Mole Y Abuela to open this weekend in Tampa


Mole Y Abuela is the latest restaurant concept from Fabio Viviani and Nocturnal Hospitality Group, the minds behind the Franklin Manor and Osteria Bar + Kitchen downtown. Boasting a menu brimming with old world Spanish flair with a South American twist, the restaurant owners have been teasing dishes as they prepare to officially open the restaurant.

Good news, Tampa diners, the Mole Y Abuela is officially set to open the weekend of February 9. If you happen to follow the restaurant on Instagram, which he highly recommend that you do, then your appetite for its imminent arrival has been whetted and then some.

The owners first gave Tampa a behind-the-scenes look at their test kitchen back in December 2018. That first dish? Steamed clams in wine and chorizo.

Preview of Mole Y Abuela’s menu

Since then, it’s been one inspired plate after another. So, what else could be on the menu?

Hearty lamb chops a la plancha with Chilies mint yogurt and mint yogurt.

A stunning assemblage of croquetas de bacalao with salsa de tomate and manchego.

A taste of Maine with seared scallops with romesco puree, burnt lemon sauce and spiced pumpkin seeds.

Brunch and dessert are menu superstars

Sweet sugary churros with an elegant bowl of chocolate sauce on the side.

Brunch like a boss with eggs diablo with butter poached rock shrimp.

A sweet and simple dessert: Arroz con leche, featuring candied grapefruit and toasted coconut.

Frozen margaritas on the menu

The cocktail menu is is bright and bubbly fire, but we’re most excited for the frozen margarita.

Follow the restaurant on Instagram and Facebook for more menu teasers ahead of their February 9 opening.

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