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Restaurant Name: CICCIO’S & TONY’S
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Address: 1015 S. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL
Phone Number: (813) 251-8406

Lunch Mon-Fri
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Seven days

Dress: Adult
Reservations: None taken except for large groups
Credit Cards: Major
Prices: $9-$15 average lunch
Description of Restaurant:

Following an appearance at “Daytime TV” studios downtown Tampa, I wanted to check out Howard Avenue and the new restaurants that over the years had been growing around Bern’s Steak House.

So while reading the lunch menu from stir fries, wraps, sushi, salads and more, Derek Jeter walked in and sat in the booth next to us. Our delicious food arrived and when we left I said hello to Jeter and told him that Regis is a great admirer of his (as he knows). Derek told me to say “Hi” to Regis for him. (Jeter’s home is in Tampa – his new big MANSION).

Boys and girls, Ciccio’s is a good lunch rendezvous set along this busy restaurant row.

“The Love Chef” (Francis Anthony) is the author of several cookbooks and appears on local and national TV. You can find his cookbooks at and/or visit his website “Cooking With Love” and “The Love Chef” are registered trademarks.


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