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Puccini's Cucino Amore

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2881 Clark Rd, Merchant's Point Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34231-6296
+1 941-923-7002
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18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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Sarasota, Florida
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

With so many great restaurants in Sarasota, don't waste your time at this one! Rude chef, rude waitress, they make you feel rushed and uncomfortable. One of our guests was told that she couldn't just order an appetizer, the chef insists that she had to order something else too. When her appetizer came it was burnt, and the rest of... More 

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

I am so sorry you felt rushed and uncomfortable. If there was a problem with your dinner...We would never make you pay for something you didn't like. As for the ordering protocol...Since PUCCINI'S is for foodies and diners ONLY and we allow you to bring all your own beverages-yes you must order at least 1 entree or 2 appetizers per... More 

Hornell, New York
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed several evenings at puccinis during our last visit to Sarasota. Be preparede for no wine no credit card and no coffee, but you soon realize, those minor inconveniences ( byob actually a bonus) in no way detract from the amazing meals prepared with machine like efficiency by Richard. Creative, well presented and absolutely delicious!!!

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Thank 770randyr24
South Florida, Florida
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417 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have reviewed before, but after last night's superb meal, thought that it was right to commend again. Located in an ordinary strip mall, one would never expect to experience very fine dining here. However, the tiny "Puccini's" sign beckons you to a memorable evening. First of all, there is no bar service. Chef Richard operates a BYOB (with NO corkage)... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A perfect restaurant and one to redeem faith in the Sarasota restaurant scene. The fact that we've missed it for so many years is entirely our fault but to be fair, they seem to do their best to keep their existence a secret to any that haven't heard about them. When you see the outside you'll wonder if there really... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My brother told me the best kept secret in Sarasota was Puccini's, boy was he right. There are a few things one should know before going. First of all, make a reservation, if we didn't have one, we wouldn't have eaten. Next, it's cash only so stop at the ATM and load up. Last, they don't have drinks other than... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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143 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Celebrating a birthday we had a large group of 20+. The service was amazing and it was so great watching the entree's being prepared by chef Rich on an open grille in the center of the restaurant . This is a high end, cash only, bring your own bottle Italian restaurant.

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Thank Dan R
Sarasota, Florida
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We went for the first time with a group of friends and had a very enjoyable experience. We had reserved a table in the main room where the chef is cooking just a few feet away, interesting to watch him work. The set menu is quite limited but there were several specials. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the lamb chops... More 

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Thank Bob M
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Richard brings in the freshest ingredient and know how to flavor each dish exquisitely. We have never had a bad meal there. He is consistent in his quality of his creations. His wait staff is tops. They remember you name and greet you at the door as if you were family. We have recommended Puccini's to many people and never... More 

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Sarasota
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Older lady was very rude. You can tell staff isn't genuine. They should appreciate guests. I'll give my business to one of the many other local businesses that will appreciate it.

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Thank FloridaSunshine29
Bradenton, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Recently had dinner again and Puccini's from service-to-food was outstanding....again!! Can never go wrong with any of the appetizers/salad and entrees were excellent (Lamb Chops, Veal Chop, Pompano). Tried the calamari as well wich was OK, and if we had one request...PLEASE bring back the SCALLOPS App (best ever), and Stuffed MUSHROOMS!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$50
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 22:00
Monday
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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