Rossi Ristorante Italiano - Your Nonna’s Got Some Serious Competition!
My nonna’s (Italian for grandmother) cooking finally met it’s match at Rossi Ristorante Italiano, where the true flavors of Italy are brought to life in every dish!
I was raised by an Italian family, which means I grew up knowing what true Italian cuisine was all about; the fresh produce, the local seasonal ingredients, the aromas, the passed down family recipes, the pasta “al dente,” and the entire experience that comes with enjoying a good Italian meal in a worry-free, family environment. And that is exactly what you will find at Rossi Ristorante Italiano.
I recently had the opportunity to visit this neighborhood staple located in the Seven Springs Plaza at 7254 S.R. 54, and I completely fell in love with their food! It came to no surprise at all that this restaurant has been serving delicious, authentic Italian food to local customers for over 30 years! “We have customers that have been coming to Rossi since we opened our doors 34 years ago,” said owner Gabriella Rossi. “Nothing makes me feel more proud than when I hear someone say they love our food.”
And boy, do people love Rossi’s food!
“Rossi is a truly authentic Italian Restaurant. I have never had a disappointing meal,” said happy customer Carrie Margas. “The Chicken Di Como is my absolute favorite, although everything is great, which is why our family keeps coming back!”
Another happy regular named Paul said, “Rossi is my favorite Italian restaurant in the Tampa Bay area--my family has been coming here for 20 years. Their pizza is among the best I've had, and the pasta is always al dente. The chicken picatta is fork-tender, the veal pizzaiola is dynamite, and you can't go wrong with the penne Alla vodka.”
The great reviews from satisfied raving customers who have been coming to Rossi for over 3 decades are just too many to mention, so I invite you to try it for yourself and leave your own personal review about your experience.
You’ll be treated like family!
“Ciao, we’ll see you in a couple of days!” says Ted Harris, a staff member of over 15 years, as he waives goodbye to a group of local customers. “I have been working here for a really long time. All my relatives come here, my good friends come here, and I have been taking care of some regulars for over a decade” adds Ted. “It’s comforting to know that you work in a truly wonderful place that offers amazing food at great prices and that feels like one big family.”
And while many things have changed over the years, Rossi’s core commitment of serving you and your loved ones with the most delicious and made-to-order Italian dishes has not. Everything on the menu at Rossi tastes amazing and is presented with pride. From the appetizers, pizzas, salads and Italian specialty entrees to the decadent desserts, like their famous homemade tiramisu.
“We make everything from scratch and with the freshest ingredients,” said Gabriella. "We also serve certified organic, free-range chicken from a produce company called 'Free Birds.' They are well-known for their organic, non-GMOs line, which is also antibiotic free. They feed their birds a balanced diet of fortified vegetarian grains, so there never any artificial additives, animal fats or by-products used to feed these chickens."
All of Rossi's recipes have been passed on from generation to generation, but Gabriella says she can happily accommodate any customer's specific needs. "I am happy to modify any of our dishes to meet our customer's needs, and it is not a problem, as everything is made to order," said Gabriella.
Gabriella can’t say what her most popular dish is, saying, “We have so many dishes on the menu, it’s hard to say what our biggest seller is!”
But, if you want to know my personal favorite, it is hands down, the “Aragosta Fra Diavolo.” A succulent plate of perfectly cooked pasta in a mildly spicy tomato sauce, served with shellfish and a whole lobster tail. ‘Aragosta’ means Lobster, and Fra Diavolo means ‘of the devil’ in Italian. So basically this dish is called “Lobster of the devil” and it’s named this way because of the spiciness of the dish. I eat a lot of spicy food and I love anything seafood, so this dish to me was nothing short of culinary perfection.
I was sincerely impressed to find that their vast menu stood up to the test of my picky Italian palate, and they even offer many gluten-free options (which is rare for an Italian restaurant.)
Everything I tried, from the fresh tomato bruschetta, made with the most delicious bread, fresh basil and balsamic dressing, to the cheesy sausage and pepperoni pizza (you have to try their pizzas!), to the Veal Saltimbocca, was simply exquisite and mouth watering. I truly cannot say enough good things about their pizzas though. They were simply incredible and probably one of the things that will keep customers coming back for another 34 years. You can trust me on this one, I am a picky Italian foodie who actually lived in Italy for a while… so I know what a good pizza tastes like!
Sophia D. a local customer had this to say; “The family atmosphere and the delicious pizza has my family coming here over and over. We've never tried anything else, so I can't speak to the rest of the menu. We get thin crust and extra crispy and it comes out crispy and light and perfect every time.”
They also have a wide selection of Italian wines, including one of my personal favorites; Carletto, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. My grandparents were born in the Abruzzo region of Italy, so this wine touches my heart strings and helps me reminisce about the days I lived in Italy. It is truly delicious, affordable and makes the perfect pairing with any of Rossi’s Italian dishes!
Leave Room For Dessert
The Tiramisu (meaning “pick me up,” “cheer me up” or “life me up”) at Rossi is one of those desserts you have to have even if you already feel full. Which was my case after all that scrumptious food I had tried. But I am glad I managed to get a few bites of this popular, home made coffee-flavored Italian dessert. It is without a doubt, the perfect way to end your meal.
Rossi can accommodate large groups and special events such as birthdays, graduations or even weddings. It’s not unusual to hear someone say, “Can I bring in a party of 30 on Saturday afternoon for a birthday party?” So, keep that in mind! Also, they have a full catering menu to serve parties of any size, which means that you can truly share your favorite Rossi dishes with everyone you love! If you love Italian food, you’ve got to put Rossi Ristorante Italiano on the regular rotation.
Showing the most sincere gratitude and pride, Gabriella said “I want all of our customers to know how appreciative I am for their incredible support, loyalty and patronage during all these years. You are the reason why we do what we do.”
Open for lunch and for dinner seven days a week, your entire family will love it! Rossi Ristorante Italiano is located in the 7 Springs Plaza at 7254 S.R. 54 in New Port Richey. They are open: Mon. –Thur., 11 a.m.¬–10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.¬–11 p.m.; and 1–10 p.m. on Sun. For more information or to make a reservation (although not required), call 727-376-4010. To see their menu, visit their website at www.rossiitaliano.com or find them on facebook!