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IL Ritorno’s Chef David Benstock to Co-Host Exclusive Italian Food & Wine Cruise Experience

Local restaurateur and chef, David Benstock, announced Monday, November 18th, that he will join Eric Asimov, chief wine critic of The New York Times, and Arthur Schwartz, award-winning cookbook author, food editor, and restaurant critic, as a host on an immersive food and wine cruise in Southern Italy next fall.

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8 Delicious St. Petersburg Restaurants Open for Holiday Dining

St Petersburg Foodies Holiday Dining Guide

There’s much to love above the most wonderful time of the year – spending cherished moments with loved ones, celebrating traditions, unwrapping gifts and indulging in some of the year’s most anticipated dishes and recipes. With this overabundance of merriment, planning and preparation can become exhausting and redundant, to say the least. After multiple … Continue Reading

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Are You Ready To Rumble? “The Midnight Chef Fight” Series Begins This Saturday Night, May 4th

A take down in the ‘Burg…Spinning a take on the Esquire Network series, Knife Fight, IL Ritorno is bringing some Saturday night fun into our downtown culinary scene with their newest concept the “Midnight Chef Fight” series which will pit two Tampa Bay chefs against each other in an hour long, “after hours” cook-off to create the best dishes.

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What’s That You Say? IL Ritorno to Open on Sundays in the New Year…

That’s right! IL Ritorno will now be open on Sunday at 5:00, for dinner only (except for private events), starting on January 7th, 2019. So to thwart the inevitable question in advance, they will not be serving a brunch.

They have had such a high demand for Sunday reservations and are constantly having to turn away customers and parties on … Continue Reading

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Simmer & Sift with Chef David Benstock of IL Ritorno at the Museum of Fine Arts

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Back by popular demand…Simmer & Sift brings to life culinary masterpieces by the area’s hottest chefs. Chef David Benstock will be cooking at the last installment of the third annual Simmer & Sift event of 2018 hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday, September 26 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Chef David’s experience has come from working … Continue Reading

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An Exclusive Inside Look at the Exciting IL Ritorno Expansion and Renovations

IL Ritorno Expansion

IL Ritorno announced earlier this summer plans to expand their existing space to double the size. Originally they planned to close for just a few weeks with hopes to be done by the end of September. Hurricane Irma, however, had her own agenda. The restaurant had to close for the hurricane and then decided to just stay closed until the … Continue Reading

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Seafood Brodetto at IL Ritorno Downtown St. Pete

IL Ritorno - Seafood Brodetto

Everyday the type of seafood incorporated into this dish changes according to what is fresh. On this evening, the seafood was Clams, Mussels and charred Octopus accompanied by Preserved Tangerine, Celery Hearts and a dash of Chili. Poured table side over the dish was the sauce which Chef Dave describes as, “almost like a creamless, flourless chowder, but we’ve thickened … Continue Reading

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The Top 10 Best Upscale Casual Dining Restaurants in St Petersburg, FL by Local Foodies 2017

Editor’s Note: Here’s the UPDATED Best Upscale Restaurants in St. Petersburg FL 2019

If you google best restaurants in St Petersburg, FL, you are sure to find TripAdvisor and Yelp near the top with their auto generated lists. When I just did it, the top 10 list included a wine only bar with no food, Chick-fil-A, The Melting Pot chain … Continue Reading

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IL Ritorno Ramps Up Their Spring Menu

IL Ritorno - Cappelini Nero

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 evolving menu fresh and exciting.… Continue Reading

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Review of IL Ritorno’s Event with Green Bench Brewery – Collide

Written and Published on Facebook in the St Petersburg Foodies Restaurant Reviews Group by Josh Biskup on May 24th, 2016

I had wanted to check out IL Ritorno for some time, and once they announced their first beer pairing dinner with Green Bench Brewing, I had to go.

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IL Ritorno does Lunch…A review

IL Ritorno Lunch Smoked Shrimp

So when Chef Dave announced that they were going to open for lunch this week, August 15th – 19th, Kevin and I were thrilled!  Chef sounded invigorated and excited as he was telling us about some of the menu items.  They told us that they were going to see how lunch would go as they have never been open for … Continue Reading

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