Gazing out his window at Veni Vici Pizza, owner Gustavo Arriola watches pods of dolphins splash through the cresting waves. The diners take in the same scene at the waterfront tables, sipping glasses of wine and splitting deep-dish pizzas. Formerly in the banking business, Arriola decided that he wanted to take charge of his future by making his own way into the restaurant industry. He naturally gravitated toward opening a pizzeria because he "loves everything about pizza," especially the limitless topping combinations that you can invent yourself or select according to the pizza almanac. From his kitchen, he can decorate dough with everything from fresh green peppers to italian beef and spicy giardiniera. As an alternative to typical thin- and pan-crust pies, Arriola also spotlights Chicago-style deep-dish and stuffed-crust pies on his menu with their special sauce and thick, buttery crusts.
Since 1989, photographer Ron Grecco has worked with thousands of family and commercial clients and served on the Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association’s board of directors. Along the way, he’s expanded on a portfolio that includes many inventive shots, including family portraits on the beach, adorable pictures of puppies, and mouthwatering shots of restaurant dishes. Ron and his team offer their services for a variety of subjects and occasions, including family photo shoots, weddings, and professional headshots.
Located along the white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Shephard's provides an idyllic locale for sun seekers, relax enthusiasts, and breathtaking-ocean-view aficionados. The studio queen room is equipped with two queen beds, a full kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, private balcony, a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and a large updated bathroom, making it the perfect weekend getaway, romantic getaway, or getaway to watch the Charlie Sheen movie The Getaway. Shephard's amenities, such as a heated pool and jacuzzi for body soaking, the Tiki Bar for tropical concoctions and live music (every day 2 p.m.–11 p.m.), and the Sunset Lounge for dancery, make unwinding as easy as smashing open piñatas with old computer monitors.
Coconuts Comedy Club, located in Jack’s Joint since 1998, has been luring in chuckle-seekers for more than two decades with a glittering stage filled with nationally touring comedians. To keep growling stomachs from heckling comedians out of frustration, visitors can mute tummy rumbles with a full menu bursting at the seams with saucy wings, 14-inch hand-tossed pizzas, and brawny steaks.
Surf & Turf Market's curated selection of gourmet groceries includes grain-fed USDA Prime cuts of beef, fresh-daily seafood catches, and prepared entrees and deli-style sides. Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and other famous swimming pools includes fresh and frozen mahi-mahi, king crab, and conch. Hormone-free chicken, grain-fed pork, and hand-made sausages line up in the meat and poultry case, ready to form dinner alliances with legions of potato and pasta salads. The store also organic wines and dairy, frozen food items, and imported cheeses.
Cesare Tini grew up in Rimini, Italy, where his family of restaurateurs slowly conditioned his brain with their culinary secrets. When he departed for America, he packed a stack of his clan's perfected recipes, which he eventually parlayed into a hearty menu for his eatery in Clearwater Beach.
Cesare's at the Beach's house-made pastas include fettuccine, lasagna, and crabmeat-stuffed ravioli, which arrive at tables draped in sauces such as creamy b?chamel, white wine, and marinara. Veal, chicken, beef tenderloin, and sea scallops also fight for the spotlight, making the dinner menu a suitable metaphor for junior-prom court. A lengthy wine selection washes down savory bites before handcrafted tiramisu, cr?me br?l?e, and cannoli brush tongues with Italian sweetness. All of these menu items helped Cesare's at the Beach receive TripAdvisor's "Certificate of Excellence" in 2012?2014.