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“Cozy and delicious”
Review of Il Ritorno

Il Ritorno
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Ranked #70 of 902 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
St. Petersburg, Florida
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cozy and delicious”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

This small casual fine dining restaurant is the gem of downtown st pete. Beach drive may be where the big, well known places are, but this cozy place on central avenue may be the best of the bunch. It's only a matter of time before everyone has heard of il ritorno

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  • English first
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English first
St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Italy for an evening”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We went last night for husband's birthday dinner. Service was personal and added greatly to the occasion. Our daughter had called ahead and ordered us a bottle of very nice Chianti Classico. Their wine list is well rounded and reasonably priced. We ordered and shared an appetizer, broiled octupus; a primi, squid ink cappelini with lobster and a kick of jalepeno -- perfectly cooked, both of them. We shared the porchetta main course, which my Croatian, meat-loving husband says was as good as eating a perfectly cooked serving off the spit. Bread was fresh and great with the basil oil served alongside, and although we had no room left, desserts look yummy. Our only complaint was that it is quite noisy, what with tile floors and high ceilings, but we weren't bothered over-much by that. A lovely evening, and yes, we will "ritorno."

  • Visited July 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Save Room for Dessert”
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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Best Italian Restaurant in Pinellas County!”
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
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Sarasota, Florida
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“We will return to Il Ritorno”
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
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