Clearwater Beach | Florida | Italian12 Jan 2005 10:44 am

Returning back to Clearwater Beach, at the end of my beach walk, noticed this “new” place and gave it a try. According to their menu, it is a family owned business (in the general area since 1981 though this location is a new one). Glad I discovered it.

I chose the salad to start with blue cheese dressing – fresh greens with just the right amount of dressing; it was a mild version and not overpowering. Good, hot mini bread loaf accompanied the salad with an olive oil dip. First wine choice was a Sangiovese.

The fettucini carbonara was quite good though a bit too rich – they should take note of Donatella’s and cut back on the cream – and portion size was just about right. The Chianti was the right choice with this dish. No time to look at the wine list, maybe next time when I’m not alone.

In conclusion, I must say that I will return whenever in Clearwater Beach. Though there seems to be a lot of development going on, it’s always nice to find a family owned business succeeding with so many franchises around.

My rating: Breads 3, Circuses 2.5, Value 2.5
Overall rating 8 out of 15

435 Mandalay Avenue (located across from the Hilton)
Clearwater Beach, FL
(727) 445-1155

www.forlinis.com

Florida | Italian | Tampa11 Dec 2003 03:44 pm

Though I generally do not like chains, the owner of Outback sees to it that this place prepares all dishes from scratch, and there’s not a microwave in the place (not true of most Outbacks).

Jan 2004 comment: sometimes too busy; food served lukewarm.
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11435 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa FL 33618
(813) 265-9844

www.carrabbas.com

Florida | New Port Richey09 Dec 2003 09:18 pm

OK, so if not in KC for BBQ, try this place.

pennies

4221 Little Road
New Port Richey FL 34655
(727) 376-BOSS (2677)

Florida | Tampa30 Oct 2003 05:44 pm

One-of-a-kind steakhouse. Take the tours.
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1208 South Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-2421