BellaBrava, a popular Italian brunch spot, expanding with a new Lutz location

Interior of a large Italian Restaurant with an l-shaped bar, and rustic wooden stools. Leather booth seats can be seen in the background.
Inside BellaBrava's Midtown Tampa location | Photo via BellaBrava

BellaBrava first opened in the heart of downtown St. Pete more than a decade ago. It recently expanded to the booming Midtown Tampa neighborhood, and now the owners are ready to introduce the region to a third brick-and-mortar. The new BellaBrava will join The Hub at Bexley in the fall of 2023.

“We are so excited to announce that we are opening our THIRD location at @thehubatbexleyfl , this location is going to huge and we can not wait to be serving food with everyone in the Lutz area!,” wrote the owners in an Instagram announcement.

The menu is influenced by BellaBrava’s owners traveling throughout Italy sampling the best cheeses, pastas, herbs, meats, seafood and pizzas in the world. The result has been earning accolades, recognitions, and thousands of loyal followers. BellaBrava has been named as one of USA Today’s top 10 restaurants in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, earning Best of the Bay for Italian Restaurant, happy hour and wait staff, and was voted Best Restaurant Downtown St. Petersburg three years in a row.


Two cannoli on a plate. A slice of pizza being pulled from a plate.
Left: Cannoli; Right: Hot Italian Pizza | Photo via BellaBrava

Bellabrava brings Italian flavors to the Hub at Bexley

Serving up true Italian flavor, BellaBrava is known for using only the finest Old World herbs, spices, and cheeses and serving generous portions. Guests can expect to enjoy such signature drinks as a true Italian martini, main courses like hot Sicilian flatbread with Molinari pepperoni, hot capicola, genoa salami, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, asiago, Calabrian chili, oregano, and then choose from a menu of enticing deserts such as Chocolate Marsala Cake with Sea Salt Caramel Gelato. An extensive wine list, with nearly half being Italian, will complement the experience.

 The Hub at Bexley is a retail destination where guests can come to get away or get together. Visitors can choose to unwind under tree-lined spaces, brimming with indoor-outdoor shops, or energize their senses in one of The Hub’s atmospheric eateries. It’s meant to be a major shopping and dining destination, and Bellabrava seems to be a perfect fit.

A plat bof lasagna in meat sauce with green veggie garnishments.
Lasagna Bolognese – asiago cream, bolognese, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan | Photo via BellaBrava
A fried chicken sandwich on thick bread held over a plate of fries. A slice of tiramisu with a spoon holding a thick portion of it hovering above the dessert.
Left: Chicken Milanese sandwich; Right: Tiramisu | Photo via BellaBrava

Joining a sprawl of Tampa Bay standouts

Other eateries set to open in this same location are Grain and Berry (an açaí bowl restaurant), Taco Bus, Duckweed Liquors, Bubalicious, and The Poke Company.


Follow BellaBrava on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the restaurant.

The Hub at Bexley is located at 16950 Vibrant Wy

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