Benedetto’s Ristorante Italiano – The Best Italian Restaurant in Tampa You Can’t Afford to Miss

What will you do if you want to taste authentic Italian cuisine? First option is you should be born in Italy or should travel to Italy. However, if this is not possible, head to Tampa. Why? it’s because there is an authentic Italian restaurant there named Benedetto’s Ristorante Italiano or just Benedetto’s which is the ultimate place where the dream of your taste buds will come true! Let me tell you more about this heaven of flavors.

Benedetto’s Ristorante Italiano is the best Italian Restaurant in Tampa, which can fulfill all your wishes to eat Italian delicacies made of seafood, pasta and beef. But it’s not only the lip-smacking food that makes this place attractive, but also the ambience created by the live entertainment they present from piano bar, on all days of the week. So, if you are like me to believe that only good food is not enough but it should be served in a great ambience, Benedetto’s is the place you should be in.

Imagine yourself and your dear ones sitting in a room which is filled with the “Rat Pack” era of Frank Sinatra and the old-worldly charm of New York style Italian setting. Are you feeling great? You should! And this is where Benedetto’s stands out among the crowd.

cheeses with Foi Gras at Benedetto's


The greatly diversified menu is another quality that makes Benedetto’s stand apart. Whatever you have planned to eat while leaving your home or office to reach this restaurant, you will get it here. You will get Oysters, Shell Fish, Lobsters, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Crab, Grouper, Salmon, Wild Games and Angus Steaks, Pastas, Pizzas, Veal and Chicken, Soups and Salads, and countless appetizers, gluten-free dishes, traditional dishes and side dishes. Plus there is a special menu for children. In short, Benedetto’s is an ideal place to get fine food for people of all tastes and age groups.

Mussels at Benedetto's

Why Benedetto’s is So Exclusive?

Benedetto’s is owned and operated by a chef who knows what people love. Besides he keeps in mind that the fresh the food, the more appealing it is to one’s taste buds. That’s why, he has been honored with numerous awards and tributes. Benedetto gives a lot of importance to freshness of food, whether it is seafood, beef, poultry, dairy or vegetables and fruits, he is keen about bringing it to his kitchen directly from the place of their origin. Their lobsters, clams and scallops come straight from Maine’s Booth Bay Harbor, their Groupers come from Florida coast, their Pink Florida Shrimp (Pink Hoppers) come from the gulf of Florida, their steaks come from The Midwest U.S.A. from livestock strictly kept protected from harmful chemicals and fertilizers and their greens come from their own micro green soil farm! They don’t believe in refrigerating food (especially any meat), so bring it fresh from the farm and straight to your plate. What’s more, their pasta is made and rolled with hand, and is treated with love. No wonder, you can then enjoy the optimum quantity of juices these foods have in them to your real satisfaction.

House Salad at Benedetto's

One more factor that makes Benedetto’s exclusive is the prompt and polite service. Remember, a restaurant is not only about good food. You can enjoy the food only if you see that the attendants are happy with your arrival and eager to welcome you and do whatever that can delight you. While you know that it’s a part of professionalism, it pleases you always. This welcoming and polite nature is seen at Benedetto’s and makes the restaurant a fun and delightful place to spend a romantic morning, afternoon or evening.

Some Exquisite Dishes at Benedetto’s

Here are some dishes for which Benedetto’s is known for. Reading the description, you will fall for them and realize why you should visit this best restaurant in Tampa.

Lobster Pasta: Hope you love lobster as well as pasta. How about a combination of the two? Crisp golden succulent lobsters rolled all over with silky smooth pasta, garnished with fresh broccoli, with a tangy flavor enriched with superb manier liquor and generous cream, that melts in your mouth – this is certainly something appealing! Shouldn’t you try this?

Lobster Pasta at Benedetto's

Ben Dip: A specialty of Chef Ben, Ben Dip is actually a resultant of a mistake! The stuffing for a fish was made too loose and so, Ben made it into a dip and today it’s one of their best selling appetizers. The ingredients will amaze you – it’s made up of crab meat, lobster meat, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, scallions, spinach, red onions and artichokes topped with mozzarella and Alfredo sauce, baked in oven and served with crustinis for dipping.

Benedetto Dip

Oyster Benedetto: Made from the freshest blue point oysters, Oyster Benedetto are topped with sautéed spinach, caramelized onion, mozzarella cheese, Maple wood bacon and a creamy garlic Alfredo. I see your mouth has started watering, even mine here!

Here I should tell something more about Benedetto’s oysters which are premium Blue Point Oysters with rich flesh and salinity levels that are just rightly flavorful.

Oyesters at Benedetto's

Veal Franchese: Again a combination of our two favorite foods, chicken or veal, and egg, Veal Franchese is made with a layer of egg batter around chicken or veal, topped with chopped tomatoes or capers, served in the right amount of tartness of white wine butter lemon sauce!

Brick Oven Toasted Pizza: Are you fond of ‘smoked’ dishes? You will get all your ‘smoky food’ dish dreams come true at Benedetto’s because here you get a pizza toasted in an authentic traditional brick oven. You will be delighted to read about the toppings! They are pepperoni, beef, sausage, red pepper, meatballs, black olives, bacon, bruschetta tomatoes, anchovies, caramelized onions, beefsteak tomatoes, ricotta, eggplant, fresh gluten-free mozzarella cheese, veal, chicken, and more!

Shrimp Primavera: If you love veggies or believe that you should also eat veggies and not only meat, here is Shrimp Primavera for you containing jumbo shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, artichokes, black olives, red peppers and mushrooms. Imagine all these sautéed in a white wine garlic oil sauce – real fun for your palate? Yes, certainly!

Shrimp Primavera at Benedetto's

All in all, you can imagine how Benedetto’s is the best Italian restaurant in Tampa and by now, you have made up your mind to visit it. So, have you got busy in finding the nearest free day and date?