Il Ritorno: Innovative Modern Italian in St. Petersburg, Florida!

The name IL Ritorno translates to “The Return” in Italian…

And marks the homecoming of Owner and Executive Chef, David Benstock. Il Ritorno creates modern Italian dishes for the discerning palate, introducing new and interesting flavor combinations that add elegance to a traditionally rustic cuisine.



Above: Hamachi Crudo–beautiful and flavorful.

Below: Two freshly made pastas, Wild Boar Ragu, a hearty dish with surprising and scintillating flavors of cinnamon and clove, and Rye Gnocchi, a house specialty.




Chef’s 5-Course Tasting
5-Course Wine Pairing
House Salad
Arugula Baby Heirloom Tomato, Watermelon Radish, Kalamata Olive, Lemon Pecorino Vinaigrette
Burrata, Heirloom Tomatoes, 10-Year Aged Balsamic, Basil Oil
Charred Octopus
Black Garlic, Saffron, Caramelized Fennel, Parsnip, Lardo
Torched Hamachi
Charred Brussel Leaves, White Alba Truffle Aioli, Beet Pickled Pearl Onions
Roasted Baby Beet Salad
Calabrese Chili Gel, Smoked Shishito Peppers, Crispy Pecorino, Purple Haze
Steamed Mussels
Lamb Nduja, Caramelized Onions, Calabrese Chili, Charred Ciabatta
Smoked Meatballs
Smoked Pomodoro, Piave, Chianti, Fresh Basil
Root Vegetable Salad
Celery Root Vinaigrette, Salsify, Shaved Beets, Charred Frisee, Pickled Fresnos
Japanese A5 Wagyu New York Strip
Crispy Garlic, Fermented Fennel and Kohlrabi, Charred Scallion
Short Rib Mezzaluna
Truffle Fonduta, Concentrated Tomatoes, Piave, Garlic Chives
Capellini Nero
Shrimp, Tarragon Dust, Pernod, Spicy Calabrese Soppressata
Rye Agnolotti
Charred Brussel/Ricotta Filling, Crispy Apple, Espelette, Crispy Brussel Leaves
Rabbit Garganelli
Rabbit Bolognese, Burrata Espuma, Crispy Garlic, Parsley Dust
Cinghiale Rigatoni
Braised Wild Boar, Crispy Kale, Cinnamon, Amber Lager, Clove
Fresh White Alba Truffle Risotto
Burro, Grana Padana, Aquarello Riso
Mushroom Carbonara
Crispy Pork Jowls, Sous Vide Farm Egg, Black Pepper, Exotic Mushrooms
Tallegio Agnolotti
Crispy Lamb Belly, Charred Leeks, Chives
Ricotta Gnocchi
Bone Marrow, Parsnip, Oyster Mushrooms, Mustard Greens
Bucatini Pomodoro
Fresh Basil, Ligurian Olive Oil, Burrata
Smoked Cannelini Beans, Charred Romanesco, Pepperonata, Castelvetrano, Preserved Lemon
Steamed American Red Snapper
Crispy Basil Rice, Charred Rapini, Fennel Sausage, Fermented Kohlrabi, Calabrese Chili, Cherry Tomatoes
Pan Roasted Chicken
Sunchoke Broth, Purple Potato Gnocchi, Caramelized Fennel, Pickled Pear
Smoked Kale, Butternut Squash, Candied Almonds, Cranberry Red Wine Jus
Chef’s Cast Iron Steak*
Charred Endive, Roasted Baby Turnips, Alba Truffle Butter, Red Wine Pine Nut Gremolata
Olive Oil Lemon Cake
Blackberry Gelato, Lemon Basil Curd, Fresh Blackberry
Cinnamon Ricotta Cream, White Chocolate, Grilled Peach, Rhubarb Jam, Candied Pecans
Ricotta Zeppoles
Nutella, Candied Hazelnuts
Vanilla Gelato, Espresso
Executive Chef David Lazer Benstock

Il Ritorno has a full cocktail bar as well as a global wine list with emphasis on Italy.


Above photos by Fred Bollaci

Photos below by the restaurant.


Il Ritorno has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence!

Il Ritorno Downtown
449 Central Avenue North #101
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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