Tampa Bay, FLA (March, 25th, 2020) – For over 20 years, Gratzzi Italian Grille has been the go-to spot in St. Petersburg for delicious and authentic Italian cuisine. With current events, many small businesses have opted to close their doors and cease operation completely. In light of tragedy, Tony Mangiafico, the owner of both Gratzzi and St. Pete’s Flute & Dram, was inspired to do more. Since March 18th, the popular Italian restaurant has been offering free meals from 12pm to 2pm daily to all fellow hospitality and food service personnel who have lost their jobs due to the tragic effects of the pandemic. In just a few short days, Gratzzi has already given out 500 meals and has no plans of stopping. Gratzzi plans to continue feeding the community until supplies run out. Each meal offered includes a healthy, hearty salad along with fresh bread and an entree. Entrees offered thus far have been Lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan, Pappardelle Bolognese, Short Ribs with Mushrooms Risotto, Pesto Parmesan Risotto with Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, BBQ Ribs and Chicken Parmesan. The response, Tony says, has been overwhelming. Customers have been so grateful to Tony and his team at Gratzzi for giving back to the community while so many people are struggling. To Tony, the gratitude alone is what keeps him going. Tony’s only hope beyond helping people, is making sure they know the importance of supporting small businesses.
WHAT: Free meals daily for hospitality workers
WHEN: 12pm to 2pm every day
WHERE: 211 2nd St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
GRATZZI: Voted the best Italian restaurant in St. Petersburg, Gratzzi Italian Grille is a family owned and operated neighborhood Italian restaurant located in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. The restaurant offers fine dining with a family atmosphere and a passion for making every guest feel at home. Gratzzi offers an array of Italian cuisine from lunchtime classics like paninis and insalatas to gourmet dinners offering steak and seafood. Gratzzi is located at 2112nd St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. http://gratzzigrille.com/
FLUTE AND DRAM: Flûte & Dram welcomes discerning champagne lovers and caviar aficionados with our extensive collection of deluxe caviars, fine champagnes and rare spirits to delight your palate. We are conveniently located on Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg.
Flûte refers to the classic champagne glass, and Dram is a Scottish derived word that refers to a shot of whisky. The name and concept was inspired by a champagne bar in New York City, but with a Florida flair! Within 2400 square feet, Flûte & Dram carries the largest selection of champagne per square foot in St. Petersburg, and the collection of both champagne and spirits are beautifully displayed. In addition, you will find an incredible selection of whiskey at Flûte & Dram. There are 200-250 different varieties, including Japanese, Scotch, Irish, Rye, and American. Bourbon is the biggest seller here, and Flûte & Dram carries true Kentucky Bourbon. Flute & Dram is open Monday through Thursday from 4pm to midnight, Fridays from 4pm to 2am, Saturdays from 12pm to 2am, and Sundays from 12pm to midnight. 727-350-5657. Flute & Dram is located at 234 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. www.flutendram.com
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