3215 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33629
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
Spartaco Giolito, is one of Tampa's warmest, most lovable Italian restaurateurs, is back in his original space. Named for his mother, Natalina, it's something new. As the Italian word "osteria" suggests, it is a more casual spot - a shorter menu and emphasis on daily specials; no bottle of wine over 30 bucks. Seafood dishes feature prominently, reflecting the food of his coastal Italian hometown of Rimini. In other words, a more rustic, less expensive eatery in the Italian osteria tradition. It seems perfect for these times. A comforting bowl of pasta e fagioli, steam rising, meal-like in its crowd of beans and veggies, followed by a generous bowl of delicious housemade strozzapreti.