Tis the season to give, deck (not fellow shoppers, but boughs of holly) and keep a jolly song in your heart — or at least on your tongue! The best way to do that is with lots of cheese and foodie treats. South Tampas local retail shops are singing joyous, all together with amazing selections for entertaining and gift giving. On top of that, they have their own special twists to keep you coming back. When you shop for culinary treasures this holiday season, choose stores owned by local entrepreneurs and give a gift to the community that truly keeps on giving!
One of the quaintest retail spots is Bianchis Enoteca on S. MacDill. Not only can you enjoy a cup o joe from Buddy Brew Coffee (another local business to check out) while you peruse the stores treasures, you can also savor a delicious goat cheese omelet, ham croissant or gourmet grilled cheese at the café bar. The thoughtfully composed menu was put together by Romeo Patron (he also does the cooking) and includes a house made raspberry jam with a tart finish that sings like a harp on the toast brought in from Rock Hill Bakehouse in New York. The daily selections are cleverly listed on chalkboards made from recycled doors that existed in the previous space. This wine repository is truly a lovely spot to purchase wine, cheese and unique items. Bianchis Enoteca is open Tuesday through Saturday with varying convenient hours. The owner, Susan Bianchi, has both restaurant and retail experience making this the perfect venture for her creative expertise.