Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lauro's Will Be Missed

Talk about "a day late and a dollar short." My bride and I just recently discovered a venerable Tampa dining treasure that we somehow had missed over the years ... Lauro's Ristorante Italiano. Today in the Tampa Bay Times we read that Lauro's had permanently closed. That is horribly upsetting and very sad news. Tampa has lost another truly great, locally owned dining establishment.

Equally disheartening, in the same paper was the news that a new chain restaurant was opening up out on Chain Restaurant Boulevard (Boy Scout Road) that plans on serving pretty much the same, stuff as most every other upscale chain. Joy to the world ... just what Tampa needs, another same old, same old high dollar eating place.

Those two stories together leave the Tampa culinary scene mired in the muck of mediocrity. How sad.

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