11/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Tonight I fell in love with Bernini in Ybor. I have dined in restaurants in Europe from Paris to Lisbon but those dinners had nothing over Bernini of Ybor in terms of quality, food, service and surroundings.
My dining partners enjoyed, and I mean enjoyed, Lemon Pepper Scented Flash Fried Calamari, a menu of tempting Pastas and Entrees while I settled into the finest Atlantic Salmon I have ever tasted. Being from California, I have enjoyed salmon many ways but I must commend the talented Executive Chef, Paul Bonanno on his splendid preparation of my dinner. It was exquisite in taste, with a light crab citrus salsa and delightful presentation on bed of saut?ed leeks and spinach. The Grilled Atlantic Salmon will be one of my favorite meals forever.
We were a large group, with the dreaded separate checks, numerous drink orders, and many requests for bread, butter and herbed olive oil. All of these demands were met with grace and charm including a group photo graciously taken by our waiter Johnny, a wonderfully energetic and organized young man.
We were able to enjoy half price entrees with $2.00 Finlandia Martinis. Such a bargain in these times. Because of our groups size the gratuity was included at the discounted cost so I would suggest you add a bit if you enjoy your experience half as much as we did.
Oh, did I mention the beautiful surroundings and ambiance of the old Ybor Bank Building and reasonable, easy valet parking. A thoroughly delightful, delicious dining experience.