Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant not only imports ingredients and products, but also recipes. With roots in northern Spain and Catalonia, these dishes come together on a menu of more than 100 hot and cold tapas selections, along with paella and cazuela. Paella, a widely varied rice dish cooked at length in a wide pot over open flame, can contain Serrano ham, scallops, pork, chorizo, and saffron rice the stunning golden hue of an alchemist's magazine advertisements. Though the restaurant spans multiple locations, each one presents guests with some charming element: a poolside patio at the Tampa location, a central tapas bar in Orlando, and a flamenco room in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile, no matter the location, events bring about live music and joviality, all supported by an ample list of Spanish and Portuguese wines.
The StarLite Majesty, a 115-foot dining yacht, and the StarLite Sapphire, a 113-foot dining yacht cruise Florida's coast under the emblem of StarLite Dining Cruises. Throughout the year, these vessels embark from various ports around Tampa for dining cruises in the warm Florida sunshine or under a starry sky. Passengers board the ships and are escorted to their reserved tables by the dining staff. After ordering entrees such as filet mignon and fresh-from-the-wharf seafood, guests explore the ships as onboard chefs prepare the fresh entrees in an hour. Passengers gaze at the StarLite Majesty yacht, or at the custom Club Lounge and their impressive appointments on the StarLite Sapphire.
Housed in an entertainment hotspot, Viaggio bursts with distinct flavors and ingredients inspired by various European cuisines within its romantically lit upscale confines. Accidentally brush fingers with your date or the amiable stranger at your table over a plate of splitable tapas such as the garlic feta shrimp ($12) or the potato- and spinach-flanked filet and chorizo ($11). Especially hungry diners or those who failed Sharing 101 can lasso the gargantuan succulence of the 24-ounce sterling-prime-porterhouse steak swaggering in house-crafted steak sauce ($38). The lobster- and crab-crusted Atlantic swordfish spears oceanic appetites ($29) and the stuffed-chicken breast delights feathered fowl fans ($17).
Though she was a successful restaurateur in her home country of Estonia, Sigrid Bratic could not shake her dream to share her beloved recipes with the United States. In 2004, she took the plunge, moving to Florida and opening the first Little Greek. Enter restaurant entrepreneur Nick Vojnovic. Nick was so dazzled by the eatery––its locally sourced produce coupled with a friendly ambiance—that he decided to help Sigrid take Florida's Greek-food scene by storm.
Today, Little Greek is a thriving franchise, with nearly a dozen locations in Florida and Texas. Each of these restaurants serves Sigrid's recipes that include housemade hummus, meat and rice dolmades, grilled-chicken pitas, and baklava. And because the eateries are BYOB, diners can complement meals with their own beer or wine.
Dine on a versatile menu of freshly prepared, Asian-inspired delights that are whipped up quickly and skillfully. Start off with an appetizer, such as the potstickers (filled with pork, green cabbage, scallions, and ginger), lettuce wraps (chicken or tofu with shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, scallions, and garlic), and general’s wings (full pound with spices, sweet chili, garlic, and scallion glaze). Salad and soup options include the peanut soy salad (soy-glazed chicken over mixed greens, carrots, snap peas, wonton chips, and sesame seeds, with a soy peanut dressing) and Thai coconut soup (with chicken breast, lemongrass, mushrooms, tomatoes, and lime). Or opt for an entree with your option of chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu, or veggies. Options include honey glazed, Thai cashew stir fry, lo mein, Vietnamese crunchy noodles, and Thai fu noodles.
The culinary artisans at Johnny’s Italian Restaurant have dedicated more than 30 years to building their hefty menu that towers with homemade Italian victuals––each crafted from scratch and prepared with fresh ingredients. Johnny’s bread barons bake more than 600 loaves a day, prepping them for an appetizing rendezvous with garlic-infused olive oil. For midday morsels Johnny’s lunchtime selection unfurls with hot plates such as the classic lasagna ($6.99) and cold comestibles such as the 9-inch ham and provolone sandwich ($4.99). Swan dive into the dinner menu and retrieve the salmon florentine with hollandaise and fresh spinach ($13.99), or nosh on the palate-popular chicken marsala served with fettuccine alfredo ($13.49) and an edible headshot of the chef. Their special Sicilian-style pizza arrives topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, and onions ($15.49+) and dons a crust that's thick and square like Spongebob's business card. The classic cannoli ($3.59) and swanky Manhattan truffle ($5.49) serve as a culinary curtain call after a savory meal.