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May 28, 2009 01:02 PM

Birthday dinner- tomorrow night- Tampa/Carollwood

Hello to all. Bought a house in Northdale area, tomorrow is my birthday and I really would like a nice place for dinner. I know I should be more specific, but was hoping I could get Tampa CHers favorite special occasion places. Not wanting crazy upscale or very expensive. Basically like most cuisines- faves include real italian, sushi and seafood, steak, and spanish tapas, but really like most everything. Good wine list always a plus. I tend to avoid majority of chains. Appreciate all timely responses (i know its last minute- just closed last Friday!). Thanks:)

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  1. Toasted Pheasant. I have not been there but have been wanting to go for a while. Vizcaya, nice tapas and good Spanish wine. Thai Sweet Basil for the whole snapper and stuffed chicken wings.

    1. I'd suggest Gio's Italian on Waters and Dale Mabry.

      Quaint small fine dining restaurant with piano player and lots of wines. Been there a few times and was excellent every time. Reasonable prices.



      1. Sweet Basil Thai is good, it's in Northdale Court, I disagree w Gio's, it's terrible and overpriced. My fave Carrollwood place is Terra Sur, it's right by the Sweet Bay that's on Ehrlich Rd., just passed Ben Hill. REALLY cute Peruvian place, great seafood, steak and ceviche! Good wine and sangria 2! Oh ya, their flan is DELISH!

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        1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC

          But Gino's Italian which is not too far from Gio's is really good. I have heard bad things about Gio's as well.

          1. re: rhnault

            I've always done well at Gio's, and I find it reasonably priced. I second Vizcaya as well. Two good choices.

        2. Gio's on WAters has frozen chicken and pre made pasta

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            1. re: sarge

              Andy Huse gave it a not-so-good review on his blog.

              1. re: rhnault

                Did he say they use frozen chicken

                1. re: sarge

                  I don't think he had the chicken ; )