St. Petersburg Restaurant Reviews, Restaurant News, Recipes

IL Ritorno Ramps Up Their Spring Menu

It's no secret that since the first time we went to IL Ritorno in the summer of 2014 that I fell in love and that has never changed. Here is the first review I ever wrote about IL Ritorno. The quality of the ingredients and Chef David Benstock's ingenuity with those ingredients keeps the ever…
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Celebrate National Foodies Day on May 9th

For a Federal holiday to be declared, we need an Act of Congress to be signed by the President. For National Foodies Day to be declared, we need an Act of Foodies to be eaten up by chefs, restaurants, home cooks, barbecue aficionados, and food bloggers nationwide. National Foodies Day has its own website at…
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Chef David Benstock of IL Ritorno to Cook at James Beard House

Co-owner and executive chef of IL Ritorno, David Benstock, revealed today that he has been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. The Beard House is an extension of the James Beard Foundation (JBF), and only a handful of chefs from the Tampa Bay region have been invited to cook…
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The Galley Grub, Far Above Your Average Pub!

Last Thursday Kevin and I decided to have dinner at The Galley. The Galley opened on December 30th of last year. You can read all about The Galley Grand Opening here. It certainly opened with a splash and continues to stay busy and receive great reviews. The one thing that has held us back from making…
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April 2017 Caption Contest Sponsored by Hunger + Thirst Group

StPetersburgFoodies.com Cartoon Caption Contest Sponsored by Hunger + Thirst Group Welcome to the March 2017 Cartoon Caption Contest. Cartoonist Jerry King creates foodies cartoons exclusively for StPetersburgFoodies.com every month. Each month, one of the cartoons will be published without a caption so contest entrants can submit their own entries. Hunger + Thirst Group co-sponsors the…
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March 2017 Caption Winners Sponsored by Hunger + Thirst Group

We are pleased to announce the March 2017 winners for the StPetersburgFoodies.com Cartoon Caption Contest Sponsored by Hunger + Thirst Group, which includes these restaurants: The Avenue Eat + Drink, King's Street Food Counter, and Proper Kitchen & Cocktails. 1st Place - Lauren Doyle, St. Petersburg FL $75 Gift Card that can be used at…
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The Cider Press Cafe Has Some Hot New Menu Items

A couple of weeks ago we heard the news that Cider Press Cafe was going to be featuring some new hot, cooked menu items along with their favorite staples. Trying to incorporate a more comfort food feel that will appeal to a larger group of customers while staying true to their roots. We were invited…
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Nueva Cantina’s New Menu is Scrumpdillyicious

Nueva Cantina New Brunch & Dinner Menus March 2017 Nueva Cantina's new menus start today, March 27, 2017, and St. Petersburg Foodies were lucky enough to get a preview so we can tell you all about it. I have to tell you, we were blown away. I don't know how they can continue to keep…
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Feeling like Family at Sola Bistro & Wine Bar

Stephen and I recently dined at Sola with some friends on a Friday night. I was very excited to try it as I’ve heard great things from other people. I’m happy to say, it did not disappoint! When you walk in, it feels like you’ve entered someone’s home, and I’m not just talking about the coziness…
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Hawkers Offers a Tour of the Streets of Asia

Hawkers Asian Street Food Provides an Eclectic Mix of Asian Family Recipes of Old The Edge District of St. Petersburg just keeps getting better and better, and one of the hippest and tastiest places to eat and hangout is Hawkers Asian Street Fare. The St. Pete location has been open a little over a year…
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IL Ritorno to Double Its Space: New Layout, New Services

There is no other restaurant in all of St. Petersburg, let alone Downtown, that can be compared to IL Ritorno. The closest we have ever come was to go to Rome and Venice Italy. Needless to say, IL Ritorno is one of St. Petersburg Foodies most favorite restaurants. They do their own modern twists on…
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Carmelita’s Uses Family Recipes for Authentic Mexican

34-Years of Mexican Tradition & Growing the Family We have come to find that using the word "authentic" when it comes to Mexican food is the next worse thing to a political discussion these days. Suddenly, everybody and their chihuahua is an expert on what "real authentic" Mexican food is, and isn't, and gets all in…
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Cold Beet Borscht Recipe From My Mother’s Kitchen book by Mimi Sheraton

Borscht is a sour soup popular in several Eastern European cuisines, including Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Belarusian, Lithuanian, Romanian, and Ashkenazi Jewish cuisines. - Wikipedia. Beets for this refreshing cold soup were sometimes finely diced, other times coarsely grated. We liked best whichever we were being served, and I still alternate, indiscriminately. Canned beets can also…
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Eat These Words

To me, spring break means curling up with a great book on the beach with a boat drink in hand, virgin style, from the local juice bar. Here are some of my delicious recommendations, a savory selection of food writing from authors new and old. Some of my favorite authors include everything by M.F.K. Fisher,…
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