Owner and Executive Chef David Benstock is the impetus behind the modern Italian eatery known as Il Ritorno. With humble beginnings as a busboy at a local restaurant in St Petersburg, Florida, Chef David Benstock always loved food and found his journey from culinary school through the kitchens of various restaurants in Colorado, New York City, and Miami before being led back to his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, where he used his experience to open his own modern Italian eatery known as Il Ritorno. The name of the restaurant is quite fitting as it means “the return”. Patrons will enjoy Chef Benstock’s return to St. Petersburg by indulging in the delicious Italian food offered on his menu.


Reservations can be made for Il Ritorno by calling the restaurant directly at (727) 897-5900 or by making a reservation online via OpenTable. Please note that reservations will be held up to 20 minutes after the specified reservation time as a courtesy to other patrons.

Dress Code

Il Ritorno has a business-casual dress code. Patrons are not permitted to wear casual items such as tennis shoes, flip flops, athletic wear, baseball hats, etc.


The menu at Il Ritorno is a nod to a modern take on Italian fare offered Chef David Benstock. This menu is one that offers interestingly delicious twists to classic Italian cuisine. Il Ritorno is committed to providing all guests with a memorable dining experience by accommodating dietary restrictions or special preparation requests. The menu offerings are as follows:

· Food Menu - Chef’s five-course menu tasting, five-course wine pairing, steamed mussels, baby beets, caprese, pork campanelle, bucatini pomodoro, tallegio agnolotti, pan-seared chicken, diver scallops, duck breast, pancetta spiced grouper, and more.

· Dessert Menu - Tiramisu, apple fritter, affogato, house-made gelato, several dessert wines, several variations of coffee.

· Wine and Beer Menu - An assortment of white, red, sparkling, and dessert wines as well as draft and bottled beers.

Private Events

Il Ritorno is the perfect place to have a private event. With a sophisticated, warm welcoming environment and excellent food and service, Il Ritorno provides an excellent venue option for those who want to enjoy their special occasion in a special place. Il Ritorno also offers off-site catering service if so desired.

Customers can choose between five different menu options, with each menu capped at a maximum headcount of 55 people. A fully customized appetizer menu is also available, and there is a smaller menu to suit various budgets.

Il Ritorno encourages those interested in private dining and catered services to visit Il Ritorno for a tasting to ensure that Il Ritorno provides the best service possible.

More information about private event services is available via the Il Ritorno website.


Il Ritorno, 449 Central Avenue #101, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, website, Phone: 727-897-5900

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