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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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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good16%
  • 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

Looks like a hole in the wall from the outside with little signage. But once you get inside, the food and service are impeccable. The chef/owner prepares a different menu daily based on the reservations. You must make a reservation; they don't take walkins. You...More

Thank 11chip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rich, you still rock and your food is awesome. Thank you Pam for your excellent service. We will be back. Ruth and Jack

1  Thank lwr05
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have dined at Puccini's on many occassions and it greatly depends on where you sit. If you are able to secure a table in the kitchen area you are in for a lovely evening. If you however are in the main room without a...More

1  Thank Melvin P
Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this review

Yes there was a mixup with the seating last night. Our staff scrambled to find you a table last night. They were so worried they wouldn't have one for you and they were completely happy they could make it work for you. Our restaurant is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate delicious rustic salad big enough for two, scallops and veal. Service was excellent, food delicious and fairly priced given the byob and no corkage fee. The 6 o'clock crowd was a few minutes late letting go of tables but we were seated by...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Good but Grossly overpriced Appetizers that included 4 shrimp at $14 No credit cards Last visit hereMore

Thank vince3111
Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this review

Our pricing reflects our allowance of you bringing your own wine. Which is a great savings! Our shrimp are plentiful and large. And let's not forget the $14 COMPLIMENTARY bruschetta appetizer we always give. Our restaurant is not for everyone we know. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

We come here everytime we're in Sarasota. Puccini's is the best and we live on Long Island and know good food. For a starter I had a special of lobster ravioli (fantastic) and the rack of lamb for entrée (DELIC). Always save room for his...More

Thank Dian
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We visited here April to celebrate my Mums Birthday, we had given them a gift certificate , and joined them for dinner... a reservation had been made and we were looking forward to a great evening. The ambiance was fine, we ate at a table...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Love the food, the ambience, they have you bring your own wine so very affordable. Wonderful, welcoming staff..fresh fish was local fresh catch, different and wonderful each time!!

Thank Amee1016
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We are originally from lower Connecticut 50 Miles from N.Y.C. now residing in Venice .We know Italian restaurants . Puccini's is a must place to EXPERIENCE .Atmosphere N.Y.C. dark & romantic .Short menu but food prepared in front of you by outstanding chief owner (NOT...More

Thank Frank S
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We had heard of this place and if the reviews had not been do good we would not have gone inside. Puccini's is in a fairly run down strip mall in an out of the way corner of Sarasota. They have seatings only st 6...More

Thank Manatee1965
Melanie D, Owner at Puccini's Cucino Amore, responded to this review

So happy you enjoyed your FOOD! And your birthday celebration! We have a total of 16 items every night. The chef cannot speak with anyone too much because he's COOKING for everyone and he is extremely focused. Come and visit us in the Summer and...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Paul D
What methods of payment do you accept?
1 March 2017|
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Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
Cash or Check
Ed B
what kinds of Pasta do you serve
8 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!
Is there a dress code?
2 October 2016|
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Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
No dress code. Dressy casual. Jeans are fine.
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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.