With it's modern but classic Italian cuisine and emphasis on artisanal and contemporary Northern Italian style, Mediterraneo is often credited with being the first restaurant to bring authentic contemporary Italian cuisine to Sarasota when it first opened in 1996. Still under that same ownership, Mediterraneo has consistently been rated one of the top restaurants in Florida’s Zagat Survey. The restaurant has received numerous accolades including the acclaimed Insegna Del Ristorante Italiano awarded by The Minister of Agriculture & Commerce in Rome. With its highest honor, inducting the restaurant into its Accademia Italiana della Cucina “Fine Dining Hall of Fame.” Mediterraneo has been rated as Best of the Best in Sarasota Magazine since the first year of opening.
Mediterraneo's warm and friendly atmosphere is distinguished by our unmistakably genuine Italian hospitality. Our chic interior setting is soft and comfortable with a cloud painted ceiling mimicking the Mediterranean sky, and rustic walls covered with a series of framed pictures of Italy and its landscape. You will feel like you are having lunch in Florence or dinner in Milano.
Proprietors Daniele Baroni, Alessandro Rossi, and Giovanni Migliorini work with General Managers Alberto Della Valle and Ernesto De Oliveira to instill a philosophy of “chasing perfection” in the front of the house and in the kitchen. The diligent and meticulous orchestration of Mediterraneo’s three dining rooms ensures a dining experience that far surpasses guests’ expectations night after night. Experienced Italian Master Chefs and a creative culinary team are integral in creating and maintaining the standard of excellence that has become synonymous with Mediterraneo's consistent quality over the past decade.
Offering an extensive menu with an array of dishes which are sure to satisfy the most sophisticated palate to the simplest of taste, Mediterraneo specializes in fresh seafood, veal, pasta dishes and thin crust, wood fired pizza. We have a dedicated bakery located directly above the restaurant where all the fresh ciabatta, focaccia, desserts and pastries are baked, and all of the fresh pastas are made. More about our food:
So whether you're celebrating a special occasion or grabbing a quick bite to eat, at Mediterraneo you are always assured the best quality food accompanied by excellent service. All of it thoroughly Italian.
Lunch (Monday to Friday)
11:30am to 2:30 pm
Sunday thru Thursday
5:30pm to 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday
5:30pm to 11:00pm
“Rossa” Room is available for private events. Contact us for more information.
1970 Main Street
Sarasota Florida 34236
Located in the Historic Crisp Building which is in the heart of Sarasota’s Financial & Judicial District, Mediterraneo is adjacent to the Court House Center and opposite the Hollywood 20 Theater on the intersection of Main Street and Washington Blvd/US 301.
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Free in the parking garage in the rear of Court House Center on Ringling Blvd. Valet parking available on weekends during high season.
"The Italian photos lining the walls, the touches of earthen brick and tile and wood create a sophisticated ambience that feels just right."
"Indeed, from the moment we walked in the door, we felt as if we were in Florence... we had knowlegeable wait staff who provided seamless, non-intrusive service... our Mediterraneo experience was delightful."
-Bradenton Herald Weekend
"I have not yet had the chance to visit the Mediterranean... But when I do go, I hope my visit is as pleasureable as my dinner at Mediterraneo... My dish was beyond what I expected."
-The Longboat Observer
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