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Dio Modern Mediterranean brings that region to Downtown Tampa

It all started from a simple IG DM. The folks at Dio Modern Mediterranean got in touch with me and wanted to set up an interview to talk. Of course, I’m always down for a quick chat. I met up with owner Mary Khabbaz last week to learn more about the story of Dio Modern […]

Palm Harbor’s Giovanni’s Fresh Italian Kitchen is one big, happy family

It isn’t too often you find a restaurant solely by one family. When I met up with the DeLisa family a couple weeks ago, I could tell they were on to something different. They aren’t new to family-ran restaurants either. From 2007-2010, they ran 2 locations of their previous eatery My 7 Kids in Palm […]

Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria brings family dining to South Pasadena

Just from interviewing Vincent “Vinny” Fortunato at his new restaurant Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, it’s clear he loves the people and the people love him. In 4 decades, he’s opened and sold numerous restaurants so the process isn’t new to him at all. In my latest Creative Loafing article, I had the opportunity to […]

Where to eat in Tampa for Christmas

It’s Christmas-time and so much is going on in our worlds right now. We’re all running around like chickens with our heads cut off making sure everyone is getting the gifts they want. One other thing we have to worry about: Christmas dinner.  If you haven’t made dining plans for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, […]

XT Munchies is newest member to Xtreme Tacos family

I’ve been obsessed with Xtreme Tacos for a couple years now. Every now and then Robert and I Last time I met up with owners Sofie and Uzi, they were in the process of moving the popular taco spot and running their food truck. Life happens so while we all wait on pins and needles […]