3617 W Humphrey St., Tampa, FL 33614
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
What makes Iavarone’s endure is its palpable sense of history. Carmine and Frances Iavarone chucked their grocery business and started Carmine Restaurant in Tampa in 1948. Their kids carried on, opening Malio’s Restaurant and Lounge at S Dale Mabry and Azeele in 1969, Carmine’s on 7th in Ybor in 1989, and Iavarone’s in Carrollwood at Humphrey and Himes in 1993, in all, an awful lot of dining room real estate attended to by members of the Iavarone family. These days, Iavarone’s is overseen by the third generation, young Rico and Carmine serving steaks and generous Italian classics to a fair number of celebs and sports legends in addition to the general public. Portions are ample, prices are reasonable and the low-lit wooden booths have some romantic panache.