A new Italian Restaurant with New York Charm opening just outside Tampa

Photo of a shrimp and penne pasta dish

Santelli Pizza + Pasta is a family-owned, Italian restaurant brimming with New York charm. One slice of Santelli’s classic Long Island-style pizza is all you need to be completely enamored with the concept. This is the type of restaurant that will make you feel like you’re a part of the family. Everything you enjoy is made in hours by Ralph Santell and his family. 

The Italian-American family is a group of food lovers who “live for a serious bowl of spaghetti and meatballs followed by two scoops of chocolate gelato,” according to the website.  

They will be incorporating wine, beer, pizza, and pasta dishes into their menu, but the final version has yet to be announced. Their website promises food that “will make you want to kiss your fingers and open them to the sky.”

The restaurant was originally slated to open in April, but the debut was pushed back due to the global situation. An officially opening date is still TBA, but you can follow Santelli’s on social media for updates.

Currently, they are “under construction, perfecting grandma’s red sauce recipe and flexing our interior design muscles.” 

When they open, this soon-to-be favorite can be found at the Starkey Ranch Plaza located at 13557 State Road 54 Odessa, Florida 33556.

Tentative hours once open are Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 9pm and Friday – Saturday, 11am – 10pm