From Dali and Cirque du Soleil to Picasso and even the World Shuffleboard Championships, St. Pete is no stranger to international headliners on the social calendar. This December, the holidays will bring yet another showstopping performer as the “Voice of Passion” Andrea Del Principe comes to The Palladium straight from Italy. Andrea Del Principe h...

He does it once again! The Italian American Society of St. Petersburg (IASOSP) elects Steve Dante as the club’s next president. Dante last served as IASOSP president in 2008-09. His presidency begins January 2024 and ends December 2025. Currently, he serves as the vice president and his wife Sharon Dante serves as president of the society. Original...

You cheddar believe it – an 837-pound block of cheese just got delivered to Mazzaro’s, and pretty soon, you’ll be able to hunk of it yourself at the Italian market. Typically, Mazzaro’s holds a ceremonial first cutting in early December, when the cheese will first become available for customers to buy. Stay tuned for updates, as this cheese is alwa...

One of the best parts of being a food writer are the restaurant recommendations I get from readers. I love hearing, “Oh my gosh, I know a place you have to try!” Or better yet, when readers tell me exactly where I need to go and what I should order. Some of my favorite eateries fell onto my radar simply by word of mouth. (And any small business own...

In a first for the neighborhood, a sparkling new steakhouse and bar is opening soon on 4th Street North, led by a star-studded team of chefs. Frankie’s Italian Chophouse has its official Grand Opening on July 1 at 8901 4th Street North. Promising a “classic meets modern” approach, Frankie’s will specialize in high quality steaks and meats, fine win...

Trying to keep track of all the new places opening in St. Pete lately is about as easy as counting seashells during a walk on the beach. But as so many new restaurants, bars and businesses pop up, we hold a special place for the ones who recognize that St. Pete, too, is a special place, and ingrain themselves in our growing community. One year ago...

Mazzaro’s Italian Market made headlines last year for its 854-pound block of cheese—and it’s once again unveiling another slab of the good stuff. The popular Italian market will slice into the massive block on Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. sharp (insert cheese pun here) Typically, a forklift is used to get the hunk of cheese into the market, located...

Chris Ponte launched his first restaurant, Café Ponte, in Clearwater in 2002. He quickly made a name for himself in Tampa Bay thanks to an extraordinary trail-blazing New American menu and impeccable service. However, after an 18-year run, Ponte decided to shutter the iconic fine dining restaurant citing a combination of COVID-19 issues and a diffi...

A flotilla of a half-dozen tall ships, including a replica of the iconic Santa Maria, will sail into the St. Petersburg waterfront for a festival onshore and off March 30-April 2. Tall Ships America, a nonprofit dedicated to maritime heritage and youth education, is bringing its annual tour of tall ships from across the country. This is the first t...

Forbici is one of the top spots in all of Tampa for fine Italian cuisine. The restaurant puts a modern twist on classic dishes, and offers up a sensational pizza in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village. This restaurant is part of Next Level Brands, a group headed up by prolific restaurateur Jeff Gigante. Next Level just recently opened Boulon Brasserie in Wat...