Much like many other eateries during the global coronavirus crisis, "Donatello's Italian Kitchen" has seen a significant decline in revenue since the coronavirus pandemic began. But that hasn't stopped the Carmel business from helping its community, one program at a time. "We're expanding our circle of help," Adam Aasen, co-owner of Donatello's Ita...

Time to add a new brunch joint to your list. Italian restaurant Olivia (stylized "OLIVIA") has launched weekend brunch service (Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.), and the menu has the three sections: Sweet & Savory, Eggs & Folds and Crostinos (loaded toast). One of the three Sweet & Savory dishes is an Italian toast with almond, fresh berries, pa...

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria founder Dan Bavaro and Front Burner Brands restaurant group are collaborating on a new Italian fast-casual restaurant opening in New Tampa in late spring. Construction on Oronzo Honest Italian began Jan. 10 at 18027 Highwood Preserve Parkway, just off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard near Interstate 75 in The Walk at Hi...

Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge owner James DeVito is going back to basics with his next downtown Tampa restaurant: DeVito’s Italian Specialties. Debuting in February, the sophisticated full-service newcomer at 200 N Tampa St. will serve a menu of classic Italian cuisine, with a focus on guest interaction. “What I enjoy most about owning restaurants i...

From the looks of it, this story represents the American Dream – fulfilled. Three young Italian buddies opened their first ice cream shop, Gelato-go, at 458 Ocean Drive in sunny South Beach on January 18th, 2013. Their Gelato Master learned his Italian gelato-making skills from his father and his family – who have been in the business for over 80 y...

As an omnivore facing a vegan menu, I always bring in a ringer. Unlike sports when that’s cheating, in the world of food criticism it’s more like having a translator in a foreign country. I’ve studied the “phrasebook,” I know the universal design symbols so I can find the toilet, but help is needed to get the jokes.  Chef/owner Greg Koodish and his...

Fazoli’s – the renowned, Lexington-based brand known for serving up premium Italian dishes at a great value – continues to expand its Florida footprint as the brand brings its craveable dishes to Tampa. Fazoli’s President and CEO Carl Howard announced today that the company has executed an area development agreement with Franchisee Carlos L. Saenz...

At Rocca, there are at least three different types of olive oil. There’s a Ligurian version, a golden elixir that’s floral and soft. There’s a Sicilian oil that’s deeply aromatic with an almost spicy finish. And then there’s the Spanish Venta del Baron, an award-winning pale green oil that’s fruity and herbaceous and comes draped over a plate of ha...

2019 has undoubtedly been a very positive year for the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. First of all, the Chamber was able to reach the highest number of members in 28 years of its history – an all-time record of 300 corporate members. In addition, thanks to the efforts of our local coordinators and the support of the Consulate General of Italy,...

The latest project from three local restaurateurs — Chris and Michelle Ponte, of Clearwater's Cafe Ponte and Hyde Park's On Swann, and their son, JT Mahoney — makes its debut when a new South Tampa Italian restaurant, Olivia, opens next week. Olivia — located at 3601 W. Swann, where Carmel Kitchen closed in August 2018 — has been in the works since...