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Bella Brava, Domenica Macchia part ways

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Sad news to report but my favorite chef, the ever mercurial Domenica Macchia, and my favorite restaurant, Bella Brava, have decided to part ways.  I really don’t know where this leaves Domenica.  She is one of the most talented chefs I know, but has had trouble settling down into one place.  As for Bella Brava, their license to print money, err, I mean, move to Beach Drive is on-track (although they just started going through permitting yesterday). Developing…

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Beer dinner at Z Grille tonight!

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As any reader of this blog knows, my favorite chef in Tampa Bay is also your favorite chef. By that I mean my favorite Chef is Domenica Macchia, winner of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay award. If I had to name a second favorite chef, the answer undoubtedly would be Zach Gross at Z Grille. A Beard Award nominee, Zach is about as good as it gets in Tampa Bay. Yet, what’s cool about Zach is how non-plussed he…

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Food and Wine Wednesday: Domenica Macchia moving to Bella Brava

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From the Mouth of Tampa Bay: Greg Pugh, owner of Diner 437 and Ringside Cafe, and chef Domenica Macchia will part company this next week when she leaves the diner to take a position at Bella Brava. Pugh is considering several exciting candidates for the chef position at Diner 437 and, as he says, “I want people in downtown St. Petersburg to walk in and say ‘Wow, how can they have this quality of food and this quality of service…

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PoHo picks up some hardware

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From Creative Loafing: Because Creative Loafing Political Editor Wayne Garcia would be far too modest to tell you himself, I’m reporting that this here blog, “The Political Whore,” won first place in the category of Blog-Affiliated last night in the Sunshine State Awards, the Florida-wide prizes given out by the Society of Professional Journalists/ South Florida. New Times Broward Palm Beach’s “The Juice” and the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel’s “Broward Politics” came in second and third, respectively. But Kudos to…

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Shackleton’s and Domenica Macchia part ways

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Domenica Macchia, most recently at MJ’s Martini Jazz and Tapas Lounge has parted ways with Shackleton’s Folly owner Dan Soronen. According to Soronen and Macchia, this split is partly due to a divergent vision of the restaurant’s concept, and partly as a byproduct of the slow pace of opening (Shackleton’s has been seriously delayed by permitting and construction issues). “I’m a bar guy,” says Soronen. “That’s what I was shooting for, a bar with good quality food.” Macchia, on the…

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Terrible experience at MJ’s

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I had heard a lot of bad things about MJ’s Jazz Lounge before I even walked through the door on Thursday night. The manner in which they fired top chef Domenica Macchia, in which they basically hired her to design a four-star menu, which she did, and then fired her soon after the restaurant’s opening, did not sit well with me or many others in the restaurant community. Still, I had heard good things about the food. This may have…

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One of my favorite chefs lands a new gig

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From the Mouth of Tampa Bay: Big news, eaters! A while back I wrote about Dan Soronen’s new project, Shackleton’s Folly. Previously the owner of St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast Tavern, Dan was venturing south to the Coquina Key Shopping Plaza (4300 6th St. S) for this new project, named for the Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton.He’s hired a chef. A good one. Domenica Macchia, former chef at MJ’s Martini Jazz and Tapas Lounge (see my rave review of her food here)…

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