INTERBAY — An Italian renaissance is under way at the southern end of Bayshore Boulevard with the arrival of the Bake, a cafe and bakery, and Noi (translates as "us") Italian Kitchen and Bar.
Michael Adamo, who previously owned Cellini's and later Mario's Trattoria at the site, stayed on as a consultant to the new operators.
"The original entrance now leads to two entities," Adamo said.
The Bake serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — "98 percent made in-house," he said. "If it's not, it's the finest we can find to bring in, tomatoes from Italy and extra-virgin olive oil made from 100 percent Italian olives."
Breakfast features eggs Benedict, pancakes and French toast made with homemade Italian loaves, served with Lavazza coffee, cappuccino and espresso. The lunch menu lists salads, sandwiches, hot entrees and "old school artisanal pizza, slow risen and twice risen for a much lighter crunchier crust," Adamo said.
Over on the Noi side of the restaurant, the entire menu fits on an 8-foot chalkboard: "fresh fish, small plates, mix and match," Adamo said, plus beer and wine.
On Sundays, dinner is served family style for $16.99.
"Sit down and order what you want to drink and "stai zitto," close your mouth," Adamo said. Translation: You'll get whatever is prepared that evening, including antipasto, two kinds of pastas, chopped salad, chicken or fish, roasted vegetables and a traditional Sunday pork and pasta dish.
The Bake and Noi Italian Kitchen and Bar, 5427 Bayshore Blvd., are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Visit thebakeoftampa.com or call (813) 445-8877.
Adjustments offered at this new Joint
No insurance taken, none needed, say the franchisees at the Joint ... the Chiropractic Place, an affordable health care alternative that opened Oct. 1 in the Bay to Bay Centre.
The first visit is $19 for a walk-in appointment, where clients are registered and given a key tag to scan on future visits.
"Paperless, hassle free," said receptionist/marketer Amarelis Martinez. "Scan the tag and your name is entered in the system for the next available chiropractor."
A chiropractic adjustment takes five to 10 minutes and the benefits may improve arthritis, stress, migraines and overall pain relief, Martinez said. Licensed chiropractors help place the vertebrae into proper alignment.
Several monthly plans are available, starting at $59 for up to four adjustments and then $19 per visit after that. Without a plan, each adjustment is $29. "Other places," Martinez said, "routinely charge $55 to $155."
The Joint ... the Chiropractic Place, 3409 W Bay to Bay Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Visit thejoint.com or call (813) 839-8039.
Seamstress opens her own boutique
An aunt in the Philippines taught Amelia Pestrak how to sew and now she's turning that talent into a business making colorful clothing for children, plus a selection of women's skirts, blouses and sun dresses.
The seamstress from Pampanga, near Manila, opened Amelia's Abubut during the summer. The tiny boutique is tucked into a Henderson Boulevard retail strip just west of Swann Avenue.
"Handmade fashions, not expensive," Pestrak says, explaining the name "abubut" means accessories and "is easy to say."
Her husband, Walter Pestrak, is an architect and project manager for the University of South Florida.
Amelia's Abubut, 3644 Henderson Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and "sometimes till 6 p.m," she says, Mondays through Saturdays. Call (813) 513-2906.
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