Local Bites: Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar in South Tampa

There's a new restaurant within walkable distance from my condo, and I couldn't be more thrilled! Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar quietly made its entrance to the Ballast Point area, but don't let that little splash fool you - this food is not to be missed out on. Since its official opening earlier this month, we've been three times, and everything, from the cocktails to the entrees to the dessert, has been consistently incredible. 

While the exterior appears pretty inconspicuous, the interior is beautifully designed, offering plenty of seating and a casual lounge kind of vibe. There's a separate space that looks ideal for events, and seating is available both at the cocktail bar and over where the pizza is prepared. Outdoor seating accompanied by whimsical string lights is also offered for those with furry companions. And while the food here is delicious, I will say that the big appeal here are the cocktails - they are phenomenal. For those of you South Tampa folks not wanting to make the drive to Fly Bar or wait the excruciating wait at Ciro's, you must head to Sociale.

F-18: Muddled cucumbers with infused Plymouth gin, homemade simple syrup & fresh-squeezed lime juice

Meat + Cheese Board: Provolone and fresh mozzarella, salami, capicola and pepperoni, and artichokes and watermelon chunks atop a bed of arugula. Offering varies daily.

Beef meatballs with tomato vodka sauce

Create-Your-Own-Pasta (small): Rigatoni and mushrooms tossed in a tomato vodka sauce

Grilled 10 oz Bone-In Pork Chop

Within our last three visits, we've tried quite a few items on the menu, but the ones that stand out most are the F-18, the pan-seared Crab Cakes, the Meat + Cheese Board, the Create Your Own Pasta, specifically, the rigatoni in tomato vodka sauce, and the Tiramisu. Next visit, I'm going for some pizza!

Sociale Italian Tapas + Pizza Bar is located at 5427 Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. The restaurant is closed on Monday and open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. To stay updated on the latest happenings at Sociale, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.