Casa Santo Stefano

4.7
751 Reviews
$30 and under
Sicilian
Benvenuti! Casa Santo Stefano is a new Sicilian restaurant from the Gonzmart family, owners of the Columbia Restaurant Group. The dinner menu features maccheroni (pasta), steaks, seafood, scacciata, salads, soups, desserts and hundreds of Sicilian wines. Curbside takeout is available by calling the main phone number. The rooftop Santo's Drinkeria also is open. We will begin lunch service soon.

Housed in a beautifully re-imagined former 1925 Ybor City macaroni factory, the restaurant is a look back to Sunday suppers, simpler times and shared stories.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 751 people are saying
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EttaS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I thought my meal was very good, but barely warm. When I asked them to heat up, the replacement was also only warm. The other 3 diners with me said their food was also not hot and just okay. The bread and antipasta were delicious though.

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vipKimB
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food is excellent. The restaurant is beautiful and has a fun vibe. Easy parking. The service was disappointing. Very slow to even bring water. Server was not engaged. Otherwise, we enjoyed our experience

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vipMarieC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and authentic Sicilian food. Service and ambience fantastic. Definitely someplace we will frequent often.

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RanaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another fabulous restaurant by the Columbia family!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 41st anniversary. Everything was delightful

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding everything!
Alena was our server. she was warm, friendly and highly professional!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valerie provided great Service!

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SJin3D
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted a nice lunch & they delivered. Jacob was our server & he always has the best suggestions. We split a couple apps which were delicious. The portions are huge especially for the price! The restaurant itself is gorgeous. I highly recommend this place for a date, lunch out with friends or just for a delicious home style Italian meal. It’s fabulous.

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Trouble
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Realistic Sicilian food, great atmosphere, great service

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DanH
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Had shrimp and linguine
The shrimp were terrible quality
Heavily treated in phosphates
Not necessary to use this low end quality shrimp in a nice restaurant like this
Waiter (Aaron) 0 personality, very forgetful
3 stars, not that impressed
Might try it one more time

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vipJennyL
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting the dinning area as I have been to the rooftop before which was stunning. The portions were generous and Carlos our server was very attentive and helpful while navigating the menu.

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BrianM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job renovating the building, excellent food and service!

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MichaelM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and excellent food. All very fresh and tasty. Not cheap but not outrageously expensive either. Good wine selection and the ambiance is very interesting in what apparently was a former macaroni factory in Ybor. Convenient parking right across the street.

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Stancial
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. The ambience is great. Our server was a little talkative and forgetful. Never offered us any drinks but water. Forgot to put in our entrée order until we just about done with our salads. A dessert order of a couple of gelatos took over 15 minutes, so the service was not good. Food was tasty, not great, but good. Side salads way too big and way too overdressed. Pasta was nice and garlicky. Tomato sauce had good flavor. Might try again in the future.

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ChazG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jose recommended the best ever foods that fit just what we wanted. The wine was a perfect choice for his recommendations in food. Then the two desserts were wonderful. Perfect night for a date.

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Joyce
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellentpp

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Dscriv
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great with the exception of the mouse level which made normal conversation almost impossible …..

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viplimericktrucker
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service tonight - did not disappoint !! The manager even came over to make sure all was good - what a great guy !! He even posed for a pic with us . We will be back many times , highly recommended

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

We're thrilled you were so pleased with your visit. Thank you for sharing.

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TimK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fun environment. I would recommend to try it.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your recommendation, Tim.

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vipJoanneB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very helpful and attentive on Monday evening.
Wonderful experience.
Thank you!

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ThomasC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos was amazing. The food was wonderful we will definitely be back

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Carlos is a gem. Glad you enjoyed his hospitality, Thomas.

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SpiceSpiceGravy
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan is a superstar server. Full of positive energy.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Well said.

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MariahM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect Cynthia was an awesome server!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Great to hear, Mariah. Welcome back! Thank you for your kind review.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Meal was good. They were sold out of ravioli and we were there at 6:45. Other tables had it and it looked wonderful so we wanted to order. Waiter said it was one of the best items. Why not make more?? Dinner was good. Waiter was rushing us to flip the table which was a bit disappointing. Will go again but maybe not on a Sunday night since it seems to be a busy night there.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for your comments. We make ravioli fresh every day for lunch and dinner. Since this is our first year of operation -- and an unusual one at that -- we don't know how many to expect will order them. We're sorry to have disappointed.

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vipStevenR
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our second visit was as underwhelming as the first. Bland food, an initially absent server who was concerned about her shift ending, an entree of chicken Parm that was desiccated grilled chicken covered cheese and sauce. Those are low points. Sides, salads and the app (fried risotto served basically cold) were good. When we asked for salt, it took forever.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Sorry to have underwhelmed again, Steven.

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TpaGrl
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch with friends.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Did you try the Eggs in Purgatory? Great brunch dish.

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ChrisV
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My spaghetti tasted like it was not done. The meatballs tasted like plant based meat.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Did you let a server know, Chris? We're happy to remake. The meatballs are a mixture of veal, pork and beef.

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IvonneT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time with family at Casa Santo Stefano and we love it there! The food, the service, the selection…. Everything is excellent! Last night we went for my father’s birthday and it was his first time, he was so impressed. The staff goes above and beyond to please their guests, and the quality of the food is outstanding. This business fat exceeds all expectations! Thank you!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you, Ivonne. It's our pleasure to welcome you to Casa Santo Stefano. We want this to feel like Nana's home to you. We're happy to have hit the mark.

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Ycmpr
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Food and wine spectacular and our server Nik gave us great recommendations.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Nik is a gem. Glad you enjoyed his hospitality as well as the food and wine.

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vipRebekahN
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to try something different tonight and had the Grouper Limon which was outstanding! I also loved the grilled vegetables with included fennel and it was awesome. Fantastic service from Nik. I don't know a lot of Sicilian wines and she always steers me in the right direction.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Welcome back, Rebekah. It's fun to try new flavors. Glad Nik offered such great hospitality again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I requested gluten free pasta and it was not because I had very bad stomach upset after eating. Very disappointed!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

We're sorry to read this. We hope you're feeling better.

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BillB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink selections! Particularly enjoyed the taste of the Pasta alla Norma, the Casa Negroni, and Planeta Santa Cecilia wine we hadn’t had in a long time! Great decor and atmosphere! Very authentic to Sicily, based on my experience living there for 3 years and having visited the town of Santo Stefano di Camastra in Sicily. I just made another reservation and can’t wait to get back!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

There is no higher praise than a return visit. That it comes from someone who lived in Sicily is an even bigger compliment. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! We will be back.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your kind words and great rating!

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stepheny
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Understaffed . Ravioli flavorless. Baked eggplant “mushy” Baked clams hard to chew . Caesar salad fair. Glass of wine $10 for a small water glass, half a glass, of wine.
The one highlight ... easy parking across the street !

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vipStewartP
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for true Sicilian food.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you, Stewart!

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MaryG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had squid ink pasta with pulpo, green olives and tomatoes. It was just fabulous! Husband got the pasta with lobster!
Our waiter was wonderful

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded 5 days ago

Spaghetti Al Nero Con Polpo is one of our most popular menu items. So glad you enjoyed!

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Tampagirl
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was very beautiful! The service was great and the food was delicious.

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AnaM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining experience. It was excellent. Our server, Mateo, was awesome. Entire staff was friendly, courteous and efficient. We would definitely visit again(even if an hour drive) and definitely recommend it.

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DeirdreD
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around. Even after getting completely drenched on the way in, we still had a lovely meal.

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on June 4, 2021

Thank you for enduring the rain! We appreciate your kind rating!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! All the food was fresh and tasted very farm-to-table. Our party enjoyed the burrata and arancini as apps - excellent and authentic. Meals: Eggplant, lasagna, ravioli, sea bass, chicken Marsala. All got two thumbs up. The eggplant and sea bass stole the show. For dessert: cannoli, tiramisu, affogatto, panda cotta. Again, everything was outstanding. Affogatto was refreshing, tiramisu substantial and smooth, but not overwhelming, cannoli was perfect, and the panna cotta was light and fluffy. Two wines: Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio, Don Antonio Nero D’Avola. The Pinot was light, slightly fruity, and crisp. The Nero D’Avola was deep, hearty, and bold, perfect with red sauce. We had been looking forward to trying Casa Santo Stefano, and had the perfect opportunity in celebrating our son’s upcoming wedding. From one Sicilian family to any who are looking for an authentic Sicilian meal with a warm and inviting atmosphere, this is the place for you! Be sure to ask for Eduardo, who provided outstanding service. Grazie di tuttto!

Casa Santo Stefano
Responded on June 4, 2021

Thank you for your generous review. We're thrilled Eduardo could make your special meal even more special.

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FAQs

Casa Santo Stefano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 248-1925.

Casa Santo Stefano is rated 4.7 stars by 751 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.