A series of sensual portraits by Tamara de Lempicka graces the walls of 717 South’s dining room. The flashy art-deco aesthetic extends to the whole dining room, where burnt orange and blue walls glow in contrast to angular black stripes. 717 South’s plates of upscale fusion fare are no less elegantly appointed: chefs - including recent Tampa Best Chef Competition's "Chef of the Year" winner Robert Masson - drizzle fresh seafood, aged Hereford steaks, and farm-fresh chicken with sauces, herbs, and salsas inspired by Asian, American, and Italian flavors. In addition to the dining room, guests can perch on the outdoor patio, which is secluded enough for sharing romantic dinners or tenderly whispering nutrition facts.
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The Tampa Bay Times credits owners John Harr and Justin Schuver with the revitalizing the old Slice space, turning it into the causal eatery now known as Islands Pizza. The duo gave the menu a pep talk, pairing popular pies with new offerings of hearty calzones and Italian grinders. While miniature overhead lights cast Hollywood-like spotlight on each of Island's steaming, hand-tossed pizzas, adult diners can cool down piping hot mouth with the bar's cool cocktails and 12 beers on tap, or catch reruns of Cheer's in its original Gaelic on the restaurant's flat-screen TVs.
As the name indicates, Vino E Pasta sticks to simple, classic combinations of Italian cuisine and wine that have been hailed as "simply suberb" by the Tampa Tribune. Chefs pair 15 varieties of short and long pastas with garlic and oil, pesto, and seafood simmered in red sauce. They top thinly cut veal with fresh marinara sauce and enhance bruschetta with fresh grilled fish. Additionally, Vino E Pasta serves wines carefully selected to enhance meals and match the pH level of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Papa John's has carefully crafted a menu of specialty pizzas to satisfy any taste or mouth shape. Order a Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, gourmet baby portabella mushrooms, and ripe black olives. Satisfy herbivores and herbivoyeurs with a Tuscan Six-Cheese or Garden Fresh pie. The full list of specialty pizzas includes several more; take the hassle out of haggling over individual ingredients and boldly cast your straight-ticket ballot for the pizza party that your conscious dictates.
Far away from the honking cabs and aggressive balloon-hawking mimes of downtown, That's Amore Restaurant sits hidden amidst the lofty palm trees and sunny walkways of Harbour Island. Water taxis en route to the restaurant cruise across the Garrison Channel, drawing ever closer to the sight of the lush front patio and the aroma of sizzling garlic.
The source of the fragrance can be found within the restaurant's kitchen, where chefs are hard at work folding fresh seafood, chicken, and veal into the southern Italian dishes lauded by reporters from Creative Loafing as hearty and soul satisfying. Servers carry these dishes out into the bright dining room, where vibrant murals of rustic Italian cityscapes sweep across the wall and lofty windows reveal spectacular views of the downtown skyline. The restaurant plays host to live entertainment nightly, including piano and vocal performances and improvisational haikus from internationally renowned entertainers.