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San Valentino: A Taste of Italy in Downtown St. Pete

| Suncoast Post Staff |

In the heart of St. Petersburg’s vibrant Grand Central District, a new culinary gem is set to grace the bustling streets. Julius Nasso, the visionary behind The Big City Group and Big City Hospitality, has unveiled plans for San Valentino Italian Market, an exquisite blend of tradition and modernity slated to open its doors later this year at 2063 1st Avenue South.

Occupying the spacious 12,082-square-foot building, formerly home to Classic Architectural, San Valentino Italian Market aims to captivate patrons with its opulent offerings. Nestled discreetly behind Trophy Fish seafood restaurant, this venture marks Big City Hospitality’s inaugural foray into downtown St. Pete, promising a culinary experience like no other.

Drawing inspiration from the illustrious Eataly chain, San Valentino Italian Market is poised to emulate its renowned counterpart, presenting a curated selection of eateries, delicatessens, and artisanal stalls. From savory delights to sweet indulgences, guests can anticipate a gastronomic journey through Italy’s rich culinary landscape, all under one roof.

While specifics regarding the market’s offerings remain under wraps, anticipation runs high among locals eager to savor the flavors of Italy in their own backyard. The announcement follows Nasso and his team’s successful stint at Mezzo Market, where they tantalized taste buds with glimpses of what’s to come.

Excitement for San Valentino Italian Market extends beyond the realm of gastronomy, as the venture proudly sponsors the esteemed 19th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival, adding a touch of cultural flair to the city’s vibrant arts scene. Such community engagement mirrors Nasso’s multifaceted background, which includes a storied career in real estate development, highlighted by his instrumental role in shaping downtown St. Pete’s skyline.

As the countdown to its grand opening commences, enthusiasts are encouraged to stay tuned to San Valentino’s social media channels for the latest updates and announcements. From savory sensations to cultural celebrations, San Valentino Italian Market promises to be a culinary destination where every visit is a feast for the senses.

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