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Italian restaurant returns

Published Sep. 2, 2005

Garofalo's Ristorante & Pizzeria has been reborn, minus the ristorante.

That means the loyal diners who enjoyed Garofalo's pizza, cheesecake, Italian entrees and sandwiches for nine years can taste them again after a three-year hiatus. But they can't taste them at Garofalo's.

"We're takeout and delivery only," said owner Dennis Garofalo.

The new address, next door to a Winn Dixie, is 2552 E Bearss Ave. That's two blocks west of the old address, which became a Beef O'Brady's after Garofalo's moved out in 1999.

The move came amid a family crisis, Garofalo said. A fire that started in the cruise control of Garofalo's car spread into the family's house off Livingston Avenue and gutted it. Garofalo, meanwhile, was negotiating a lease renewal at the Palms Connection shopping center.

"It was a lot of stress on me, and I just had to get out," he said.

Now the house has been rebuilt. Garofalo's opened March 15.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. The phone number is 866-3388.

Garofalo said the menu essentially is the same as before. Gone are some seafood dishes and others with fragile marsala or lemon sauces, which might break down during a drive home.

"All the Italian things are still here," he said.


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Outback Steakhouse opened March 5 at 11950 Sheldon Road. The chain serves steaks, lamb, chicken and shrimp "on the barbie." Hours are 4 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 920-3100.


Pizza parlor opens

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_ If you know of a business that is opening, closing or moving, please contact Eve Leberson at North of Tampa, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. Phone: 269-5302. Fax: 269-5310, e-mail