3705 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, FL 34677
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
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The charmer is clearly a labor of love, Fabrizia Cosenza (from Naples) and her husband Giuseppe (from Rome) creating a light, airy space that reads like someone's home, someone who really, really likes tables and chairs. One wall is a built-in bookshelf with pretty tchotchkes, the bartop is inlaid with blue and white hand-painted Italian tile, usually with a glass cake dome and fresh flowers arrayed just so. Fabrizia is the chef, so you don't see much of her. She's the pretty one in the floppy black chef's hat. Giuseppe and a small band of earnest young folks man the front of the house. Most nights, by the time dinner rolls around the pasta is already made, but you can see what earlier in the day transpired: A bright red mixer with a pasta attachment sits silent, beside it rows of pale yellow linguine draped over wooden dowels. Go for the housemade mozzarella balls, the housemade linguine with pesto or old-school roasted chicken cacciatora.
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-10p.m. Fri.-Sat.
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