Ristorante Acqua Alta

/ Italian, Restaurant, Seafood
Closes soon: 22:00
$$$$ Average price: $11-30
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2454 North, McMullen Booth Rd #205
Clearwater, Florida, USA
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Carpe diem – the Italian cuisine waits for you. This bar guarantees you mouthwatering spaghetti carbonara, risotto and salmon. That's a nice idea to order tasty tiramisu, gâteau and apple pie.

The wine list is extensive, every visitor will find something that suits their taste. Some clients like good americano at Ristorante Acqua Alta. On TripAdvisor, guests note that this place is worth the 4.5 star rating.

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I'm an Italian-American who's traveled all over the country for food. I've even been all over Italy. A restaurant such as this is THE definition of a diamond in the rough. Located in Safey Harbor? What? I was stunned! This place is literally a slice of Italy right here in our small town. If you want to show someone you truly care about them, or want a divine dining experience visit this place! You'll be greeted by the waiter/chef/owner or maybe his lovely wife and their thick Italian accent. They are so kind in explaining their menu and taking pride in it. Everything is made from scratch and prepared just as it tasted in Italy. No difference! If you don't enjoy the food, you won't enjoy the food in Italy. First comes the bread which is freshly baked to perfection. Then maybe an appetizer or glass of wine. Then the homemade pasta that will make you tear up and say "mama mia!" Please don't skip dessert ESPECIALLY the pistachio cream tiramisu. I considered eating the glass itself just so I wouldn't miss one molecule of this divine, heavenly confection. Finish it off with a cappuccino and wow, you're in Italy....or at least I was for a little while. I'll absolutely be back again and again. When I want to impress family on a visit, I'll be taking them here.
We have a new favorite restaurant. My Italian husband said "This is the first Italian restaurant that I've truly enjoyed in more than 30 years in the US". Authentic food made by a lovely family from Venice (they moved here approximately 4 years ago). Everything is homemade: past, bread, dessert, etc. It's authentic Italian food (not your typical lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.). Highly recommend.
Let me paraphrase on what I have read on restaurant's website first. Bacaro - a place blessed with its own unique atmosphere that is ideal for friends get together over a glass of wine and home made small plate of food. That is  Ristorante Acqua Alta, a brad new Italian restaurant serves Venetian food. I invited my girlfriend for lunch. Total bill is 50 dollar for two because we decided to order today's special ($19.5)instead. I had clam in white sauce over spaghetti and my friend had Carbonara with salmon filling. Both dishes tasted very different from Americanized Italian food. The salty pasta revealed the natural flavor of the clam itself instead of heavy garlic sauteed sauce. My friend's Carbonara is a slightly hearty dish but the salmon filler has a delicate flavor that soften the "mass". We also shared a roasted pepper and eggplant vegetable stew. It tasted like a fine ratatouille. I was very happy for trying authentic Italian food despite of paying premium price. I would like to pay the same price for a non-Americanized Chinese food. Authenticity is the premium. Food prepared with pride and heritage worth the respect. Owner and chef are very friendly and approachable. Do chat with them if they are not too busy. I learned a lot about their food and why they chose to open this restaurant in Pinellas. I will definitely go back to try more dishes.
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Address
2454 North, McMullen Booth Rd #205, Clearwater, Florida, USA
Features
Outdoor seating Takeaway Booking Delivery Сredit cards accepted Wi-Fi Parking Wheelchair accessible No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 11:30-21:00
WednesdayWed 11:30-21:00
ThursdayThu 11:30-21:00
FridayFri 11:30-22:00
SaturdaySat 11:30-22:00

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