Beach Drive’s Newest Eatery, Allelo Knocks it Out of the Park

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Beach Drive’s Newest Eatery, Allelo Knocks it Out of the Park

Beach Drive has a new restaurant to delight locals and tourists alike. Allelo is serving up dishes inspired by the regions near the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, which leaves open a multitude of cuisines. Their name “comes from the word allelomimesis which is the phenomenon of a group, such as birds, coming together to form a flock. The idea of gathering is echoed throughout our menu where items are meant for sharing with friends.” The menu is focused on small, tapas-style shared plates with a selection of pastas, flatbreads and a few large-format dishes.

Allelo is located in the spaces formerly occupied by Annata and Alto Mare, which were purchased from Kurt and Mary Cuccaro by Volet Hospitality Group, and local foodies Shawn and Jeanna Damkoehler. (The Cuccaro’s are still the owners of local iconic Italian marketplace, Mazzaro’s.)

Note: Volet Hospitality and the Damkoehlers also purchased 400 Beach Taphouse one block north of Allelo from longtime restaurateur Steve Whestphal.

We were delighted and honored to be invited to Allelo’s friends & family on September 15. They opened to the public this past Saturday on September 17, 2022.

Everything was top-notch – the service, food, and atmosphere. This is one of those places where you can tell that the people working there are not just doing it to pay the bills. They’re there because they wholeheartedly love what they do.

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East Coast Oysters
East Coast Oysters

The East Coast Oysters were delectable and fresh. We loved the mignonette with this as it wasn’t the standard bitey type. It was smooth, mellow, and slightly sweet. The ROFE Lanzarote 2020 was the perfect accompaniment to the oysters.

ROFE Lanzarote 2020
ROFE Lanzarote 2020
Allison pouring the Txacolina from the porrón pitcher.
Allison pouring the Txacolina from the porrón pitcher.

This was the first time we’ve seen a Txacolina on the sparkling wines section of the menu. We love this type of wine, but note that it is just lightly effervescent. It’s quite good, just don’t expect bubbles like you get from Champagne.

Cheese and Charcuterie
Cheese and Charcuterie

The cheese and charcuterie was wonderful with the meats being made in house. In the top center, we have dreamy large swiped dollop of succulent ‘Nduja. There will be a different daily house selection of cheese and charcuterie that will include three cheeses and two meats, some of which will be cured in-house.

The Perfect Bite
The Perfect Bite
Honeycomb
Honeycomb
Brûléed Goat Cheese with Fig Jam
Brûléed Goat Cheese with Fig Jam
The Perfect Bite II
The Perfect Bite II
Cauliflower - charred, crispy, creamy
Cauliflower – charred, crispy, creamy
Bone Marrow Flat Bread - parsley, capers, shallot, evoo
Bone Marrow Flat Bread – parsley, capers, shallot, evoo
Meatballs
Meatballs

The meatballs are special and unique. Instead of breadcrumbs, they have Freekeh. (I had to look it up. You should too.) Another cool thing about the meatballs is that they are elegant and rustic at the same time. I usually prefer a more rustic meatball over a fine soft one. Allelo’s had a fine texture to the meat, but also offered chunky bits of parsley, basil and garlic. They tasted fantastic, and the sauce was great too.

Radiatori Lamb Bolognese
Radiatori Lamb Bolognese

The Raditatori lamb bolognese with Pecorino-Romano and parsley – The name of this pasta shape translates to radiator as that is what it resembles, and it has such an orgasmic mouthfeel. The dish was scrumptious.

Eggplant
Eggplant

Eggplant – hummus, gigandes beans, citrus yogurt. This was really good, but it had tough competition from the meat and seafood dishes. Check out the cool little crosshatch scoring on the eggplant.

Scampi
Scampi

Scampi – squid ink linguine. rock shrimp, broccolini, botarga, panko. This was the star dish of the night. (I had to look up botarga. You should to. If you do, then we’ll know you’re a true foodie.)

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Black Slate Escaladei 2019
Black Slate Escaladei 2019
Sommelier & GM, Michelle Richards pouring a very special wine
Sommelier & GM, Michelle Richards pouring a very special wine

Sommelier & GM, Michelle Richards pouring a very special wine – Black Slate Escaladei (Vi di la Vila) – a Spanish Grenache that grows in unique black volcanic soils and has long, hot summers. The taste was divine.

As I said in the beginning, Allelo was a fantastic experience by all measurements. They have a top-notch team. We highly recommend them.

Here are some outdoor shots, and the menu as well.

Allelo Outside Seating
Allelo Outside Seating
Allelo Host Stand
Allelo Host Stand
Allelo Entrance
Allelo Entrance

Allelo Menu Cocktails

Allelo Menu Raw Bar

Allelo Menu Tapas

Allelo Menu Flatbreads & Pastas

Allelo Menu Mains

Allelo
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  • Allelo
  • (727) 851-9582
  • Mediterranean, Seafood, Pasta
    • Tue - Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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  • Take Reservations: Yes!
  • 300 Beach Dr NE #128, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, US

Cuisines inspired by regions near the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea.

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