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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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18:00 - 22:00All hours
2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We are a young couple and have been in Sarasota for a couple years. We enjoy going out and have eaten almost all of the top restaurants in this county. My wife and I agree this is the best restaurant we have come across. The...More

Thank cva08
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Tiny place but large in taste. Fresh food prepared in front of everyone. Nice menu but try the daily specials. Let the chef do the rest. Fine Italian food. You have to look hard to find the restaurant but it is worth the hunt. This...More

Thank retirededward
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having read reviews, some less complimentary about the experience, we just had to find out for ourselves. We were not at all disappointed, indeed it was an awesome experience. What lies behind the curtained frontage is a culinary delight. Staff were very welcoming and our...More

Thank GrahamF311
Reviewed 16 August 2017

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 13 August 2017 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 9 August 2017

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

1  Thank yefims2015
Reviewed 6 August 2017

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 6 August 2017

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 7 August 2017

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 26 July 2017

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 20 July 2017 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
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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
1 March 2017|
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Response from Melanie D | Property representative |
Cash or Check
Ed B
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!
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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.
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