Italian food-lovers of Gulfport will no longer have to choose between Pia’s Trattoria and Tutto Bene for dinner, as Pia’s is expanding and taking over the space formerly occupied by its neighbor.
According to the Gulfport Gabber, owner Pia Goff will create a new concept for the space, called Pia’s Veranda.
Tutto Bene took to Facebook last week to announce its closure as owners Allan and Michelle Bishop decided to pack up shop and move back to Canada—although they did mention they would retain snowbird status. One of the most striking characteristics of their homey Italian spot was its outdoor seating adorned with warm lights and large umbrellas—which will soon be a revamped sidewalk attraction for its neighbors.
Pia’s—known for its decorative greenery and “cozy Old Italy atmosphere”— will now utilize the most popular aspects of Tutto Bene, like its live music, dog friendly atmosphere, and wide variety of wines when Pia’s Veranda opens at 3038 Beach Blvd. S.
Tutto Bene owners also sold their coffee shop Gulfperk to its former manager, although there will be no major changes to its staff or menu.
Although dismayed Tutto Bene patrons will miss the restaurant’s homemade pizzas and beloved lobster raviolis, they will have a variety of Italian comfort food to choose from when Pia’s expands. Staples on the Pia’s Trattoria menu include paninis, fresh pastas (with gluten free options), and other classics like marsalas, parmigianas and piccatas.
Keep up with any upcoming news about the expansion of Pia’s Veranda on via the Pia's Facebook page.
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