1702 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Ybor City
Back in the '90s, Bernini's lionhead roared with hipness, and it's still king of this jungle. The old gold interior is comfy now, the service is both old-pro and young. The menu's modern standards of crisp pizzas, rustic pastas and smart salads make it a fine room for dealmaking dinners or urbane lunches. The bar scene: Pull back that dragonfly door handle and enter a world more sophisticated than most of the joints on the Ybor strip. The renovated bank building from Ybor's cigar heyday boasts marble floors, burnished red paint and mini chandeliers. Bernini's hosts a standard beer selection and killer martinis and the opportunity to hobnob and sip scotch with Tampa's elite and listen in on sordid gossip.