Sea Salt, located in St. Pete's Sundial in the downtown waterfront area, is pioneering an incomparable experience in one of the country's emerging dining destinations. The seafood restaurant welcomes diners in a sophisticated, metropolitan restaurant with unique designer-decorated dining niches, a soaring wine tower with 6,000 bottles curated by a sommelier and recognized by Wine Spectator magazine with a top award, St. Pete's premier oyster bar, a lively bar, and a wide range of private and semi-private dining spaces for parties of up to 120. The broad, chef-directed menu leans toward Italian and seafood with items that satisfy all palates.Click to view website
St. Petersburg, FL
Sea Salt is the vision of Chef-Owner Fabrizio Aielli, a nationally recognized chef who also owns Sea Salt's sister restaurants: Barbatella in Naples, Dorona in Naples, and Sea Salt in St. Pete. Chef Aielli, supported by a talented culinary team, creates an oft-changing menu that draws from the earth and sea in dishes that reflect centuries of tradition and the latest technology. Diners journey through a fusion of flavors Chef Aielli calls "Venetian World" cuisine, allowing them to explore tastes authentic to his native Venice, with dashes from faraway culinary palates. Each dish is a revelation of new flavor reflecting the Chef's open mind and imagination.Click to view website
Barbatella is a spirited Italian trattoria located on Third Street South in Old Naples, serving Italian regional cuisine. The restaurant is a popular gathering spot for lunch and dinner, with a casual, elegant ambiance and friendly, warm service. Diners graze from a bar menu of small bites or revel in an expansive menu of pastas, meats and specialties. The restaurant features a courtyard anchored by one of downtown's iconic fountains, a wine room known for its community table and stunning green wall and ceiling medallions, and a dining room with an open kitchen, pizza oven from Naples, Italy, and retail shop selling gelato and artisan food items.Click to view website
Dorona, Modern Italian Steakhouse
This modern Italian Steakhouse not only features the finest custom cuts of beef available from select farms but also gives the dining experience an Italian touch through signature dishes and ingredients from the Aielli's homeland.
The Aielli Group, headed by Chef Fabrizio Aielli and wife Ingrid, brings extensive professional management experience from years running successful restaurants in Domestic and abroad. During the past 20 years, they have successively owned and operated restaurants in Washington DC and Naples, Florida. All have received various awards and national recognition, including Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurant (Goldoni Ristorante, Osteria Goldoni, Teatro Goldoni & Sea Salt), Five Diamond Award, Dirona Award, Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence ( multiple years), Food & Wine Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, and others.
The Aielli team delivers the crucial ingredients for restaurant success: wonderful ambiance, great food, and impeccable service. They are committed to meeting the high expectations of their guests and keeping an open mind towards innovation.
Chef Fabrizio Aielli was born in the heart of the Adriatic coast of Italy and began his culinary career as a young boy by observing his mother's cooking. From her he inherited his passion for traditional Italian cuisine and his childhood memories would later serve as his inspiration to become an authentic Venetian chef, with, however, his own individual style and innovative ideas. Evident in his cuisine are high quality standards paired with aspirations to constantly surprise his guests with new creations and delightful flavor combinations, making every meal an unforgettable dining experience.
Ingrid Aielli oversees the front of the house and is responsible for the hiring and training of their management staff. She believes the relationship begins the minute a guest walks through the front door and insists her staff is enthusiastic and sincerely enjoy interacting with customers. Her philosophy is that a successful restaurant must provide a combination of great food and beverages, service, and ambiance to ensure that all of customers leave in good spirits and their expectations exceeded.