Genuino Italian Cafe

4.5
32 Reviews
$30 and under
Café
Our company origins are deeply rooted in Sicily , Italy at the feet of breathtaking, mountain Etna, the largest volcano in Europe. The name “Genuino” comes from our grandfather Peppino ,who constantly describing his coffee as genuine. We are an Italian Café with a Sicilian flair. The love for life and food is shown in our product and menu selection.
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.1
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4.2
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SamuelF
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

You could have told me you were closed before I drove all the way down there

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EileenM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always delicious. Fun atmosphere.

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vipAlex
Tampa
74 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One heck of a cook from Sicily, limited menu, but very tasty

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vipAlex
Tampa
74 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Limited menu, but what a cook, Siciliano at its best

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JosieV
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a yummy lunch here of eggplant parmigiana and salad. The sauce was amazing on warm and slightly crusty Italian bread and the dressing on the salad was perfect mixed. Didn’t have time for dessert but my plan next time is coffee and gelato. Don’t pass this one by!!!

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vipJenn
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The star ratings may be inaccurate, but I felt that this information needed to be available to potential patrons. I made a reservation for my son and his girlfriend for Valentine's Day. The reviews were good but unfortunately misleading. According to my son, this is not a restaurant. It's a pizzeria. They were so disappointed that they just left. Why a place like this would need to be on opentable is beyond me. Reservations are not needed. I guess there are no criteria for being listed as a restaurant.

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vipMSMAP
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Genuino reminds me of the wonderful little eating spots in Italy. It would s indeed a genuine find.

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vipAlex
Tampa
74 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, personal service, small intimate friendly atmosphere

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vipAlex
Tampa
74 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian meal, a real find for this area. Limited menu, but who cares if it tastes this good, from the homemade bread to homemade Italian dishes, a taste sensation

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betsyb
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this place is a gem! authentic and delicious. everything is fantastic but my favorite is the lasagne.

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MicheleM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

I felt like I was in an episode of Fawlty Towers. We kept wondering where the staff were disappearing too all at the same time - it was bizarre. The plus side, nice and cozy, good pesto and gelato, the not so plus side - need some work with service.

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FoodieKing
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! The lasagna was delicious, and the service was excellent. The owner was very personable and made our dining experience enjoyable.

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LaraD
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in town very authentic!!

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vipLindaS
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with a lovely special of meats, cheeses and 4 different wine tastings. Then we had their specials, chicken parmesan and lasagne. Both were authentic to me as I am an Italian and I am pretty critical of Italian food. The coffee was outstanding, the prices are very reasonable. This place is like being in Italy in a small Cafe. You can even stop in for gelato, many flavors to choose from. We love this place and consider it a neighborhood gem!

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vipEllie
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The pizzas were good but service was terrible. It was very slow and unprofessional. I understand this is a local small restaurant. Our waitress was dressed in her volleyball outfit (probably just got out of her game), not the most pleasant thing if you think about all the sweats. She was extremely slow and looked like she didn't want to be there. The food came out close to 45 minutes after ordering. I wouldn't come back due to the bad service.

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JohnT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just visited Genuino for the first time. Genuino is an authentic Italian cafe, just like in Italy! The owner Giuseppe is very friendly, personable & takes pride in his home cooking. Whether you would like an espresso, gelato & desserts or a wonderful Italian lunch or dinner, you must try Genuino, a neighborhood gem.

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JOANIEM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was over-the-top delicious. It was honestly the best Italian food I’ve had in forever. You must go there and make sure you meet Giuseppe The owner and chef. Amazing place amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was excellent but the service was horrible. We waited almost an hour for our food and we were the only ones in the restaurant. The owner is great but was gone when we arrived and the rest of the staff can’t do anything without him apparently.

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LaraD
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place . Owner is wonderful and having just returned from a trip to Italy it was just like being there. Food was right on point !!

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vipMSMAP
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious!!! Neighborhood gem. True Itslian. Gelato to die for.

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RobG
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local establishment with real Italian owners, food and atmosphere! Support locals!!!

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vipKantaM
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pesto pasta was scrumptious!
My husband had the chicken parmigiana, it was delicious. Chicken was so tender. They take their time to prepare the food but it’s totally worth the wait.

KM
vipKantaM
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, especially the pizza. Service was a bit slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I enjoyed superb dining at Genuino Italian cafe. Dishes are deliciously authentic, the wine was wonderful (nice to find they had a tasty Nero d’avola) and we enjoyed gelato for dessert. Our new neighborhood favorite!

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vipFoodiegal
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The pesto is tasty, the pizza was good and the handmade gelato was terrific. Also love their Italian coffee., and you can purchase beans there. We are hearing great things about their lasagne and Eileen have to try that next time.

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NancyP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

This was our 2nd time there, but 1st for dinner. The food was fantastic! Fresh tasting and authentic. The service needs some major improvement. They told us they were short-handed, but we waited quite a while and our 2 entrees were delivered at different times. Gelato is wonderful!We'll be back, but not on a weekend night.

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GraceV
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pizza is wonderful, pasta and sauces very tasty. Dessersts.....amazing.....great coffee. Am telling friends about it

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The specials are deliciously authentic. I had the carbonara, my friend had chicken parmigiana- both were delicious. Finished our meal with espresso. We will definitely be back - a true neighborhood gem!

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vipGerryS
Tampa
129 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The best thing for me was their Teanum wine from Puglia.

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LindaF
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was very good. All three of our dishes didn’t come out at the same time which would’ve been nice.

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SteveB
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Portions are adequate.
Overall they need to iron out the kinks.
One server for the restaurant and the Gelato station.

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Christa
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

At the recommendation of 1 of my students, my Italian students and I met here for a social get together. The owner/cook & his daughter could not have been nicer. They even provided wine glasses since a student brought Italian wine to have w. our dinner. (They did tell us that they will be selling wine in another week). Couple of us had delicious homemade gnocchi. Others had pasta or pizza, another had a huge salad w. tuna. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we finished it w. a gelato (also homemade). The cafe is small but intimate. The menu is somewhat limited but every dish is made to order & very good.

FAQs

Genuino Italian Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 474-3333.

Genuino Italian Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 32 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.