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St. Pete’s newest Italian restaurant

Sophia's Cucina

Sophia’s Cucina and Enoteca, the much-anticipated sister restaurant to popular Lolita’s Wine Market, has opened at 2349 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.

It offers traditional Italian dishes, but many have a fresh take. For example, its piccata uses swordfish in place of grouper. The cocktail list is inventive, using unusual flavors like rhubarb bitters and hibiscus in its prosecco spritzer.

Two warnings:

1) Make a reservation. It’s small, holding only 15 tables. The community table and bar are available on first-come, first-served basis.

2) The restaurant is loud. Go with people who don’t mind that you’re shouting.

Missy Hurley, APR, B2 Communications

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