Fast-casual Italian concept Jay & Luigi opens in St. Petersburg next week

The new restaurant joins its Ciccio Restaurant Group siblings on 4th St. N.

click to enlarge Ciccio Restaurant Group / Facebook
Ciccio Restaurant Group / Facebook
A new place to get fresh pizza and pasta on the fly is headed to 3201 4th St. N in St. Petersburg, when trattoria-style restaurant Jay & Luigi celebrates its grand opening on Friday, Jan. 28.

There will be several naturally-fermented Roman and Neapolitan-style pizzas to choose from on the Jay & Luigi menu, including the Sophia—with roasted garlic, tomato, arugula, sea salt, EVOO, balsamic and prosciutto— and the Sweet Jamie Kay, complete with tomato, house-made mozzarella, soppressata and Calabrian honey.

Pizza connoisseurs will know this, but a Roman-style pizza is square and more doughier, while a Neapolitan pizza is your typical thin crust, usually adorned with fat blobs of mozzarella.

One featured pasta at Jay & Luigi will be the limoncello rigatoni, complete with fermented lemon, pickled chili and parmigiana cheese. In addition to many pizza and pasta offerings, the rest of the Italian-forward menu will consist of small plates, salads and cauliflower rice bowls.

St. Pete’s newest Italian spot is a culinary collaboration between Ciccio Restaurant Group and Forbici’s co-founder Jason Brunetti. As co-founder and former partner of Hyde Park Village’s Forbici Modern Italia and current owner of multiple pizzerias in New York, Brunetti is no stranger to the pizza game.

Although there are no hours of operation listed on the Jay & Luigi website, keep up with the latest information by following @jayluigistpete on Instagram.


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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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