1766 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Divino's has recently closed. A Consistently Divine Dining Experience
Opening and operating a high quality restaurant is a challenging undertaking. Distinguishing that restaurant from all the others is a never ending difficult task. One of the most critical success factors in the restaurant business today is consistency.
Started as a family business in 2004, The Divino Restaurant has been serving Italian specialties complimented with a hand picked selection of undiscovered Italian wines. Even though there have been changes over the years, their recipe for success can be summarized in one word; consistency: décor, food, service, special offers, and experience.
A warm, inviting, and comfortable décor, Divino offers a fine dining experience in a casually elegant setting. Offering a range of salads, soups, appetizers, pastas, meat, seafood, and desserts making a singular choice can be a challenge. In addition to the regular menu, there are daily specials as well. For our dinners we choose the following:
Insalta Mista: The traditional Tuscan mixed greed salad with tomatoes, mushrooms, baby corn and Italian dressing. $7.95 Very fresh and lightly dressed; just the way we like it. Cesarina: Classic Caesar salad with homemade dressing and croutons. $7.95 Fresh, crisp, and cool; a nice home-made dressing; thick, creamy with hints of garlic. Brasato Divino: Braised beef complimented by vegetable & red wine sauce w/potatoes. $20.95 Tender, fall apart pieces of beef covered in a rich, slightly sweet tomato based sauce; real Italian comfort food; delicious “lick your plate clean”. Veal Milanese: Tender breaded veal chop, topped with arugula and fresh tomatoes. $21.95 Very nice visual presentation; tender veal topped with fresh arugula and tomato, what could be better? Cappesante Amalfi: Large scallops, mussels, and shrimp over potatoes. $25.95 Fresh, sweet seafood, nicely seasoned.
The bread service was notable. Warm fresh bread served with 3 types of dipping sauces: roasted carrots and garlic, olive, and olive oil; a very nice touch. Although the restaurant was full and very busy, we found the wait staff to be friendly, attentive, and we never felt rushed.
Divino Restaurant also offers nightly specials as follows:
Sunday Dinner Special Sunday menu includes a three – course dinner of an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $24.95 Tuesday is Risotto Night. Wednesday is Ossobuco Night. Thursday is Dover Sole Night. Friday is Veal Chop Night.
On our recent visit to Divino, which was a Tuesday night, we found the place to be bustling with activity. All the tables were filled. People were coming and going with many arriving after 8:30. A healthy sign indeed; after all, there is something to be said about consistency.
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If you have a craving for Veal Parm and it does not appear on the menu, ask the wait staff. We have on occasion, and were immediately accommodated with a surprisingly large, tender, and delicious portion.
Also, on Friday and Saturday starting at 7:30 pm in Divino's piano bar, there is Soft Live Music. We enjoy going over there for an after dinner espresso and/or drink to enjoy the music.