Voted Best Italian Restaurant in 2024 by Tampa Magazines!

Thank you all who voted Esposito’s for the best Italian in tampa!

Purchase gift certificates in-house at the restaurant.


Voted 2024 Best Italian Restaurant by Tampa Magazines
What sets Esposito’s apart? To start, it has a clear identity – no modern pop tunes, just the timeless melodies of Sinatra, Louis Prima and Dean Martin. The ambiance avoids the generic hotel lobby look; instead, the walls are adorned with captivating Italian street art and oil paintings.

The menu proudly serves authentic Roman and Sicilian dishes like Bucatini Amatriciana and Eggplant Caponata, a real classic NY Style Rigatoni ala Vodka, and Italian-American household favorites such as Beef Braciole and Cavatelli with Broccoli Rabe.


The expansion of our dining room is done! Our new space now sits up to 70 more guests and can be used for semi-private or private events. Rehearsal dinners, corporate events, wedding showers, etc welcomed! Book by giving us a call at 813-769-9098.

Catering is also available for all occasions as well as Esposito’s Gift Cards!




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Jersey City born with Sicilian/Neapolitan roots, we are the same family who has opened over 20 restaurants across 3 states with the same recipes that originated on Mulberry Street, NYC over 50 years ago!

Tampa Bay’s Essential Italian Food
Paul “Paulie” Varsalona learned the restaurant business from his father, Rocky, at a very young age. “Marinara on the bottom, tomato on top! That’s an old NY secret to a really good chicken parm,” Paulie remembers his father telling him at around 10 years old.

Family Story


Between 1840 and 1920 around 37 million poor, hungry, and some formerly orphaned immigrants migrated to the United States. One of those poor, hungry, and previously orphaned men was named Pasquale Esposito who left Formia, Italy in 1906 and rode “Stowaway” on a ship headed for the America’s. Pasquale Esposito arrived in Ellis Island, settled in Jersey City, New Jersey and married Carmina D’Anjou. They gave birth to 9 sons and 3 daughters and from here our Italian American Esposito family tree began to bloom….Today there is over 216,000 Esposito’s worldwide and around 200 people in the family started by Pasquale and Carmina. Welcome to Esposito’s Italian Restaurant and welcome into “our” Esposito family.