Casa Santo Stefano Is A Local Treasure

Apr 06, 2021 449

BY: Kimberly McAvoy

Tampa Bay Food Tours is infatuated Casa Santo Stefano. Housed in a former 1925 Ybor City Ferlito Macaroni Co. factory, Casa Santo Stefano pays a fond tribute to Sicilian food. Richard Gonzmart 4th generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group knew he wanted to share the food he grew up eating at childhood friends' homes.

Those Nana-cooked meals provide the inspiration for the pastas, sauces and seafood featured at Casa Santo Stefano. Not just Sicilian, but Tampa Sicilian! The menu pays tribute to the wave of Sicilian immigrants who – along with the Cubans and Spanish – helped build Tampa and Ybor City after coming to America looking for a better life. Specifically, a huge percent 60% of the Sicilians in Tampa came from Santo Stefano Quisquina area. 

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