In Tampa, Beccofino is the place to go for this earthy Italian fare and amazing house-made cheeses. Don’t get us started on the mozzarella.
Coming from the gentle hillsides of central Italy, Tuscan food is characterized as rustic and elegant. The sauces are not heavy, but rather based on economical choices from what the land provides the chef.
Located at 5712 S. MacDill, this Italian Bistro is making everything from scratch, and – score – the owner confirmed they will soon be serving wine from a curated wine list!
An authentic Italian eatery
Of course, when most people think of Tuscan food they think of Bistecca Fiorentina (listed on the menu as Fiorentina ai Carboni), a beautiful hunk of meat – a big butt, 40 oz. porterhouse – topped with herbs and grilled to perfection, and, boy, does Beccofino deliver on this classic item.
However, one of the most exciting aspects of Beccofino might be their appetizers and charcutherie options.
The owner, Antonio Casamento, is a born cheese-maker (he actually used to own his own farm and buffaloes here in Florida) who has sold his own cheese at Tampa’s Sunday markets, and that deft hand is on display when you sit down at Beccofino. The charcutherie options boast housemade Buffalo Mozzarella, Scamorza, Toscana, Peppercorn cheese and a whole variety of rotating cured meats and seafood like Duck Prosciutto and Bottarga.
Experience house-made cheeses
But, the rest of the menu has real “old-world” Italian items that you would be hard-pressed to find at another restaurant. Tortelli del Mugello, a homemade ravioli with wild boar ragu, and, another crowd pleaser, Strozzapreti Burro & Salvia, which is a form of a dumpling in a spinach, butter and cheese sauce.
Beccofino also has classic Italian desserts like Sicilian Cannolis and Panna Cotta. If you are in the mood for some real Italian food, check them out.
Beccofino Italian Bistro at 5712 S. MacDill Avenue and open for dining reservations from 6pm to 10pm- Click here for more contact information.