Chefs at La Casa Della Pasta embellish pastas, gnocchi, and desserts made in-house with handfuls of imported Italian ingredients, including eggplant and mozzarella. As owner Enrique Tangari told the Tampa Bay Times in 2011, "I import everything, flour, water, tomatoes, cheeses … to make any kind of pasta dish you want, on the menu or not." His commitment to imported flavor also extends to the restaurant's drink menu, which features wines made from such traditional Italian varietals as pinot grigio, sangiovese, and nebbiolo, as well as beers with suspiciously small amounts of fermented grape juice.
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.
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.
Domani Bistro Lounge firmly subscribes to the old adage, “Non si vive di solo pane (One does not live by bread alone.).” And why would you when Domani Bistro Lounge offers such delectable delights as Pulpo Confit (preserved octopus, smoke onion remoulade, and crustini), Thai Chili Duck “Confit” (crispy-skin duck rubbed with lavender honey, herbed couscous, and haricot verts), and Shrimp and Gnocchi (shrimp, prosciutto chips, arugula, topped with a sweet soy). If those choices seem too exotic for your taste, Domani’s extensive menu is sure to have something that will tickle your fancy. For an authentic dining experience, visit Domani Bistro Lounge.
If you’re on the search for a go-to Italian restaurant in the Tampa area, this is a good place to start. The casual, comfortable environment will make you feel at home, and the wait staff is always available to ensure that your dining experience is one to remember. Try the Fried Ravioli, which are overflowing with a healthy supply of delicious cheeses. Taste a house specialty such as Mama Mary’s Meatloaf (ground beef, veal, pork and a variety of spices) or combine flavors with one of the Italian Samplers. Try to stop by on Wednesday, when the full selection of craft beers are available for just $2.50 all night long.
At CDB's Pizza & Italian Restaurant, the chefs compose dishes inspired by Italy's simple, rustic meals. The menu includes options such as stuffed ravioli, spaghetti with meatballs, and leaning towers of pizza. Visitors can also dine on American favorites, such as CDB's signature wings, and stacked club sandwiches.