February 10, 2017
Tampa has such a rich Spanish, Latin, Cuban, and Italian heritage. I got my first inkling (or tasting) of authentic Italian food as a first grader at Most Holy Name Catholic School in Ybor City…right across the street from the old Garcia’s Instant Service station. While the school is long gone – I still drive by the huge old oak tree which is still there.
I often remember being invited to my friend’s home for dinner and being served tomato gravy made the true Italian way…and watching my friend’s mom make cannoli shells from scratch, even her ricotta cheese was homemade. Her tomato gravy (or sauce as us gringo’s call it) had pork, meatballs, and sometimes even chicken and hard-boiled eggs in it…which was always an extra treat.
I was the ripe old age of six was when I first became aware of Cacciatore and Sons, who have been serving Tampa for 100 years or better. Italian sausage is a mainstay in my home and if I am not making it myself – there is only one place I will buy it from – and that is Cacciatore and Sons.
Cacciatore and Sons
3614 North Armenia Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33607
Open Monday thru Saturday 8:30am to 6:00pm