Gigi's Italian Restaurant is a family-owned eatery that has been injecting diners with the recommended dose of pizza, pasta, and parmigiana since 1967. Initiate meal time with appetizers such as the calamari, lightly fried to crispy resistance ($8), or Gigi's bruschetta, a toasty platform topped with fresh tomatoes, zesty snips of red onion, and dewed by balsamic vinegar and olive oil ($7). The specialty brick oven pizzas tempt taste seekers with the minimalist pizza margherita ($14.17 for a medum) and Gigi's special, an ensemble of pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, sausage, and green pepper peacefully playing culinary bocce ball within the boundaries of a thin-crusted circumference ($21.94 for a medium). Gigi's dinner menu represents the full gamut of authentic Italian favorites, including creamy pasta carbonara ($12), chicken piccata sautéed in a lemony garlic sauce ($15), and eggplant a la parmigiana, where slices of thick, breaded and fried eggplant are crowned with Gigi's sauce and accompanied by a hearty portion of pasta ($14). Pair plates with beer and wine, or a libation from the full liquor bar at the South Pasadena and St. Petersburg locations.
From the far edge of St. Petersburg's Pier, the chefs of Jonny Reno's whip up a menu boasting uniquely prepared seafood, salads, and sandwiches. Waterfront views and stunning sunsets fall over diners as they partake in eclectic cuisine such as grouper-nuggets piccata ($10) drenched in a zesty lemon-caper sauce, or a cold shrimp salad ($11) filled with arugula, fennel, citrus vinaigrette, and high-fives left hanging. Shonan seared ahi tuna ($18) arrives rare, encrusted with peppercorns, and sporting a posse of baby bok choy, marinated shiitake mushrooms, and wasabi whipped mashed potatoes. Feasters can supplement bites from a pulled-pork sandwich ($9) or shrimp po boy ($11) with sips from a selection of 16 rotating drafts including Longhammer IPA ($5.75), or head dunks in the nearby Tampa Bay. Those seeking libation-fueled thrills may linger post-meal and partake with local revelers and lampshade-clad pirates dancing to live music on a regular basis.
The Moon Under Water's kitchen is helmed by executive chef Michael Crippin, who was born in England and received his culinary training in London. Mr. Crippin has gone on to whip up artful sustenance for a variety of celebrities, including Madonna, Bruce Willis, Prince Charles, and William Howard Taft. His culinary style intermingles British and Indian flavors, which can be found on The Moon's menu.
Tryst Gastro Lounge’s chefs draw in diners with their roast duck breast with maple glaze, which helped earn them recognition as one of America's Most Popular High End Restaurants in 2012 on Urbanspoon.com. Behind the full bar, Logan Owens, the Tampa Bay Times’ Ultimate Bartender in 2012, also does his share to lure customers as he crafts specialty cocktails with muddled fresh fruit, herbs, and spirits. Owens infuses a pear lychee-tini with lychee purée and sake or custom blends an off-menu libation dubbed a "Logan Special," which he designs to suit each imbiber's palate. Tufted leather booths inside the black-and-white-wallpapered dining area absorb posteriors while taste buds absorb cocktails. Alternately, the outdoor patio gives guests the chance to raise their glasses up high in a toast to clouds that look like Winston Churchill.
With daily programs that build skills in sports, computers, and the arts, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast improves the lives of more than 3,000 young people in the Greater Tampa area. The clubs' fun and engaging afterschool programs are lead by caring adult mentors who help kids uncover new interests and develop new skills that will benefit them in school and life. Youngsters with a variety of interests can find a comfortable place in the clubs' programs, which include a robotics course, computer-skills class, creative-writing group, and a full-court game of basketball.
Three Florida-based acts will entertain crowds with a mix of R & B, Southern rock, and funk during "Beach Chair Blues Night," held in Jannus Live's well-appointed outdoor courtyard. Sitting in their own beach chairs, attendees can groove to the soulful sounds of the headliners, the Mike Kach Group, whose eponymous singer and keyboardist tickles ivories on piano, organ, and stray elephant. Local guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Griswold serves as a special guest for the evening, and Southern rock opening act The Standback Band will perform with a recruited roster of fellow Bay Area blues musicians.