About Osteria Natalina
In Italy, a long and civilized dinner, punctuated with conversations, is the norm, as eating is very much a social exercise designed to allow people to meet, reaffirm connections with friends and family, and enjoy themselves. We hope our little restuarant can serve as that setting for you and your loved ones.
Osteria Natalina Vino E Cucina came to fruition after a long thought on how to bring back Italy, especially Rimini, to The Tampa Bay Area. Osteria Natalina is named after Spartaco’s (The Owner) mother who still resides in Rimini, Italy, with many visits to Tampa.
The Name Osteria is a term listed in Italy just below the term Trattoria, meaning a bit less fancy and more of a casual feel but still with great homemade food. If you were to list them it would go as such: Restaurant, Trattoria, Osteria, Locanda. From the most fancy and elegant to the least fancy and more casual of the eateries in Italy.
Now Natalina got her name due to the fact that she was born on Christmas Eve.. just a few years back. She was born in Rimini and her father was a fisherman. She married and had 5 children that all still live in Italy, except for Spartaco her second eldest son, who lives in Tampa. Natalina made pasta every day during Spartaco’s childhood and still today, she visits and makes her wonderful homemade pastas. The strozzapreti pasta, also known as the Priest Chocker is a special hometown favorite that is also found on our menu. The strozzapreti pasta is made with flour and water only, and takes on a spiral form holding onto any sauce that is paired with it. We have authentic pictures throughout the Restaurant of Mamma Natalina making pasta and bringing smiles to all.
Vino E Cucina: Simply means wines and kitchen in Italian.
As a picture on our wall states:
With Sincere Thanks:
I dedicate this restaurant to my Mother, Natalina, whose inspiration, support and love is felt here everyday ... all the way from Rimini. Per te Mamma.
I would personally like to thank my loyal customers and friends for the support and enthusiasm shown to me in the re-opening of “Osteria Natalina.” Grazie Mille.
Most importantly, to my wife, Dominique, who I will never be able to thank enough for her strength, support and commitment to our success. Un Mondo di Bene ...
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About Spartaco The Owner
Spartaco himself has been in the Restaurant business his entire life and graduated from the Restaurant Hotel School in Italy; arrived in Tampa over 25 years ago to work at a famous Italian Restaurant with his Cousin who was one of the original owners of this Restaurant. He also worked in Atlanta at his Cousin’s other Restaurant then ventured out on his own with Spartaco Trattoria in 2000. While still owning Spartaco Trattoria he opened up Vino E Pasta. After selling both places or so he thought… Spartaco left for Italy to venture on small group private tours of various regions in Italy. In May of 2009 he re-opened in the same location as Spartaco Trattoria’s …. Osteria Natalina’s. Spartaco has been written up in many articles and reviews even in the local Rimini newspaper. He invites you to join us in a gastronomical adventure here at Osteria Natalina’s ...
Spartaco’s hometown of Rimini is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea with beautiful fresh seafood and many fantastic pastas that are all duplicated here at Osteria Natalina’s. Rimini is a beautiful seaside town that hosts tourist from around the world during the summer months and is also the sister city to our own Ft Lauderdale. It is often referred to as the Vacation Mecca of the Adriatic. Rimini is an extremely old city that was built in part by the Romans and even before. The Arch D’ Augusto the entrance to the city protecting them from the landside and the Tiberio Bridge protecting them from the seaside are both still intact and used to this day. These pictures are in the Restaurant.
Now the Northern Coastal part of Italy including Rimini is most popular for seafood and we have just that here at our restaurant, including scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, and fresh fish. We also have beautiful pasta dishes as well, including Seafood Lasagna, The ‘Bel Sit’( Named after Spartaco’s brothers restaurant in Italy) a seafood mix with pasta and your choice of red or white sauce and other various dishes. In Italy it is customary to have a long and civilized meal with conversation; as eating is very much a social activity.