Fabio Viviani (center) holds court during a pre-opening dinner at Osteria. Photo: Chris Fasick.

Opening Nights: A warm welcome at Fabio Viviani's Osteria Kitchen + Bar

As a general rule, it’s not a good idea to judge a restaurant in its opening days. Even at the most meticulously planned establishments, the staff and the kitchen are still in the learning stages, and first-week jitters can undermine pros and newbies alike. Given that, I shouldn’t really report on my meals at two […]

The view from a second-floor balcony at Dr. BBQ. Photo: David Warner

Opening Nights: The hype is right at Dr. BBQ

As a general rule, it’s not a good idea to judge a restaurant in its opening days. Even at the most meticulously planned establishments, the staff and the kitchen are still in the learning stages, and first-week jitters can undermine pros and newbies alike. Given that, I shouldn’t really report on my meals at two […]

Aqua Prime Steak & Seafood – Chef Jason Vargo

The sound of music wafts from Aqua Prime’s patio as patrons nibble apps andsip wine while catching up on what’s new in Indian Rocks Beach. Thanks to Aqua Prime’s culinary maestro Chef Jason S. Vargo, one of the season’s highlights is the new menu, wine list and crafted cocktails. Want sizzling steaks and succulent seafood? Aqua Prime in Indian Rocks Beach is the best! Chef Vargo […]

Caretta on the Gulf

Caretta on the Gulf

Sandpearl Resort’s signature restaurant, Caretta on the Gulf With Clearwater Beach as its backdrop, the Sandpearl Resort’s signature restaurant, Caretta on the Gulf, would be a standout dining destination for its views of sand, surf and stunning sunsets alone. Caretta Interior The interior is equally striking due to dark wood columns and beams, large dramatic […]