. everyone talks about "authentic Italian" but the chefs there just got off the plane from Italy. Service was very friendly despite the dinner rush. I wanted something different & had Risotto ai funghi, porcini, e tartufo (rice w/ truffles, mushrooms, onions & Parmesan) Exceptional dinner experience including home-made desserts for chain restaurant prices.

5
★★★★★

Phenomenal food especially considering price. A little hard to find but worth it. everyone talks about "authentic Italian" but the chefs there just got off the plane from Italy. Service was very friendly despite the dinner rush. I wanted something different & had Risotto ai funghi, porcini, e tartufo (rice w/ truffles, mushrooms, onions & Parmesan) Exceptional dinner experience including home-made desserts for chain restaurant prices.

Pros: food & service

Cons: little out of way

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I have been here 3 or more times love the food, allways fresh and allways delicious full of flavors The owners are great and meet you with a smile waitstaff is very informed and courtious They have a great lunch special

5
★★★★★

I have been here 3 or more times love the food, allways fresh and allways delicious full of flavors The owners are great and meet you with a smile waitstaff is very informed and courtious They have a great lunch special

Pros: full flavor big portions

Cons: to far from my house

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Cantina Toscano is a welcome change to the Italian chain restaurants in the area. The atmosphere is pleasant, the staff wonderful, and the authentic Northern Italian menu has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a fabulous pizza or choose one of the many other entrees, you will not be disappointed. Once you try Cantina Toscano you will return again and again.

5
★★★★★

Cantina Toscano is a welcome change to the Italian chain restaurants in the area. The atmosphere is pleasant, the staff wonderful, and the authentic Northern Italian menu has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a fabulous pizza or choose one of the many other entrees, you will not be disappointed. Once you try Cantina Toscano you will return again and again.

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We enjoyed the comfortable atmosphere. The staff offered helpful suggestions regarding the menu. The flavors of the fresh, natural ingredients can be appreciated. Reminded us of great meals we've enjoyed in the countryside of Italy!

5
★★★★★

We enjoyed the comfortable atmosphere. The staff offered helpful suggestions regarding the menu. The flavors of the fresh, natural ingredients can be appreciated. Reminded us of great meals we've enjoyed in the countryside of Italy!

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I really recommend the Cantina Toscana; the choice of food is really big, you can get for example yummy italian antipasti like the ghiottone one with great fried bread stripes and lovely prosciutto ham. I also enjoyed the Focaccia (white pizza) with stracchino cheese, another tasty and characteristic product of Italy that I love! The atmosphere inside of the restaurant is very pleasant; the owners are great guests and make you feel at home; I also appreciated the inside decoration very simple but classy at the same time.

4
★★★★☆

I really recommend the Cantina Toscana; the choice of food is really big, you can get for example yummy italian antipasti like the ghiottone one with great fried bread stripes and lovely prosciutto ham. I also enjoyed the Focaccia (white pizza) with stracchino cheese, another tasty and characteristic product of Italy that I love! The atmosphere inside of the restaurant is very pleasant; the owners are great guests and make you feel at home; I also appreciated the inside decoration very simple but classy at the same time.

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Cantina Toscana, the Italian restaurant in Sarasota

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