Downtown St. Pete's Modern Italian Eatery 

449 Central Avenue, st Petersburg, FL 33701


The name IL Ritorno translates to “The Return” in Italian...

And marks the homecoming of Owner and Executive Chef, David Benstock. IL Ritorno creates modern Italian dishes for the discerning palate, introducing new and interesting flavor combinations that add elegance to a traditionally rustic cuisine.

Reservation Policy: As a courtesy, tables will be held for 20 minutes past your stated arrival time. Please call to notify the restaurant of any delays or party changes.

Dress Code: The appropriate attire at IL Ritorno is business casual. We ask that no beach attire, sports jerseys, athletic shorts, tennis shoes, or flip-flops be worn. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 




(727) 897-5900



449 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701



M-Th 5p–Close
F-Sa 5p–Close
Su 5p–Close

Closed: Christmas Day, New Year's Day, 4th Of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday




Parties at IL RITORNO

Or call our dedicated private party line at (727) 201-2707

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Large, Private, and Semi-Private Parties

We love celebrating special moments with our guests! Want to have a party, but don’t have a venue? Here at IL Ritorno, we can create a night to remember just for you.

Our restaurant offers two (2) different room options to help make your event unique and memorable. We have multiple curated menu formats to suit every event style. Start your gathering with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres, or go straight to a seated meal.

The Private Dining Room and Event Room can be completely customized to table layout and size, linens, and decorations. Flowers and additional decor can be provided by one of our preferred vendors upon request.



Our larger event room can seat up to 36 guests depending on table layout. With a private door (and separate sound system) your group is secluded from the rest of the restaurant to ensure a truly intimate dining experience.

This space is perfect for a seated dinner or buffet style meal, as well as for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Please note the number of guests in your group will impact table layout.

The Event Room is great for baby and bridal showers, holiday parties, family gatherings, and more!




Great for smaller groups, birthday parties, graduations, business meetings, girls’ night out, and more! Our Private Dining Room was designed for your small, special event and seats up to 14 guests at a custom-built wooden table. This room also features its own sound system to help set the mood for your group dinner.




All beverages are charged on consumption. Some hosts choose to limit the wine menu to control cost while others allow for free reign. There is a $25 corkage fee per bottle, and a two bottle per group limit. If it is a bottle we normally have on our menu, we charge full menu price. We can also bring in any special bottle you would like to help make your evening personal and exciting. Advanced notice is needed for this request.

Our highly experienced planning staff will assist you in creating a spectacular event. Prior to your event, Jake will be your Event Assistant. Erica Benstock, Owner and Events Coordinator, will be available every step of the way as well to ensure a smooth and seamless event. You can contact her at erica@ilritornodowntown.com.



The IL Ritorno Chef’s Bar is a culinary experience unlike any other in Tampa Bay. Adjacent to the open kitchen, you’ll have a front-row seat to all of the action while being treated to 8-10 curated courses that are not available on the dining menu. Don’t leave in a hurry – the seat is yours for the entire evening. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Pricing: Seats are $140 per person and do not include beverages or gratuity. To purchase your seat, email ronald@ilritornodowntown.com. 



We are happy to give back to our community and nonprofit organizations. Our support, combined with the support of our patrons, is important to multiply our positive impact on people, communities, and the planet.

Previous community partners include:

  • John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital VIP Auction
  • Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco’s Fiesta on the Field
  • Skyway Soiree
  • Great Explorations' Mad Hatters Ball
  • Golfers vs. Brain Cancer
  • Best Buddies - Champion of the Year Event
  • Chase the Dreidel 5K
  • Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America 2015-2016

Contact us about sponsorship opportunities.


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Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

Contact Us

General Inquiries

(727) 897-5900


Owner and Executive Chef
David Benstock: David@ilritornodowntown.com

Owner and Events Coordinator
Erica Benstock: Erica@ilritornodowntown.com

General Manager and Sommelier
Ronald Randall: Ronald@ilritornodowntown.com

Chef de Cuisine
Josh Brenner: Josh@ilritornodowntown.com

Sous Chef
Brandon Bidstrup: Brandon@ilritornodowntown.com

Please send resumes and cover letters to Jobs@ilritornodowntown.com

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