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“Good Italian ”

Caragiulos Italian American
Ranked #52 of 1,114 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 10 - USD 30
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: At Caragiulos, the food speaks for itself. Using the finest ingredients, Caragiulos has served easy- going, inventive Italian-American comfort food since 1989. The bread is baked on the premises each morning. The mozzarella is made fresh. The biscotti is still baked by Mrs. Caragiulo herself. Eating here is more like a gathering in the home of a good friend... Comfortable... & Memorable.
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Went with the family. Good service and the food was good. It didn't fell heavy even though it was after 9pm. Loved the tortellini and the caprese.

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Reviewed 29 April 2017

My spouse and I dined with one family member for dinner at Caragiulos on a Monday evening in late December 2016. (We visited Caragiulos previously because we have family who live in the area.) The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily except no lunch on Sundays. Caragiulo’s only accepts reservations for parties of six or more people via telephone. The owners also operate nearby Nancy’s Bar-B-Q and Owen’s Fish Camp, as well as a restaurant on St. Armand’s called Shore. You can park in the nearby Palm Avenue Garage or on the street.

Since 1990, Caragiulos has occupied a storefront on Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. The owner previously operated a bakery in Brooklyn, but he later travelled to Florida with his five sons in search of the perfect spot to open a simple Italian restaurant. As the story goes, the family drove around Florida for two weeks without finding anything; when Tony Caragiulo became frustrated, he pulled the car over next to an empty building on Palm Avenue and declared it the right place to build his business. And it was!

Caragiulos offers a comfortable, laid-back environment with seating in several areas: in the bar area (either at the long L-shaped bar or at one of the tables beside it), in the main dining room (surrounded by two walls of windows that overlook Palm Avenue and the outdoor dining area), and a covered side courtyard for al fresco dining.

The restaurant serves Italian-American comfort food in a casual atmosphere. The focaccia bread that accompanies your entree is baked onsite, as is the biscotti, and the mozzarella is made fresh. On our most recent visit, we shared a family-style chop salad (containing chicken, salami, pepperoncini, olives, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese tossed in a creamy dressing), followed by several entrees, including chicken Parmesan (served with spaghetti) and orecchiette (with sausage, broccoli rabe, and cherry tomatoes). In addition to pastas and pizzas, the restaurant also serves protein entrees like steak and salmon. Caragiulos offers a full liquor license including beer, wine, and cocktails. We tried a delicious key lime martini that tasted just like the dessert, served in a glass with a graham-cracker-crusted rim.

As always, we enjoyed our visit to Caragiulos, with its relaxed vibe, tasty cuisine, and pleasant service.

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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

We didn't have reservations so we had to wait 15 to 20 minutes. The food and service was excellent. I had the lasagna and she had the Posta Zasta. The crowd was a little loud with conversations but it was a very enjoyable meal. This was my first visit and I would like to come back and try other menu items.

Thank Chardo56
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

Appetizers ordered: Crispy eggplant was really tasty. Knife and fork shrimp bruschetta was ok but not great - not really worth the price as they were stingy with only 2 shrimp!
Entrees: Lasagna was excellent. Very large portion. Took 1/2 home for lunch the next day. DH had linguini and clams that he said were very good.
Did not have desserts.
Drinks were pricy even tho we arrived during Happy Hour.
Would go again.

Thank Dawn M
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Love this quaint restaurant. Food is great and ambience is romantic. We loved the calamari, glass of red wine and tiramisu for desert - yum!!

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Thank Emma P
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