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.
Chefs whip up house-made pasta, sizzle ocean-fresh salmon fillets, and pair red cherry tomatoes with imported buffalo mozzarella to populate a menu of traditional Italian cuisine. After the chefs apply the final garnishes to entrees, servers shuttle the piping-hot dishes to diners seated at round tables draped in white linens. On Wednesday–Saturday evenings, live music fills the dining room, bouncing off exposed brick walls and jingling off the chandeliers to tickle the ears of patrons as they sip red and white wines from the full bar. Outdoors, an expansive courtyard hosts sunlit and moonlit dining enclosed by brick columns and lush palm trees that occasionally lean over patrons' shoulders to steal a bite when they're not looking.
Drawing on culinary insights gleaned over 20 years of refining family recipes, the cooks at Antonio's Pasta Grille fill plates with sauce-draped pasta dishes and pizzas built on homemade dough. As they dip freshly baked bread into herb-infused oil, diners can stare wistfully at a mural depicting rolling hills, stone bridges, and wars between groups of talking animals from young-adult novels.
Today’s Groupon telewarps you into the bustling center of an Italian city located in an Italian airplane: for $10, you get $25 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at this double-decker ristorante. Choose to sit on the first-floor Piazza for a more casual dining experience. It’s a large open space with multiple tables orbiting the central white fountain like bees around Jupiter. Sit on the top floor to see a gull’s-eye view of the feeding frenzy below. This could be considered the upscale section of the restaurant. The menus are the same no matter where you sit—only the views and atmospheric pressure vary.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
The multitalented chefs at Tony's Pizzeria & Ristorante flex their culinary muscles while they rustle up New York–style pizzas and a variety of Italian specialties. Exposed-brick walls, old-fashioned signage, and black-and-red booths form an ideal setting for polishing off plates of fried calamari, veal scallopine, and saucy pastas. Breezes comb through diners’ hair and birds chirp the theme to Three’s Company from the outdoor patio, where visitors can enjoy their pizza whole or by the slice. Daily happy-hour specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. encourage guests to unwind after a long workday with swigs of adult beverages.
Every time a guest orders from Tuscano Grille's savory menu, an angel-hair noodle cries, knowing that its fate has been decided. Start with buttermilk-battered fried artichokes and mushrooms with horseradish-cream sauce ($7.95), or mix up a bowl of greens tossed among pears, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, and dried cranberries in a honey-poppy-seed vinaigrette ($7.95). Off the grill, main-plate options include the 6-ounce filet mignon ($18.95), regarded as the swordfish of the land, and the 8-ounce swordfish steak ($18.95), regarded as a tenant in most seaman's stomachs.