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Puccini's Cucino Amore

2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
+1 941-923-7002
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good15%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really don't even want to right this review! It's the best kept secret in Sarasota, and I'd like to keep it like that. But twist my arm, and I will confess. Puccini's is AWESOME! Located surreptitiously in a not-so-good-looking strip mall, Puccini's welcomes you...More

1  Thank janconover
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friends of ours invited us to try Puccini's last night, 8/12/17. It was a first for all four of us, but had been highly recommended to them. We loved the atmosphere, very intimate and warm. As we were the first guests to arrive, we were...More

1  Thank Jersey G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hidden in the corner of a plaza (hard to find even if you're in front of it), it has the simple unpretentious charm of many small restaurants in Italy. We went with our son's family (5 of us) and since we made last minute reservation,...More

Thank yefims2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is probably our favorite place to dine. If you want a really delicious meal and see the chef prepare it all, this is the place. Make sure you make a reservation, check out the nightly specials, BYOB, and enjoy. The servers are great and...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dining at Puccini's is a most interesting and unique experience. Other reviewers on this site have been quoted as saying "it's not for everyone" and they're right. Forgive me but as part of fine dining I expect the availability of: salt and pepper shakers (or...More

Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We thank you for coming in...once. You are right we are not for everyone. We are not fine dining...1st mistake. The chef has sand on his toes and flip flops. 😁 Salt and pepper is always available upon request. We explain to you on the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Now, this may not be everyone's cup of tea.... but this was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! The chef/owner does things on his own terms... and what a culinary delight it is! We were taken here with friends "who knew"...More

Thank westiefans
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you didn't know it was there, you would not find it. Small hole-in-the wall hidden in a strip mall. Single chef, sous chef, etc. Two servers/do everything else. Opens "six-ish" whenever the chef decides. Cooks in the open. Don't order from the menu. Get...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We visited with friends who've been going there since opening. The chef - as in one - is a culinary master. He singlehandedly whips up the most amazing delicacies for a small dining area. But don't fret, the atmosphere is reminiscent of places we visited...More

Thank joanerism1
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Everything about this place was amazing - food, service and atmosphere. If you're looking for a great place for a date night and the most amazing food in Sarasota, this is the place to go!

Thank caitlyn z
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Do not miss this gem. The best food in Sarasota. The restaurant is intimate and it's all about the food!! I have never had a bad meal. Do yourself a favor and eat here! Make sure to call in advance because it's reservation only!

Thank Chad O
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24 June 2017|
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Response from partyplanner1972 | Reviewed this property |
It may be too late for me to answer your question as I am just seeing it. But I am not certain what you are asking
Paul D
2 March 2017|
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Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
Cash or Check
Ed B
9 December 2016|
Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
We don't have pastas has entrees. We have some pasta as an appetizer occasionally-we are mainly a protein house. Thank you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$40 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-923-7002
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Puccini's is an intimate and magical dining experience. Request a chef table and sit and watch Chef Richard perform and prepare your meal right in his kitchen. Puccini's is a BYOB restaurant with no corkage fee. Cash or check only please. Reservations only.
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