Michael Buttacavoli, chef of upscale Italian eatery, Cena, will open a casual pizzeria concept next door, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal (TBBJ). The pizzeria, Butta's second restaurant, has not yet been named but is expected to open its doors to hungry eaters within coming months.
The casual eatery's menu will feature classics such as "all-encompassing" pizzas, subs, pasta, salad, beer, liquor and wine, but will also take on a modern, Cena-esque flair and "won't be just a pizza joint," says Buttacavoli.
Cena's outdoor pizza bar and eight TVs became a popular spot for locals during Bucs and Lightning playoff runs, popularizing Cena's outdoor-dining-only menu, such as its traditional Italian pizza and the meatball parmesan subs that beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay—both of which will be found on the new concept's menu.
The top-rated chef says the pizzeria will have its own identity and shouldn't be considered a sister restaurant to the modern Cena, but its dishes will be made will similar high-quality ingredients and flavors.