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There’s lots of Italian restaurants in St. Petersburg, Florida. LOTS. The last two restaurant reviews we’ve published here have been Italian restaurants. (Make that three now.) People that know me have heard me painfully bemoan, “Do we really need another Italian restaurant in St. Pete?” A Mano Italian Ristorante on the corner of 59th Ave & 4th Str...

Amici, which means “friends” in Italian, will open its first Atlanta location on Tuesday, March 15, in The Mark, a new 28-story, 230-unit student housing building, at 955 Spring St., according to a press release Wednesday. “We have always had a goal to open a location in Atlanta, and we want this Amici to be the Flagship of our brand,” Mike Torino,...

The teams behind the Ciccio Restaurant Group and Forbici Modern Italian have opened a new fast-casual restaurant concept in St. Petersburg. Jason Brunetti, co-founder of the Forbici Modern Italian restaurant in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village and an owner of multiple pizzerias in New York, partnered with the Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG) to open the fast...

Many Southwest Floridians refer to the pastries at the new Dolce Gusto Italian Market in south Fort Myers as "New York style," but to owner Vince Cangialosi they're the style he grew up eating at his family's cafes in Sicily — scratch-made cream puffs, decadent tarts, sfogliatella with their wavy, crunchy-crisp layers — and he is giddy about them. ...

Of the eleven pavilions in EPCOT’s World Showcase at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Italy Pavilion has long been a favorite of Guests who are looking to enjoy authentic dining in charming and immersive settings. The Italy pavilion is home to several dining options, including the very popular Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, which whisks Guests...

If you know me, which most of you likely don’t, you know I am a huge fan of Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG). I’m a regular at Fresh Kitchen, Taco Dirty and Better Byrd (if you ever need to know the perfect meal to order from any of them, just ask me). And this is only a handful in their restaurant portfolio. You can find CRG eats across Tampa and St....

Cena, in Italian, means dinner or the evening meal, which is an appropriate name for a restaurant that features the creatively prepared cuisine of Italy and is open only for dinner. Located in the Grand Central at Kennedy complex in the hip Channel District of Tampa, Cena, led by its Executive Chef-Owner Michael Buttacavoli has developed a reputati...

The second location of an Italian restaurant hailing from Greenwich, Connecticut has opened in an oceanfront dining space at Eau Palm Beach Resort. Polpo, which translates to “octopus,” debuted Feb. 1 to the public after a soft opening for Eau’s resort guests only. The 140-seat indoor-outdoor restaurant is part of a phased multimillion-dollar renov...

If you’d like to time-travel back to the ‘70s and taste pizza the way our parents and grandparents did, all you need to do is head for Impellizzeri’s. Let me tell you why: Pizza impresario Benny Impellizzeri has been making pizza in Louisville since he started cooking at the fabled old Mario’s in Hikes Point in 1968, when LBJ was president and the...

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar is back to bring authentic Italian food to Greenville after closing its previous Woodruff Road location. Owner Mark Craig said it has a nostalgic 1940’s, and 50’s era feel celebrating the style and tastes of Frank Sinatra and those like him. The restaurant features a chicken dish with what Craig said is Sinatra...

There’s a new spot for pizza and more in West Columbia. Cucinella’s Pizzeria and Italian Ice recently opened at 2250 Sunset Blvd. suite M in West Columbia. That’s in a shopping center that includes a Food Lion grocery store, among other offerings. The location is just east of Interstate 26, not far from the Lexington Medical Center. It’s along a bu...

Cicchetti is back. The Venetian-style wine bar opened in October 2019 and served uptown customers in the Bank of America Corporate Center for about five months until COVID-19 hit Charlotte. Now, the sister space to Aria Tuscan Grill — pronounced chee-KEH-tee, if you’re wondering — has reopened with a new entryway and staircase connecting the spaces...