👋 Selene here! Yes, I eat food too.
I don't usually drive over the bridge for lunch, but when I do, the food better be worth it. And Casa Santo Stefano in Ybor is totally worth it.
- The Sicilian restaurant is less than a year old and is owned by the Gonzmarts, who also own Columbia Restaurant and Ulele.
Details: Housed in a century-old macaroni factory with photos of Sicilian families from the area on every wall, the environment is warm and comforting.
- And the rooftop bar also looks like a blast for nights out.
But honestly, I'd sit on the floor of an abandoned Sears if it meant I could still get the same Casa Santo Stefano food.
- Don't skip classic Sicilian appetizers like the arancini and scachatta.
- Star of the show: Seafood pasta. The noodles are imported from Sicily, along with almost everything from the restaurant that isn't house-made — including the water.
Dish du jour: The house-made squid ink noodles in the Spaghetti al Negro con Polpo were melt-in-your-mouth amazing. The dish is worth every cent of its $32 price tag. For a more economical option, try Zappone's Linguine con Vongole ($18) for another satisfying seafood pasta.
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