Meet the Family

Our Name

"la Mucca ballerina" translates to "The Dancing cow". Which is also the name of our first restaurant & farm in Italy. We decided on the name as a family…. each of us suggested a name on a sheet of paper, & one was drawn at random. Our daughter Silvia (5 at the time) drew a cow in a barn for her suggestion. When asked what the cow does when she leaves the barn, Silvia replied, "she dances!" with that, our name was born.

Our Story

We are the Zappaterreno family. We moved from Parco del Veio, Italy, which is located just a few miles from the center of Rome.

We own the Agriturismo La mucca ballerina, where we serve delicious food in our restaurant, crafted with ingredients produced on our certified organic farm. We look forward to bringing you some of the most traditional Italian dishes straight from our homeland.

Our Vision

Great food caring from the environment is very important to our family. We select the highest quality ingredients for our menu, sourcing local and environmentally friendly products as much as possible. We proudly bring the culture and authentic taste of Lazio region of Italy to you.

About the the Zappaterreno's

Crespelle con Ricotta e Spinaci

We are the Zappaterreno family and for more than 20 years we've owned, operated and crafted fresh comfort food our restaurant: Agriturismo La Mucca Ballerina in Rome, Italy. We are passionate about providing an amazing dining experience to everyone who comes through our doors at our new location in Sarasota, Florida.

At an early age, I learned from my grandmother that the true Italian dining experience is more than just the food, it's the combination of a welcoming environment where fresh homemade pasta and mozzarella, hand-picked vegetables and the right seasoning ingredients welcomes friends with open arms. For this simple formula of creating the fresh and flavorful food we loved growing up, our restaurant in Rome is successful... and to which I know bring to our new home in Sarasota.