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By Mary Scourtes Greacen

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he restaurant has crystal stemware and crisp

table linens but still maintains a nice and casual balance. More than a few shorts-and-sandaled young couples fueled their infatuation over a bottle of wine and drawn-out supper. Our waiter coo-ed over us like a great-uncle, and squeezed and weaved past other waiters in the busy room, but got everything to us hot. He confided this place isn’t just a job, it’s like being part of a family. There is admiration among co-workers and little turnover. While enumerating the night’s specials, he poured extravirgin olive oil onto a fresh tomato, garlic and spice mixture for dipping on the warm, Kalamata olive loaf. The classic calamari fritti, a server-recommended standout, is exactly what you would expect: delicately breaded crisp rings and tentacles. It’s kicked up a notch with red peppers, capers and marinated olives and presented with a hearty marinara sauce. JUSTLETGO.COM

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GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...

GETAWAY Magazine 2016 Travel Agents  

Located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach, consistently rated as one of the Top Beaches in America by TripAdvisor, the TradeWind...