Best Of 2018

Best upscale Italian: FARMTABLE CUCINA

Best upscale Italian

Dining al fresco outside on the large, covered second-floor terrace feels like a Tuscan holiday because the laser-like focus is on a “fresh, house-made cuisine influenced by seasonal, regionally sourced and carefully curated ingredients.” From fried cauliflower florets and Florida burrata to ethereal pastas and wood-fired dry-aged beef, FarmTable Cucina delivers with a “grande” flourish. Don’t skip “dolce” — the butterscotch budino is divine. If you’ve got a crowd, the magnificent Taste of Cucina is a five-course family-style feast that’s not to be missed. And on Wednesday or Sunday, there are half-price bottles of wine to match. Locale Market, 179 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-523-6297, farmtablecucina.com. —Jon Palmer Claridge