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Experience Delicious, Authentic Northern Italian Food, in Sarasota

Open Table Diner's Choice 2023

We believe in the simple pleasures of life.
Good food, fresh ingredients, and awesome friends. Our Handmade Dishes are from Authentic Recipes!


Rustic, Northern Italian food, like you are there...


Intimate and designed to provide a rustic Italian experience, La Violetta is owned and operated by Emilio and Rosaria, who are originally from Parma, Italy.

La Violetta sets the pace for casual, country kitchen Italian dining in an intimate atmosphere.

You may be in Sarasota, but our flavors will take you back to the rustic countrysides of Northern Italy.

We invite you to practice "la scarpetta"...

Gather around the table
with our family bundle

La Violetta offers you an intimate dining experince which is perfect for a casual night or for celebrating a special occasion.


Many of our friends and customers love to practice “fare la scarpetta,” which is an Italian expression meaning to bend your bread into a little shoe and using it 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 can experience delicious, authentic northern Italian food, here in Sarasota.

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La Violetta Gallery

WARNING!  You're about to become very hungry!


La Violetta Guest Reviews


Strip Mall Surprise

When you walk in you know this is something different. Behind a window, two men are making pasta by hand. An oddly shaped space that was stuffed with happy diners, this strip mall restaurant offers authentic Italian food you won't find in most hackneyed faux Italian spots. The staff is professional yet warm. Reservations are hard to get but worth the effort.

NewYorkWendy  •  March 2023  •  TripAdvisor


Northern Italy Authentic!

Authentic Italian in a comfortably casual environment. Our server was from Northern Italy, was completely familiar with the menu, including the specials. Along with his team mate, we were very well cared for. Looking forward to our next visit and have already recommended to friends.

Antonio  •  February 17, 2023  •  Open Table


Happy Birthday Hubby!

I choose a different restaurant each year for my husband’s Birthday ( one he has never eaten at before) as a surprise He was delighted with the food

Satnitediner  •  February 8, 2023  •  Open Table



This is an amazing Italian Restaurant, food is excellent and service is great. Owners are amazing friendly people. My husband and I just enjoy going there every time. Nice, cozy and comfortable atmosphere.

Donna  •  February 4, 2023  •  Open Table


In A Word... SUPERB!

In a word...superb!  So unassuming on the quaint on the inside.  Excellent wine list, excellent service and totally yummy everything!  Portions are abudanza...plenty!  Great selection on menu and wonderful specials.  We all left smiling!!!  Thank you for a simply lovely evening!!!

Vivie M.  •  January 13, 2023  •  Yelp


Best Italian in Sarasota!

The food keeps getting better and better. Magnifico Emilio and Rosaria.

Lee-Ann F.  •  January 29, 2023  •  Yelp

We would love to have you join us!  Located in the Prima Plaza  4837 Swift Rd., Sarasota 34231

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