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“Excellent Early Dinner Experience... Extensive menu; great food preparation/presentation/service; outstanding value”

Gratzzi Italian Grille
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Ranked #18 of 961 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 2nd Ave South
Description: If you're craving classic Italian food in a classy environment, Gratzzi Italian Grille is the place to eat. Choose from your favorite sultry pasta, meat dishes, including chicken, seafood and veal among others. Gratzzi's menu offers an array of feasts to satisfy your Italian cravings, which also includes classic insalatas and paninis for lunch and dinner.
Reviewed April 3, 2014


Our party of four had tickets for an evening Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. We decided to dine early and selected Gratzzi Italian Grille which is located a scant 1 ½ miles from the stadium... which proved to be a really great decision. The regular dinner menu looks really tempting, but we discovered that seven days a week, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Gratzzi also offers a $14 Early Dinner menu.

All four of us habitually quickly scan and then decide to ignore Early Dinner (a.k.a. Early Bird) menus... because those menus often present limited choices, small portions and quality not reflective of the full dining menu. Quite the contrary at Gratzzi. The Early Dinner had ten really tempting entrees, with a wide range of choices; and all Early Dinners include ciabatta bread, a choice of house salad or “pasta e fagioli soup”, and chef's dessert. And by the way, happy hour $3 house wine, $3 beer and $3 well drinks. One of us also ordered a single appetizer from the regular menu... calamari steak agricolo which includes dry figs, cherry peppers, garlic, balsamic and honey. Creative and a great success. We also decided to forego the happy hour bargains and shared a bottle of wine chosen from the regular menu wine list.

The ciabatta bread was placed on the table as soon as we sat down... a sizable fresh, tasty loaf accompanied by olive oil and a side dish of herbs... and also a side dish of butter. None of us chose the soup so cannot describe. But the Gratzzi house salad was sizable and a creative combination of greens, onion, chick peas, et al. ; a small work of art. Our four entree choices included steak in a marsala wine sauce, baked stuffed shrimp, an indescribably buttery, tasty penne pasta dish, and mahi mahi with sauteed spinach, mushrooms, scallions, cashews and lemon. All four dishes were large portions, all excellently prepared and a delight to the eye. Our chef's dessert was a cannoli. (Earlier early diners were served crème brule, but the kitchen had run out by the time we were ready for dessert.)

Last but not least, service was friendly and attentive throughout. We will definitely return to explore the regular dinner menu when we are next in St Pete.

One small note... just checked the web site.... the posted menus are not quite current. E.g., the Early Dinner menu does not include a couple of the entrees that we enjoyed; and as stated above, the current Early Dinner price is $14, not $13. But those observations are mere nits. We highly recommend Gratzzi Italian Grille.

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Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Our hotel recommended this restaurant and it was busy when we arrived and noisy. We guessed that it must be good and were not disappointed. The food tasted fresh and was tasty. The service was good and our waitress very helpful.

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Recently ate at Gratzzi on a lovely Saturday evening. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather while eating one of the best Italian dinners I've had since moving to Florida. The most difficult part of the dinner was deciding WHAT to have! The menu guarantees that you'll want to come back to try every dish! The dinner was delicious, the service excellent, and the entire experience was like being in Northern Italy!

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Thank catander
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

A great dining experience. The restaurant was so close to our hotel we all walked over. We were seated promptly with plenty of room at our table.
I think we ordered everything on the menu, there was so much food. Appetizers were awesome, calamari was soon good. I had scallops for dinner. They were cooked perfect. Wine selections were good!
You must try this for yourself, you won't be disappointed!

Thank MorningGirl1
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

This my 2nd review of Gratzzi Italian Grille. This has to be "the" best Italian restaurant in St Petersburg and possibly in all of Florida! It's small, intimate and friendly. Even the early specials are wonderful. I will only rave about one dish...as everything that my guests & I have had has been wonderful. If you should go you need to have the Cavatelli Bada Bing: Homemade ricotta cavatelli flambe' inside a padana parmesan wheel with prosciutto, frsh tomatoes, basil & vodka....all made at your table by Dominick the owner. I wish I could post the video I took of him making it. I may put it on Youtube. Try the Gratzzi Italian Grille and enjoy PS: DO NOT PARK IN THE SHOPPING CENTER PARKING LOT!!! They have free parking across the street for you

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Thank Rod K
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