The weather is prime for rooftop dining in Tampa Bay, and luckily for foodies, there's no shortage of elevated views and sips. Count Ybor City newbie Casa Santo Stefano in, too, after it officially debuted a indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, Santo's Drinkeria.
If you need a little caffeine after a carb overload in the dining room, opt for the coffee menu with options like espresso, espresso doppio (double shot), latte, macchiato or the Caffè Corretto with a Taste of Sambuca.
When it comes to boozy sips, Santo's is shaking up six different specialty cocktails. Like the Nana's Mela($13) made with Ybor's own Gaspar's Gasparilla Apple Spiced Rum shaken with apple juice and pasteurized egg. The menu says that one sip will "take you back to your Nana's kitchen and the scents of her apple crostata baking in the oven."
There's also the Bocce Ball ($12), with Vulcanica vodka, fresh-squeezed orange juice and Amaretto di Saschira and the Santo's Shandy ($12) made with Hoegaarden Wheat Beer topped with Montenegro Amaro and a splash of fresh grapefruit juice.
Not in the mood for a signature cocktail? You can choose a glass or bottle from the extensive wine list.
Whether you're waiting for a table downstairs or just want a bite to eat with your sips, food options on the rooftop include small plates like Scacciata Siciliana made of Santa Stefano's sfincione bread, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, pecorino and Sicilian caciocavallo cheese. Other dishes include antipasto eats as well as a platter of imported meats and cheeses with Sicilian olives and marinated vegetables. A simple order of Puccia will get you bread, herbs, and oil.
Santo's Drinkeria also cooks up sandwiches like the Porchetta with Salsa Verde made with slow-roasted porchetta, salsa verde and pickled onions ($12). There are also five cartocciata (traditional Sicilian street food dishes similar to calzones, $8-$10). Even better is that two of the five are vegan, like the Cartocciata Di Caponata made with Lily's classic eggplant tossed with roasted garlic, celery, tomatoes, olives, capers, red onion and pine nuts.
The lineup for desserts includes selections like gelato, panna cotta, tiramisu, and a handful of other signature bites.
Santo's Drinkeria is open from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily and can be accessed through the outdoor stairway on the building's garden-side entrance or by taking the indoor elevator to the second floor.
The concept is located at 1607 N. 22nd St. in Ybor City.
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