This spacious, casual, comfortable establishment in the heart of the charming historical district features a spacious outdoor covered dining patio with a generous bar (Happy Hour is 4:30-6:30), and live music every night. There are also two indoor dining rooms for smaller groups up to 44 people, each with an individualized decor.
Menu choices are varied and include: Escargots Amore, Rack of Lamb, Linguini Pescatore, and Tagliatelle Bolognese. Elegant desserts are prepared table-side.
Owners Tito & Liana Vitorino purchased Amore Restaurant from Howard Rooks in 2019. Prior to purchasing it, they opened Amore in Longboat Key in November 2014 and were the managers of Amore before relocating the restaurant to Burns Court.
Tito Vitorino started his restaurant adventure at the age of 16 in the South of Portugal (Algarve, Vale do Lobo, Hotel Dona Filipa) and has been a Sarasota resident since 1991. Prior to Amore, he was a previous manager for 14 years of the famous The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Restaurants.
His vast knowledge of the restaurant business was built from ward work, but mostly the passion for the business itself. Tito Vitorino says, “Make sure you love the restaurant business. This business is hard work, and you must love it to be successful. Also, you must have passion and vision for the concept you create with your restaurant. Anyone can copy another restaurant concept. It happens all the time, but your passion and culture are what set you apart from your customers and will make you successful.”
Liana Vitorino (Tito’s High School Sweetheart) arrived in Sarasota in 2003 and was introduced to the restaurant business in 2005 at Bella Roma Italian Restaurant (now: Flavio’s Brick-Oven & Pizza in Siesta Key Village). She learned the restaurant business through Tito’s knowledge and dedication. It is Liana’s warmth, and her vivacious personality that greets customers to the restaurant. She is gifted with making her patrons feel at home and treats them as good friends.
This dynamic couple’s sole mission is to make Amore Restaurant one of the most unique and pleasant restaurants in Sarasota. Soon they will be adding authentic dishes from Portuguese to expand their menu and bring a taste of Portugal to Sarasota.