Restaurant

Carolina’s Cuban Cafe

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Carolina’s Cuban Cafe is in the Silverthorn Plaza at the corner of Powell and Barclay. They are open for lunch and dinner and they serve excellent cuban fare. They offer a number of options for under ten dollars.

The owners Lissette and Juan Escobar are from Havana, Cuba. They left Cuba around 25 years ago. I spoke with their daughter Carolina.Lissette was the cook in her family. When they had a family reunion everyone wanted her to cook.

La Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant

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La Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant is tucked out of the way on Shoal Line Boulevard right where the road makes a couple sharp turns. It is slightly north of the Weeki Wachee River.

The dining room is darkened to provide an intimate setting. The decor is old world Italian with Italian music softly playing. The food is excellent. They carry the usual Italian favorites of pizza and pasta. They also have more unique fare.

Pee Wee's Knock Out BBQ

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A popular quest is to look for great barbecue. One of the best ways to do this is to follow your nose. Tasty barbecue can be found simply by driving down the road and stopping when you smell the sweet smoke of burning wood mixed with the slow cooking aroma of food.

That was how we found Pee Wee’s Knockout BBQ, a food truck usually located a little south of the Big Lots shopping center on US 41. We had driven past a number of times, but on that day the wood smoke hooked us.

Wood Fire Pizza from the Hot Box Pizza Truck

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The Hot Box Pizza Truck grew out of a backyard project. The owner Eric Bates planned to build a oven in his backyard but instead he chose to put a wood fired oven in a truck and make it a business. He bought an authentic wood fired oven imported from Italy rather than build one himself. The oven can cook an authentic neapolitan pizza in as little 90 seconds at more than 800 degrees. You never know where those backyard projects will lead.

Restaurant Revitalized in Hernando Beach

A restaurant location in Hernando Beach formerly called Swanie’s was in drastic need of renovations after being bought and sold several times. Shrimp boats unloaded their catch at the former restaurant’s dock, which made for an authentic dining experience. Business partners Scott Morano and Marc Delape decided to purchase the restaurant and clean things up. At first Delape thought his partner Scott Morano was a bit crazy, but after weighing out the pros and cons, both decided to give it a go.

Review of the Greek City Cafe

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They currently have two locations: one at Countryside in Clearwater and one on US 19 in Spring Hill. They are opening a third location at Mariner Square in early April.

The Greek City Cafe is probably as authentic as you will find outside of Tarpon Springs. The gyro meat is sliced as needed from upright spinning spits. Their gyro wrap consists of warmed flatbread, onions, tomato, and tzatziki sauce. You can either have a side of chips or for a few dollars more you can have it as a platter with a small greek salad.

Italian Food Lovers Rejoice- Papa Joe’s is Back!

by Julie Maglio

Papa Joe's has become a Brooksville Institution. In the eyes of many who drive by Brooksville on Interstate 75, Brooksville is Papa Joe's. The success of the restaurant has much to do with Joe and Donna Giarratana's 34 years of hard work and generosity. It is also because of this that they were able to rebuild after an electrical fire destroyed their original restaurant back in January of 2014.

Review Florida Cracker Kitchen

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Rocco Maglio

BROOKSVILLE - The Florida Cracker Kitchen is a great place to satisfy your cravings for southern cuisine. It is quickly becoming a fixture in Brooksville.

The restaurant is owned and run by Blair and Ethan Hensley. Blair formally had Coney Island Drive-Inn which is a few doors down. Being a Restaurateur must run in their blood as their mother Larie Hensley owns Mallie Kyla's Cafe just up the Hill next to Saxon Manor.

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