Are you a fan of Italian food? You’ll love the spots around Tampa featuring delicious Italian cuisine in beautiful settings. You wouldn’t want to find yourself in a chain restaurant offering faux Italian courses, but rather you’re like most Italians that take their cuisine very seriously.

You can get your three courses of “il primo,” “il secondo,” and desserts at specialty Italian restaurants in the area that bring a taste of Italy to you in bistros, restaurants, and trattorias. Take a look at these top choices for great Italian food in the area that won’t disappoint.

Sea Guini – 430 South Gulfview Blvd, St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Stop out to Clearwater’s Opal Sands Resort to experience some amazing cuisine for Italian food fans. You’ll find excellent breakfast and brunch options, but many stop in for the Italian fare in Sea-Guini, the in-house restaurant offering Italian while overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. You can find dishes available for lunch and dinner, along with a wonderful wine list and artisanal cocktails.

Order the antipasti, pizzas, and bruschetta with a salad for lunch, while dinner will offer exciting menu highlights including signature pastas, seafood, chicken, and meat options. Try the penne alla vodka which includes the homemade penne, the creamy tomato cream sauce, sweet fennel sausage, heirloom tomatoes, and more.

Mazzaro Italian Market – 2909 22nd Avenue N, St. Petersburg    

When you’re ready to cook an amazing Italian meal right at home, go to the Mazzaro Italian Market to stock up on all of the essentials. You’ll find fine cheeses with over 300 selections from around the world, wines, baked breads from the brick oven, and more.

You’ll find handmade pastas along with fresh seafood and meats for the perfect meal. Stock up on finely roasted coffees and take a seat on the charming patio while enjoy hot or cold sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch.

Alfano’s – 1702 Clearwater – Largo Rd, Clearwater

For an old-fashioned bistro experience, check out Alfano’s in Clearwater. It’s a family-owned business that has been serving classic Italian dishes since the 80’s. you can get your three-course meal for a great price while enjoying a glass of wine from the “Wine Spectator” honored list.

You can also find basics for lunch or dinner include the Italian wedding soup, paninis, spinach pie, manicotti, and your favorite Italian comfort foods.  You’ll also love the martini list and the live music throughout the week!

Pia’s Trattoria – 3054 Beach Blvd S, St., Petersburg / Clearwater

For a trattoria experience, go to Pia’s on Beach Blvd South in St. Pete’s/Clearwater. You’ll notice the Italian village ambiance with its Old World charm and cozy brick patio in Gulfport. Enjoy delicious paninis, hearty pastas with your favorite sauces, and fresh salads every day. For dinner, you may want to try the heavier dishes like veal, chicken, and mussels, or taking advantage of the daily specials. You can get your favorite antipasti’s and insalatas every day too. You can’t beat the secret Neapolitan green pesto pasta when you stop in.

There is no shortage of Italian restaurants in Tampa but these are some of the best. Stop out to these locations for your three-course meal and classic Italian fare.



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