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.

 

 

 

$75
Chef’s 5-Course Tasting
$45
5-Course Wine Pairing
ANTIPASTI
$14
House Salad
Arugula Baby Heirloom Tomato, Watermelon Radish, Kalamata Olive, Lemon Pecorino Vinaigrette
$15
Caprese
Burrata, Heirloom Tomatoes, 10-Year Aged Balsamic, Basil Oil
$16
Charred Octopus
Black Garlic, Saffron, Caramelized Fennel, Parsnip, Lardo
$16
Torched Hamachi
Charred Brussel Leaves, White Alba Truffle Aioli, Beet Pickled Pearl Onions
$15
Roasted Baby Beet Salad
Calabrese Chili Gel, Smoked Shishito Peppers, Crispy Pecorino, Purple Haze
$16
Steamed Mussels
Lamb Nduja, Caramelized Onions, Calabrese Chili, Charred Ciabatta
$14
Smoked Meatballs
Smoked Pomodoro, Piave, Chianti, Fresh Basil
$15
Root Vegetable Salad
Celery Root Vinaigrette, Salsify, Shaved Beets, Charred Frisee, Pickled Fresnos
$65
Japanese A5 Wagyu New York Strip
Crispy Garlic, Fermented Fennel and Kohlrabi, Charred Scallion
PRIMI
$22
Short Rib Mezzaluna
Truffle Fonduta, Concentrated Tomatoes, Piave, Garlic Chives
$23
Capellini Nero
Shrimp, Tarragon Dust, Pernod, Spicy Calabrese Soppressata
$21
Rye Agnolotti
Charred Brussel/Ricotta Filling, Crispy Apple, Espelette, Crispy Brussel Leaves
$24
Rabbit Garganelli
Rabbit Bolognese, Burrata Espuma, Crispy Garlic, Parsley Dust
$24
Cinghiale Rigatoni
Braised Wild Boar, Crispy Kale, Cinnamon, Amber Lager, Clove
$40
Fresh White Alba Truffle Risotto
Burro, Grana Padana, Aquarello Riso
$22
Mushroom Carbonara
Crispy Pork Jowls, Sous Vide Farm Egg, Black Pepper, Exotic Mushrooms
$21
Tallegio Agnolotti
Crispy Lamb Belly, Charred Leeks, Chives
$22
Ricotta Gnocchi
Bone Marrow, Parsnip, Oyster Mushrooms, Mustard Greens
$19
Bucatini Pomodoro
Fresh Basil, Ligurian Olive Oil, Burrata
SECONDI
$34
Tuna
Smoked Cannelini Beans, Charred Romanesco, Pepperonata, Castelvetrano, Preserved Lemon
$35
Steamed American Red Snapper
Crispy Basil Rice, Charred Rapini, Fennel Sausage, Fermented Kohlrabi, Calabrese Chili, Cherry Tomatoes
$28
Pan Roasted Chicken
Sunchoke Broth, Purple Potato Gnocchi, Caramelized Fennel, Pickled Pear
$40
Venison*
Smoked Kale, Butternut Squash, Candied Almonds, Cranberry Red Wine Jus
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Chef’s Cast Iron Steak*
Charred Endive, Roasted Baby Turnips, Alba Truffle Butter, Red Wine Pine Nut Gremolata
DESSERTS
$10
Olive Oil Lemon Cake
Blackberry Gelato, Lemon Basil Curd, Fresh Blackberry
$9
Cannoli
Cinnamon Ricotta Cream, White Chocolate, Grilled Peach, Rhubarb Jam, Candied Pecans
$9
Ricotta Zeppoles
Nutella, Candied Hazelnuts
$6
Affogato
Vanilla Gelato, Espresso
$5
Gelato
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
727.897.5900

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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