Ciccio Cali to open in place of the former Pei Wei on S Dale Mabry Hwy

Published March 12 2018
Updated March 12 2018

Sweet Soul just recently opened and now two more Ciccio Restaurant Group concepts have made their way to South Tampa and are slated to open this spring.

This includes a new Fresh Kitchen located at 4616 W Kennedy Blvd adjacent to the Fedex and Panera Bread which hopes to open by the end of this month, and a new Ciccio Cali in the former Pei Wei space at 217 S Dale Mabry Highway to open by May.

Both restaurants are health-centered with a quick-service emphasis on takeout and dining, offering online ordering and curbside pickup.

Ciccio Cali serves California inspired bowls from Asian-themed dishes to Mexican flavors, stir fry, brick oven pizzas, salads and fresh-made wraps all made to order for lunch, dinner and they have a weekend brunch where they also play live music.

Some signature dishes include the Spicy Brazilian, Mexican, Thai, Fajita or Southwest bowl where customers can choose between yellow, sticky or brown rice and their protein whether it be chicken, steak or tuna, or go vegetarian.

This is the fourth Ciccio Cali location joining Brandon, St. Petersburg and Tampa Palms, and Matt Lanza, brand president and founding partner, says this location will be different from the others.

"We are a local brand and create our menus for our Tampa neighbors. Chef Luis Flores likes each menu to cater to the guests of the local community therefore each menu has four to six unique items," said Lanza.

"Our menu offers flavors and inspirations from our travels: Latin, Asian and American inspired bowls, pokes, burgers, pressed wraps, pizzas and tons of vegetarian and gluten free options."

Prices range from $7 to $15

Ciccio Cali operates Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information call (813) 305-2473 or visit

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