Tampa’s reputation for churning out quality top-notch restaurants and bars is attracting increasingly well known chefs to set up shop here, and Fabio Vivani is no exception. Viviani, known for his appearances on Food Network’s “Top Chef,” is the mastermind behind the menus at Osteria, the first restaurant to move into downtown’s Nine15 building. He teamed up with The Nocturnal Hospitality Group (proprietors of Franklin Manor across the street) to open the spot, inspired by the cooking Viviani grew up with in Florence, Italy.
Pizzas (wood-fired and available on gluten-free crusts) and pastas (squid ink garganelli, rigatoni in a jar, cacio e pepe) both have a solid presence at Osteria, and other menu highlights include a whole roasted branzino, chicken marsala and a 12-ounce Kobe meatball. Lunch and brunch service are slated to roll out in December with handhelds like the Osteria Burger, topped with sundried tomato, butter lettuce, taleggio and garlic mayo, and a burrata caprese panini. Behind the bar, mixologist Ro Patel filled out the cocktail program with Italian-flavored options like a strawberry negroni, the Italian mojito (with rum, Campari, vermouth and prosecco) and the chilling Death in Venice (absinthe sorbet, prosecco and bitters).
903 N. Franklin St.