IL Ritorno Modern Italian Restaurant Celebrates It's Second Year

Top Quote The restaurant's second-year anniversary celebration will take place at the restaurant's location, 449 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg, on Thursday, December 10th from 6-9p. The event will feature live music, $2 champagne, and passed hors d'oeuvres. End Quote
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (1888PressRelease) December 02, 2015 - IL Ritorno, a modern eatery known for its rustic Italian cuisine, is celebrating its second year with prestigious accolades. The family-owned operation is led by Executive Chef David Benstock, a world-traveled culinary visionary, and his wife, Erica Benstock, with the fundamental goal of sharing the flavors of Italy with his hometown of St. Petersburg, FL.

    The restaurant, voted as the '5th Best in Tampa Bay' and '1st in St. Petersburg' by Tampa Bay Times' food critic, Laura Reiley, has impressed the experience on the community. Along with its multiple accolades, IL Ritorno has participated in many prestigious local events; including the inaugural St. Pete Wine and Food Festival - an event catered to attract culinary aficionados and wine/beer enthusiasts in the area.

    Much of Chef David's culinary inspiration is drawn from his time spent in Italy, where he gained most of his knowledge on authentic Italian cuisine and techniques, as well as learning the remarkable importance of serving fresh, locally grown ingredients. With even the beer being locally brewed, IL Ritorno epitomizes keeping St. Petersburg local unlike any other restaurant in the area. Atypical to heavy Americanized Italian cuisine, Chef David's philosophy is that food should be fresh, exciting, textural and an all-around memorable experience.

    With two successful and prosperous years behind them, Chef Benstock and his wife, Erica feel extremely grateful with how Downtown St. Petersburg has welcomed IL Ritorno. "We feel honored to be part of the community, and we are extremely grateful for every one of the guests who dined with us this year," says Erica Benstock. "We're excited to see what 2016 has in store, and hope to continue inspiring our guests with new seasonal dishes and an exceptional experience."

    IL Ritorno has received multiple accolades since its opening in late 2013 - including Best of the Bay awards, features in ABC Action News, CBS, FOX's Good Morning Tampa Bay with Charlie Belcher, Bay Magazine and Creative Loafing, and the voting of the 5th best restaurant in Tampa Bay, and 1st in St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay Times.

    IL Ritorno: IL Ritorno brings a new taste of fresh Italian cuisine to the community by introducing new, interesting flavors and combinations that add elegance to a traditionally rustic genre. IL Ritorno is centrally located at St. Petersburg at 449 Central Avenue, Downtown St. Petersburg. For more information on IL Ritorno, including hours and catering services, please visit

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