Tantalizing Tortellino: A Taste of Bologna, Italy in Every Bite

The Gulf Gate area of Sarasota (between S. Tamiami Trail and Beneva) has gained significant popularity in recent years, especially for its diverse and vibrant neighborhood with a mix of attractions, including ethnic shops, restaurants.

Tortellino Bistrot is one of the most popular restaurants in Gulf Gate known for serving homemade pasta and authentic Italian cuisine. Located on Superior Avenue, the restaurant is praised for its genuine, homemade pasta, delicious sauces, and fantastic bread with a satisfying crunch on the crust. It is located at 6584 Superior Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231, and offers dine-in, takeaway, and delivery options.

The restaurant is extremely charming, though small, and offers authentic Italian cuisine, including a variety of pasta dishes, fresh seafood, and wood-fired pizzas. The tortellini is made on site fresh daily and is served with a variety of sauces, including pomodoro, pesto, and Alfredo.

See video of Tortellino Bistrot owner Leonardo Pierucci making one of their many specialties, “Real Lasagna Bolognese.”

Tortellino Bistrot is owned by Leonardo Pierucci and his wife Merci. Leonardo is an Italian chef from the Bologna region, and he has over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Merci is a Brazilian-American who has a passion for Italian food and culture. The couple opened Tortellino Bistrot in 2020, and they have quickly earned a reputation for their authentic Italian cuisine and warm hospitality.

Pumpkin ravioli with prosciutto. A fall/winter specialty dish.

Who are the owners of Tortellino Bistrot?

Leonardo Pierucci is a native of Bologna, Italy. He grew up learning to cook from his mother and grandmother, and he has been working in restaurants since he was a teenager. Leonardo has a deep understanding of Italian cuisine, and he is passionate about using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Merci Pierucci was born in Brazil, but she grew up in the United States. She has a passion for Italian food and culture, and she loves to share her love of Italy with her guests. Merci is responsible for the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Tortellino Bistrot.

Together, Leonardo and Merci have created a truly special restaurant that is worth experiencing. If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Italy in Sarasota, be sure to check out Tortellino Bistrot.


(closed Sundays/Mondays)

6584 Superior Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231

~ Andrea Mastrocinque-Martone ate here
Andrea Mastrocinque-Martone is Sarasota Event Calendar’s Chief Editor. She is the former A & E Editor for Sarasota Observer Newspapers and is currently a public relations consultant. www.Insightfulpr.com



Andrea Martone

Andrea Martone is a former Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Sarasota Observer Newspaper Group, as well as a former Editor-in-Chief of a Long Island (New York) newspaper chain. She moved to Sarasota 14 years ago after working as an executive in NYC in public relations and marketing. She currently is a Public relations & marketing consultant and President of Insightful PR. She lives and breathes all things art, culture, music food and wine and is proud to be the Executive Editor of Sarasota Events Calendar.

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