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An Evening in Paris at Alfano's Restaurant
 By Aaron R. Fodiman
Published November 2013




Wine Spectator Magazine
Best of Award of Excellence
 Published August 2013


  

    
   
Tampa Bay Magazine
   

Sweet Endings, Our Favorite Course
By Aaron R. Fodiman
Published July 2012
            
     
           
The Great Chef's of Tampa Bay


Published: August/ July 2007 pg53
 Full article printed below

 

      Alfano’s Offers European Flair

Published: January 18, 2006
 

 

 

 A Year in Grub

Published: December 29, 2004
http://www.weeklyplanet.com/2004-12-29/food_feature.html

 

                
It's Amore! Alfano's Restaurant Offers A Valentine's Day Classic Italian Cuisine
Alfano's offers a quaint, relaxed environment great for an Italian-themed Valentine's Day date.
By Andy Silverstein, Largo Patch Writer
Published: February 12 2011
*Article listed at bottom

http://largo.patch.com/articles/its-amore-alfanos-restaurant-offer-a-valentines-day-classic-italian-cuisine

 

Make Me A.... Tom Collins

Published: August 22, 2007

Make Me A.... Lemon Drop

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/08/22/newspf/Food/MakemeaTomColl.shtml

 

               
            

 

Recent Media Coverage of Alfano's Authentic Italian Restaurant and Splendido Lounge

 
Best of
  
Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator 2012

Articles

Tampa Bay Magazine

Sweet Endings, Our Favorite Course
By Aaron Fodiman
...Another traditional Italian dessert is Panna Cotta. I didn't have to look for the best of these, as I knew that Alfano's in Clearwater was the best version of this dessert I have ever tasted. Linda and Frank Alfano brought their recipe back from Florence, Italy. Its smooth consistancy and sweet flavor make it an excellent ending to any meal
, and it is light enough to enjoy, even if you are already full. They garnish their Panna Cotta with a drizzle of honey and fresh raspberries to give it an extra touch of sweetness....



The Great Chefs of Tampa Bay

By Aaron Fodiman
For twenty-four years, Linda and Frank Alfano have owned, operated and been the chefs at Alfano’s Italian Restaurant in Clearwater. Frank was raised in his family’s restaurant, and he and Linda both attended cooking school in Florence, Italy. They both believe that good food is prepared simply, but agree that it must also have some flair. They have given some of their dishes unusual names, such as the Nicci’s Apples dessert that is names for their daughter, who liked putting her apple pie over ice cream, or Chicken Daronzio
that was named for their friend Sal, who asked Frank to make him a special pasta late at night. They have never changed their original concept and have always tried to have an “A.O.D” (Alfano on Duty), which has become much easier now that their two daughters work with them. They are fanatical about customer service, call many customers by name and also know if they prefer a special table, server or menu item. They have noticed that many of their customers are, once again, enjoying pasta risotto and potatoes, now that the “Atkins Diet” era has passed, but are replacing many of the oils they use with zero trans fat products. They love their fourteen-ounce bone-in Veal Chop Milanese that is lightly breaded, pan-fried and finished with fresh lemon and Romano cheese and also their Torta Miele of homemade apple strudel with butter pecan ice cream and butterscotch sauce.
Frank and Linda love to travel, go antiquing and dine with family and friends when they are not working. At home, they occasionally share a large grilled porterhouse steak with a salad and fresh vegetables. We asked for words of wisdom to pass on to our readers, Frank, the comedian, says “ Try chocolate with cabernet sauvignon.”

                     

Tampa Bay Magazine July/ August 2007 Pg 53

Alfano’s Holds Sicilian Dinner
Chefs/ Owners Linda and Frank Alfano enjoy creating special Italian menus at their Alfano’s Restaurant and Splendido Bar in Clearwater. So, when winemaker Lucio Maticardi of Feudo Arancio Wines decided to visit them during a tour through the United States, they invited customers and friends to enjoy a five-course Sicilian dinner, matched with wines from this distinguished winery. Feudo Arancio, situated on 2,200 acres in the southwestern corner of the island of Sicily, uses a new-world style to highlight their well-priced varietals.

                               

Tampa Bay Magazine July/ August 2007 Pg 30
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It's Amore! Alfano's Restaurant Offers A Valentine's Day Classic Italian Cuisine
Alfano's offers a quaint, relaxed environment great for an Italian-themed Valentine's Day date.
By Andy Silverstein, Largo Patch

    When it comes to romantic dinners, there’s something about an authentic Italian restaurant that speaks to straight to the heart. 

Alfanos provides the ambiance of romance. The darkened room illumined by a few dim lights and candles on the table, the shared bottles of wine and the rich authenticity of Italian cuisine all melt in perfect harmony to get the sparks a-flyin’ on date night.

From the outside, Alfano’s landscape is welcoming. A vintage 1960 Rolls Royce sits on the driveway while palm trees line the side of the illuminated entry way. Inside you'll find the restaurant's dim lighting, elegant feel and the backdrop pianist playing relaxing lounge music the perfect place to salute Valentine's Day. On a Wednesday night the restaurant's mostly older crowd that centered around the bar.       

The dining room features a high-ceiling and well decorated art fills the room. The decor is fit enough to Michael Corleone’s mansion.

Within minutes of sitting down, a glass of water with ice was placed at my table. The quick, albeit stealthy, service was amusing.

        Within minutes after that, a tuxedo-vested waiter came and politely asked if I’d enjoy anything else besides water. Their impeccable service continued throughout the night.

For an entrée, the chicken parmesan ($17.00 with soup or house salad) seemed like a good dish to represent what Alfano’s is all about. It’s a simple Italian staple and something any Italian cook worth his salt should be able to make with much competency and deliciousness.

Alfano's served this dish on a large plate with a minimalist approach. The chicken was heavenly. Lightly breaded and insanely moist, the chicken was the absolute savior of the dish. It’s rare that the flavor of the breading as well as the chicken work in balance without overpowering, but this was a good harmony.

The slice of melted provolone on top was tasty and stretched from fork to plate, which is always a good sign.

      In addition to their food, Alfano’s is known for their extensive wine list and desert menu which includes Italian classics like tiramisu, cannolis, and panna cotta

Alfano’s is the place for a relaxed, romantic Valentine's Day date. You’ll be treated like family in this authentic atmosphere 

 

 

 

 

 

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