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Tony Cammarota has been the proud, true Italian owner for over thirty three years, and his son Nello wears the same honored smile. The food is always delicious, thanks to the fresh herbs brought in directly from Tony’s’ garden, and the brick oven, used for more than just pizza. The wine is all imported and as I sample the merlot, I have nothing bad to say.
Fresh, steaming bread is brought out, followed by a large dinner salad overflowing in savory caesar, my personal favorite. The lights are dim, the ceiling and walls are painted with beautiful Italian scenery and incoming customers are always greeted by Tony and the chefs. Within one corner, hangs a work of art for purchase.
The artist brings in a new masterpiece every few months, and they are nothing short of inspiring. As my dinner arrives, I am overwhelmed with the sensational aromas of fresh cooked, fall off the bone chicken and pasta. The angle hair twists around the fork, mixed perfectly with Italian sauces, complimented by the tender chicken.
The vegetables are seasoned to perfection and if I had room, they would leave me wanting more. “It is like visiting Italy, without having to go to Italy,” says my companion as he finishes off his risotto. We both agree that the atmosphere is not overwhelming, or distracting and we can tell the food is made with love.
Merida, who has been working for Tony just over a year says, “ I love the food! We have customers that come back week after week, and everything really reminds me of home.” The portions are extremely large, the service is impeccably friendly and as I greet Tony, giving my compliments to the chef, I am reminded of what family dinning truly means.
The menu is vast, ranging from the classic pizza to chicken and veal dishes that head more towards the fine dinning price range. From subs to calzones, pasta, to Stromboli, and an assortment of baked dishes, antipastos, and when available Dalla Griglia, no one will leave hungry. Another smiling server, Ryan adds, “Tony is one of the hardest working people I have ever met.
He loves what he does and he is always the first one here and the last to leave. He even worked on his birthday.” Tony and Nello’s is southern Italian cuisine and grille done right, guaranteeing I will be back for more, and so will you. Piacere, enjoy!
Tony and Nello’s — 1136 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde, Fl 22713