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“Lost its Cozyness”

Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant
Ranked #266 of 1,144 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 12 - US$ 24
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: We are a 3rd generation family run establishment. Our cuisine is northern italian & some southern also. Our popular menu entrees features homemade pastas, fresh seafood, tender veal dishes and homemade desserts.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going there for well over 10 years but our recent visit was a disappointment. We missed the cozy ambiance of the past. With the new decor and round tables the place looks more like a hotel restaurant and the lack of light makes it difficult to read the menu without glasses. The food and service were average.

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

I visited this restaurant tonight after not going there for about three years. This visit reminded me of why. The last time I was there the food was awful. This time, the food was great but the service was deplorable. When the waiter announced the specials he spoke so quickly that we could not understand what he was saying. He brought the food out for one or two of us at a time, so that we could not all eat together unless we wanted a cold meal. Most important, he was surly. We resented being treated that way. When the waiter cleared the table he stacked the dirty dished and left them in front of my husband. It was disgusting! Then he had the nerve to add a 20% gratuity. I think he knew that we might not have left a tip at all.

Thank Elyse K
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere off by itself. Good for romantic evening. Food was even better than the atmosphere. Homemade pasta made fresh daily. Would go back anytime just make reservations.

Thank BRAD S
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

This has been one of our favorite go to restaurants but was disappointed with our last dinner there. The place has been recently renovated which looks nice but missing the homey feel of tablecloths and softer lighting. A few minor adjustments I’m sure they will address. As for the meals we thought they were below par compared to past could have just been an off night for Chef Don. We still will be back to try again...

Thank Joe C
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

Located in the rear of a lakefront building in The Meadows residential area of Sarasota, Mona Lisa has a limited seating capacity and reservations are recommended. One serve was handling the 6-7 tables and he was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I had the feeling that this not a very tight ship - the fit and finish of the interior decor seemed a little thrown together and not"of a piece". Food was OK. My veal lasagna was a bit too salty. The wine list was not large and not inexpensive. The location is a definite plus, but not easy to find. A far cry from the large, noisy restaurants along University Parkway. Certainly worth a try.

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