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Cena

http://www.cena-channelside.com/

Categories: Bar, Restaurant

Cuisine: Italian

Features: Outdoor seating

Cost range: 20.01-100.0

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

More in this neighborhood: Channelside

The Grand Central in Tampa's vital Channel District has been up and running for a while. There's the Pour House and City Dog Cantina on one side of a central courtyard, and Stageworks Theatre and stylish little Cena on the other side. The dinner-only menu is resolutely Italian, but very personal: Start off with a small bowl of salted, warm housemade sunchoke chips while you consider whether to go with the mushroom arrancini or a hearty bacon and eggs, Italian style: a potato frittata paired with a thin, juicy plank of pork belly, both of them admirably showcased with a tomato vinaigrette. For entrees, the asparagus risotto is textbook and there's a gorgeous seared filet mignon napped with a little truffled cheese sauce and accompanied by roasted sunchokes and still-snappy skinny green beans and bits of pancetta. Still, you don't want to miss pastry chef Evan Schmidt's desserts, all little architectural wonders.
Hours:The bar opens at 4 p.m.; dinner service is 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Cena - Channelside