Our ITALIAN MARKET is NOW OPEN 12noon - 7pm
- Market is Closed Sundays and Mondays -
Restaurant Open Tuesday - Saturday 4:30pm - 9pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Our Handmade Dishes are from Authentic Recipes!
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.
La Violetta has the ability to seat 44 comfortably 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.
4837 Swift Rd., Sarasota 34231
In the Prima Plaza
If you have questions, please email us by filling out the form below and we will respond promptly! Please do not use this form for reservations.
Call 941-927-8716 to make reservations.
Felt like we were back in Italy!
"I took my kids here as my students had kindly given me a gift certificate, we lived in Italy before Sarasota so were curious how authentic the food would be. It was exceptional quality! Our server Monika was very kind and helpful and offered a smaller simpler pasta portion for my 7 year old. The kids were disappointed there was not a real Italian pizza on the menu but enjoyed their food and they are fussy! Loved the rustic decor and atmosphere. Highly recommend!"
VicGee75 • 2/12/2020 • TripAdvisor
An amazing Italian restaurant
"An amazing Italian restaurant that is far above the rest. Our meal here was better than most we have eaten at during multiple trips throughout Italy. That is really saying something... Monica, was our server and she is fantastic. Excellent wine list at fair prices. We both had homemade pasta, I chose the Ravioli trio and my husband the squid ink and egg tagliatelle with mixed seafood. Both were extraordinary and very generous portions. He kept stealing my ravioli, it was that good! Oh and they bring beautiful homemade focaccia and Italian bread with a lovely caponata style mix of diced grilled eggplant with zucchini raisins and roasted peppers.
For dessert we had espresso and shared the best tiramisu we ever had. We cannot wait to go back! Quality of ingredients and proper preparation and presentation incredible! Also the atmosphere is warm friendly casual not at all “stuffy” and the chairs were fabric covered in a cute patchwork design and SO comfortable. So many restaurants have uncomfortable chairs(maybe so you don’t linger idk..) but here we were comfortable and unhurried. We had a show to catch so didn’t linger but you got the sense the table was yours and you weren’t rushed. Brava!"
kristinjk • 2/18/2020 • TripAdvisor
"We have dined throughout Italy from Venice to Palermo and at countless Italian restaurants in the United States. We have not enjoyed better, more creative Italian cuisine anywhere. Whenever we leave, we cannot wait to return."
Veritiero • 3/10/2020 • TripAdvisor
Italian is more than red sauce!
"Much more. So many choices you'll have tor return again and again. Cozy and intimate, excellent food and attentive wait staff accompanies delicious food. Reservations are a must."
WandererSarasota. • 3/8/2020 • TripAdvisor