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Meet the Chef St Pete – IL Ritorno with Candice Aviles

Here at St. Petersburg Foodies, our favorite new restaurant related TV Show is "Meet the Chef", starring CBS Tampa Bay News Anchor Candice Aviles. Meet the Chef is an online show where the first season of eight episodes focuses solely on St. Petersburg, FL restaurants—just like us! Nice! Episode 1 features one of our favorite…
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IL Ritorno Does it Again: Tequila Pairing Dinner

There's nothing wrong with doing tequila shots and munching on tacos, chips and guacamole ... but that's not what this tequila dinner was about. Unfortunately, that's how too many people solely think of tequila, but there's more to it than that. [caption id="attachment_9958" align="alignnone" width="2048"] IL Ritorno's Famous Focaccia Bread[/caption] This spirit is strictly from…
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The Return of IL Ritorno – Downtown St. Pete 2018

IL Ritorno is back! Actually, they've been back since December 27th, but we finally got a chance to check out the new space on Valentine's Day. They closed during the last quarter of 2017 to expand, nearly doubling their size, adding two more dining areas, an open kitchen, chef's bar, and full liquor. More details…
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IL Ritorno Launches Spirit Pairing Series Starting with Tequila

IL Ritorno will host a dinner once a month with a five-course tasting menu created to pair with the designated spirit. (The series runs from February to May.) February's dinner pairs with Lunazul Tequila. Lunazul means "Blue Moon", and this tequila has a 250-year history. Joining Chef David is Lunazul's master distiller, Francisco Quijano. He'll…
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10 Best Romantic Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL 2018

Best Restaurants for Valentine's Day & Other Romantic Jaunts Whether you're a guy or a gal, it never hurts to have a handy list of romantic restaurants at your fingertips. Valentine's Day is one of the biggies, but there are also anniversaries, birthdays, Mother's Day, and other holidays. What makes a restaurant romantic? For our…
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Seafood Brodetto at IL Ritorno Downtown St. Pete

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,…
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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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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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10 Best Romantic Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL 2017

Best Restaurants for Valentine's Day & Other Special Occasions Valentine's Day is right around the corner, plus there's almost always something to celebrate; like birthdays, anniversaries ... or a "just because" romantic dinner, or maybe a second or third date. (Don't get too romantic on a first date. It's creepy.) If you're looking for strictly…
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