La Violetta Market and Kitchen

4.8
214 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Intimate and designed to provide a rustic Italian experience, La Scarpetta is owned and operated by Emilio and Rosaria, originally from Parma, Italy. The restaurant has the ability to seat 44 comfortably. The name refers to the Italian expression “fare la scarpetta,” which means to make a little shoe by bending bread to mop up the last of the sauce in a dish. This implies that everything on the menu is good to the last drop. We invite you to join us so you too can experience delicious, authentic Italian food.
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viprickih
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We waited 18 months for tLaVioleta to reopen worth every minute. Food was fabulous as always. This is a real favorite with authentic Italian cuisine. There was a group of men in the semi private section who were extremely loud so it was hard for us to hear our 4 some. Probably not a regular thing. Otherwise another perfect dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Worth the wait for the opening of the new location!
The food as always, delicious, the service warm & attentive and the atmosphere was inviting.
Love the addition of the market, too.
Already have a reservation to return.

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vipTimB
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Even a better experience in their new location, now with a great market.

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Giggles1027
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and ambiance were excellent! We visited this restaurant at their former location, and made sure we came back on our second trip to Sarasota! Their new location (with their market) is even better than the first!

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vipMimi
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just as good as their old location...even better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was fantastic

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vipMamak
Tampa
64 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So happy they have reopened! Love the place

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a Sarasota gem! I am thrilled that La Violetta has found a new location!

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SheilaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were delighted with the delicious cuisine, atmosphere and exceptional service. So much so that I will be returning within 4 days with my son for our mother/son Mother’s Day dinner. He has traveled in Italy with his wife and I cannot wait for them to experience La Violetta!

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KimW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was glad to see La Violetta reopen at it's new location just a bit further down the road. Our dinner experience there was exceptional. My husband and I are true foodies and we found their menu and execution to be one of the best Italian restaurants Sarasota has to offer. We were thrilled to see that they now also have an Italian market with fresh pastas, fine olive oils, balsamic vinegars, cheeses and Italian wines. This restaurant has become one of our favorites!

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vipginaa
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First of all - so happy they are open!! We have been waiting! Their new space is beautiful - the market has all kinds of items to purchase - the ambiance is great-staff attentive and upbeat!
Great wine choices and desserts were gone before I thought about a picture!

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vipjesse
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The meal,as usual,was excellent. Unfortunately,they are closing from their current location;and moving to a new location. Information will be forthcoming as to date and location of reopening. Look forward to visiting at new location. I have been a customer from the beginning when they were La Scarpetta and have enjoyed their food for a few years. The homemade pasta is always a treat,and the veal dishes are better than most of the places in Sarasota. .Sorry,I'm a spoiled New Yorker and I grew up eating veal cutlets.They know how to cook fish so it's not over cooked and I have had a bowl of soup for dinner on those late nights when a meal is too much
Look for the re-opening,it's a real treat and I'm reluctant to tell everyone how good La Violetta is,it's difficult enough getting a reservation!

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JulieR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic & absolutely delicious! A local treasure.

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vipMamak
Tampa
64 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the place. Always delicious

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JulieR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional dining experience with the most authentic Italian food! Definitely our favorite local spot for a taste of Italy.

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Mikemor
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first time there. Definitely will be coming back. Food quality was great and authentic, service was spot on. For what you got, quality and quantity price was reasonable. Great experience!

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vipEatOutNow
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE La Violetta ! Quickly became one of our favorite restaurants in a city full of great options. Unassuming location, easy parking, lovely service, authentic cuisine, did a great job with social distancing. They will be moving to a new location so make sure you follow them.

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Ryan
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great intimate spot where you can enjoy authentic Italian food with fantastic service.

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vipFabinou
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, food and service! Thank you!

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vipMamak
Tampa
64 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our all time favorites!

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vipginaa
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable! It is a quaint place and they had tables distanced and staff wore masks! The food is always consistent and we enjoy it greatly!

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vipHerbR
Naples
89 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food with a varying menu. Easy parking and nice service help

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samanthab
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish and charming atmosphere! One of my favs in Sarasota.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is a genuine “hole in the wall” in Sarasota.
The food and service were outstanding.
The ambiance truly compliments the experience.

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AngelaA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always Fantastico whatever the reason!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our absolute favorite place to eat! Every dish we have had is nothing short of excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The first reservation I made when restaurants opened up. Couldn’t wait to come back for the genuine & excellent Italian food. Service was just as warm & attentive as I remembered also.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Masks are making it nearly impossible to communicate with staff. A few mistakes with food + extra long wait times on food. Overall, we understand the masks are forced upon them and the food was good:

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food was great. The staff was kind to make a simple dish for our 9 year old that was a little picky.

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vipMamak
Tampa
64 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the place! Food is fresh and superb. A definite go to for us!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every flavor On point

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vipJoyceH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic!! We look forward to dining there again!!

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vipDenisioInKZoo
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went to La Violetta last night. What a treat! I’ve been to Italy twice, even on a food tour and never before have I had such amazing food! My doctor recommended the restaurant as her favorite.

We had 3 items from the specials menu. All were above excellent. The flat bread appetizer was Parma ham and burrata. OMG, it must have had some balsamic on it too. The crust was thin and crisp and there was a sweet, savory musky taste, perfect! We also had the two raviolis that were on the specials list. One was Parma ham and parmigiano-reggiano cheese in a cream sauce. The other was a veal Osso bucco in an osso bucco sauce. They were both magnificent. I thanked the server, Rosaria and the chef who is her husband for the wonderful dinner. We will be back.

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lauram
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

excellent food for the third time. this time , even starting at 5pm it became extremely loud.
The other issue is that our waiter from Rome was not up to par. He was overly busy, condescending, acted like he didn't understand what we were saying and when we asked to spit a salad , he said Italians don't do that! I'm not Italian and this isn't Italy!!!! And yes, we do split salads in the US sometimes. I would still recommend this place for the top-notch food.

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lauram
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

absolutely fantastic!! The food was exceptional. I have been to Italy multiple times and this restaurant is just as good as the best food I've had in Italy.

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vipVeritiero
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What can I say? I have dined throughout Italy from Venice to Palermo and at Italian restaurants along the United States east coast and none have been better than La Violetta. It is excellent. Each time we leave, we cannot wait to return. Try the Pana Cotta di Gorgonzola, the Caramelle al Tartufo and the Foie Gras Brûlée and you will see what I mean.

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StephenK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent food and presentation. Monica our server was also excellent and provided thoughtful and thorough navigation through the menu for first time diners.

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vipLWRancher
Tampa
96 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Like that the chef will let you change out pastas or sides, etc. We always enjoy our food and service is always very good. Can’t beat homemade pasta.

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RodM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great menu great service.Will visit again in the next two weeks.

FAQs

La Violetta Market and Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.