Cuisine: European, Italian
Price Range: $$
Tucked away in a corner of Tampa's Channelside district is Cena, a popular Italian restaurant that has gathered a loyal following despite a somewhat out of the way location. Chef Michael Buttacavoli... Read More
Tucked away in a corner of Tampa's Channelside district is Cena, a popular Italian restaurant that has gathered a loyal following despite a somewhat out of the way location. Chef Michael Buttacavoli presents simple, modern menu items that are elevated by expert preparation, creative presentation, and quality ingredients. Chef's mastery of rustic Italian cuisine shines in his risotto dishes, a definite must-try, as well as in his charcuterie and cheese selections. The wine and cocktail lists are very well curated featuring the classics as well as more modern options. The decor matches the cuisine and is also modern and minimal, but still very cozy and friendly, with diners raving about the great service.
- Best for Restaurants near Cruise Port Because: Located less than a mile from the cruise port, Cena is one of Tampa's best Italian food restaurants.
- Best for Italian Because: A preferred dining spot for many of the city's best Chefs, Cena's presents simple, but elevated Italian cuisine.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: A study in contrasts, Cena is a sleek, modern space serving expertly prepared rustic Italian cuisine in Tampa's Channelside district.