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“Save Room for Dessert” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Ritorno

Il Ritorno
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Ranked #59 of 893 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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148 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Save Room for Dessert”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Our party of 3 had: seasonal salad, mussels, caprese, short rib mezzaluna, yellowtail snapper, and scallops. Everything was excellent and the server was knowledgeable and helpful with wine selections. We ordered one dessert to share (the peach/pistachio cake), finished it, then ordered another one! Would have been 5 star if the hostess (who is, I believe, also an owner) was a little friendlier. But still a delicious meal. We all agreed we will be back.

Visited July 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
St. Petersburg, Florida
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best Italian Restaurant in Pinellas County!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

What a fabulous meal! Their Octopus Puttanesca is to die for...super tender & flavorful. Lovely modern setting with some of the best Italian food I've had outside of Italy. Don't miss their mezzaluna pasta or the incredible tiramisu. Excellent wine selection by the glass. Can't wait to go back!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sarasota, Florida
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131 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“We will return to Il Ritorno”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Friends invited us to join them for dinner after their neighbors raved about their meal at Il Ritorno. We were not disappointed. The menu is limited, and everything we tried was exceptional. We decided the chef was wisely focusing a a smaller number of outstanding items. Not only was the preparation beautiful, but the food was scrumptious. From the grilled octopus to baby beet appetizers, to the incredible duck breasts, to the absolutely outstanding pistachio cake with gelatto and sorbet, all of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We have lived in the area of many years, and this is one of the finest meals I have enjoyed in St. Pete. Reservations are strongly recommended because it is becoming very popular for a very good reason.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
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106 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“FINALLY...superb Italian food in the BURG!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Homemade pasta, delicious Cobia, we wanted to lick our plates by the end of the meal.
The service was perfect, the wine just right and a delicious chocolate desert with espresso to finish off a perfect dining experience! We have been so inundated with the "Bahama Bill" style Italian restaurants here this place is like an oasis in the desert.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
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“A gem on Central Avenue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

My wife and I shared a bottle of excellent of wine with dinner. The waiter had very nice wine knowledge and paired it well with our meals. The atmosphere was quant and romantic. We both loved our dinners and the service. Our server and server assistant did an outstanding job. I could see other tables were equally impressed with their servers as well.

Visited June 2014
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