Voted 2024 Best Italian Restaurant by Tampa Magazines

Voted Best Italian Restaurant in 2024 by Tampa Magazines!

Voted Best Italian Restaurant in 2024 by Tampa Magazines!

“Well worth crossing Kennedy Boulevard” is a familiar phrase Paul Varselona, owner of Esposito’s, has heard from customers who make the “trip” to his Carolwood restaurant. However, Esposito’s clientele extends well beyond Macdill AFB, drawing diners from Lakewood Ranch to Spring Hill and beyond.

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.

In sum, Esposito’s is an authentic Italian experience with generous portions, a warm and lively ambiance, and a genuine New York – style menu. It’s Tampa’s top Italian restaurant.