Chef from downtown Tampa restaurant Cena defeats Food Network's Bobby Flay

Chef Butta beat that ass.

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Channelside restaurant Cena was closed for dinner service on Thursday for a very good reason—staff was celebrating Chef Michael Buttacavolli's appearance, and win, on the Food Network’s competition show “Beat Bobby Flay.”

The party started at 6 p.m when the Best of the Bay-winning restaurant’s 200-seat patio opened on a first-come, first-served basis; only Buttacavolli's was allowed to make a reservations.

A limited menu was be available for purchase during the watch party, including Chef Butta’s (as he’s called on social media) spicy meatballs that made an appearance on the game day-themed show.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the balls are a mix of “ground beef, hot Italian sausage and spicy nduja salami and were coupled with mozzarella and fried basil on a toasted roll.”

Butta served the meatballs sandwich style with Parmesan pecorino sauce. It was enough to beat Flay, a Food Network fixture who’s hosted 16 cooking shows and specials for the network.

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Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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