Casa Santo Stefano
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.
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Baked layers of fresh pasta, garlic ricotta, mozzarella and Grana Padano cheese, mix of Italian sausage and Bolognese meat, with tomato sauce
Casa-made assorted gelatos, flavors: dark cioccolato, vanilla, Sicilian pistachio, hazelnut, stracciatella, Flavor Of The Day
Fried breaded risotto balls, mixed with Bolognese, mozzarella and peas, served with tomato sauce
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.
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
Outstanding and authentic Sicilian food. Service and ambience fantastic. Definitely someplace we will frequent often.
Another fabulous restaurant by the Columbia family!
It was our 41st anniversary. Everything was delightful
Alena was our server. she was warm, friendly and highly professional!
Valerie provided great Service!
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.
Realistic Sicilian food, great atmosphere, great service
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
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.
Great job renovating the building, excellent food and service!
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.
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.
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.
Everything was great with the exception of the mouse level which made normal conversation almost impossible …..
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
We're thrilled you were so pleased with your visit. Thank you for sharing.
Great food. Fun environment. I would recommend to try it.
Thank you for your recommendation, Tim.
Our server was very helpful and attentive on Monday evening.
Carlos was amazing. The food was wonderful we will definitely be back
Carlos is a gem. Glad you enjoyed his hospitality, Thomas.
Jordan is a superstar server. Full of positive energy.
Everything perfect Cynthia was an awesome server!
Great to hear, Mariah. Welcome back! Thank you for your kind review.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry to have underwhelmed again, Steven.
Lovely brunch with friends.
Did you try the Eggs in Purgatory? Great brunch dish.
My spaghetti tasted like it was not done. The meatballs tasted like plant based meat.
Did you let a server know, Chris? We're happy to remake. The meatballs are a mixture of veal, pork and beef.
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!
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.
Amazing place! Food and wine spectacular and our server Nik gave us great recommendations.
Nik is a gem. Glad you enjoyed his hospitality as well as the food and wine.
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.
Welcome back, Rebekah. It's fun to try new flavors. Glad Nik offered such great hospitality again.
I requested gluten free pasta and it was not because I had very bad stomach upset after eating. Very disappointed!
We're sorry to read this. We hope you're feeling better.
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!
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!
Great service and amazing food! We will be back.
Thank you for your kind words and great rating!
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 !
Great place for true Sicilian food.
Thank you, Stewart!
Had squid ink pasta with pulpo, green olives and tomatoes. It was just fabulous! Husband got the pasta with lobster!
Our waiter was wonderful
Spaghetti Al Nero Con Polpo is one of our most popular menu items. So glad you enjoyed!
This place was very beautiful! The service was great and the food was delicious.
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.
Excellent experience all around. Even after getting completely drenched on the way in, we still had a lovely meal.
Thank you for enduring the rain! We appreciate your kind rating!
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!
Thank you for your generous review. We're thrilled Eduardo could make your special meal even more special.
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.