By Carla Selby

Conveniently located at 4016 Little Rd, there’s a family-owned and operated neighborhood gem that serves the most authentic, family-style Italian and Mediterranean fare.

I grew up in Italy and I generally stay away from so-called ‘Italian’ restaurants,” says Mario B. “However I’m glad my wife convinced me to go in because this was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had…To be honest, the ambiance was that of the Italian restaurants I grew up in Italy, and the food was absolutely outstanding! The recipes were not Americanized they were traditional Italian meals and the portion sizes were unbelievable! I will definitely be going back and I will recommend it to all of my friends.”

From the cozy decor and ambiance to the delicious smell of homemade pasta sauce (which they offer on sale to the public), Taso Italiano is more than just a restaurant, it is an affordable dining experience.  

With a beautiful and tastefully decorated large dining room to the right, and a fantastic separate lounge area with high tabletops and a full liquor bar to the left, Taso Italiano is the perfect place for a romantic date night, big family outing, or to unwind with your friends and catch the latest sports game while enjoying a cold beer (or alcoholic drink of choice) at the bar area.  

Congratulations Are In Order! 

Taso Italiano will celebrate its 7th anniversary in February 2020. And speaking of celebrations, I would personally like to congratulate restaurant owner Taso Stassi and his beautiful wife Sabrina, for tying the knot on March 24th, 2019, after fourteen years together. To many more years of love, happiness, success, and delicious food! Cheers to you both!

Superb Customer Service

Regulars are known by name, and new customers are treated like family at Taso Italiano. You’ll often see Taso and Sabrina stopping by each table to make sure everyone is having a good time and everything’s tasting great.

“Exceptional service ‘may’ compensate for ‘Okay’ food. However, exceptional food will ‘NEVER’ compensate ‘Okay’ service,” says Taso, who believes you’re only as good as the help you have at your side. That same quote is printed in big bold letters and displayed in the kitchen, as a reminder to the entire staff on the importance of outstanding customer service. 

“We enjoyed excellent service and wonderful food Friday night,” says Connie G. “Taso stopped by our table to make sure we were having a good experience. We did! We’ll definitely be back.”

“We just left the restaurant and can’t stop talking about the great food and awesome service,” says Antonio R. “Highly recommend going and treating yourself to a terrific dining experience. We really appreciate Taso coming by to greet us and spend time with our family. All the staff was terrific… Thank you Taso and all your staff. See you soon.”

“Phenomenal service and amazing food!” says Lisa K. “The owners are very involved in making everyone feel welcome. It is like going home to my grandmother’s. We’re coming back… often.”

Bring The Whole Family To Enjoy All The Best!

Proudly featuring recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation in the Stassi family, Taso’s inspiration comes from his experience in helping his father Euripides Stassi, who helped to open L’Epicure, a fine dining restaurant on Long Island that served the wealthiest patrons in New York. Taking the advice he learned from L’Epicure’s chefs early on, Taso says he expects his staff to “learn it and learn it the right way.” “Our genuine passion is to provide people with what they’re not going to get anywhere else,” says Taso. “My father used to say, ‘All The Best’ which is what we strive for here at Taso Italiano.”

Taso Italiano specializes in family-style dining. So bring your partner, kids, second cousins, and grandparents! Just make sure to call ahead and reserve a table to ensure you and your loved ones can be comfortably seated.

The Family Style Menu is perfect for parties of 4 or more, and all options include freshly baked bread and house pesto. Appetizers include options like bruschetta, Taso’s signature fried calamari and stuffed mushrooms amongst many others. Salad choices include Roman, Fresh Garden, Spinach or Tomato Caprice. Pasta Platters include options such as Baked Ziti Sicilian, Tortellini Alfredo (or Pesto Cream), Penne a la Tito’s, and Baked or Stuffed Shells. Entree Platters favorites include the Chicken or Veal Parmesan, Clams or Mussels—Marinara, Fra Diavolo or Bianco, and Shrimp Parmigiana, Piccata or Francese, among many others to choose from. Leave room for dessert, because you’ll want to try their cannoli or homemade tiramisu. 

“Amazing food!” says Jeff R. who recently visited with his wife and kids. “We started with the Stuffed Mushrooms, followed by super fresh homemade Chicken and Dumpling soup. Both were great. I had the Filet Mignon with Marsala sauce. Delicious! My wife had the Chicken Osso Bucco and loved it. My son had the Mushroom Ravioli and my daughter the Filet Mignon with Shrimp Scampi, and we shared the Mushroom Risotto. I tried it all and everything was amazing! Service was super and we will be back. New regular family for Italiano night! Taso and Sabrina were super people to chat with, great owners!”

Catering and Private Events Done Easy!

Whether you need to cater your next event or hold a private function in one of their two private rooms, Taso Italiano’s got you covered. 

With a scrumptious catering menu (check their website for more information) offering many choices for appetizers, pastas, sandwich trays, chicken, veal, pork, prime rib, seafood, desserts and more, let Taso Italiano do all the cooking for you!

“We’re currently working on expanding our already extensive catering menu,” says Taso. “Everything’s been running smoothly, but as a restaurant owner, I like to stay open-minded to new ideas that could further the business even more. I recently had a ‘meeting of the minds’ with fellow restaurant owner Paul Pizzi, of Mama Romano’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, and I was able to get some refreshing ideas.”

Taso Italiano will soon be offering “Catered Combos,” with many new options to choose from and combine.

Support Taso Stassi on the 11th Annual Dance With Local Stars – Proceeds Benefit the JSL Scholarship Program and JSL Supported Charities. 

We welcome you to attend a wonderful event you’ll never forget; The Dancing with the LOCAL STARS event, taking place on November 5th, 2019 at Spartan Manor. Tickets are $40 and include Hors D’oeuvres, music, and a dance show by local stars featuring: Lisa Shippy Gonzales, Bill Phillips, Monique Dropnak, Kolby Kyucyk, Amanda Herrington, Gus Bilirakis and of course, our dear Taso Stassi.  Ticket purchase includes one vote for your favorite local star, but additional votes may be purchased. For event information please contact: Becky Baird at beckybaird72@hotmail.com or Deanna DeCubellis at ddecubellis@hotmail.com

Fun Family-Friendly Nights At Taso Italiano!

Taso and Sabrina invite you and your loved ones to join the fun, laugh and sing while enjoying your meal. They host several fun themed nights, including a monthly comedy night, live music events, Halloween Contests with prizes, Holiday parties, and so much more. Follow them on Facebook to stay on top of their events. 

Taso Italiano is located at 4016 Little Road in New Port Richey and can be reached at 727- 807-7900. Call for Carryout, Free Delivery or Catering on or off-premises. Private luncheons are available upon request. Visit www.tasoitaliano.com for more information; follow Taso Italiano on Facebook for upcoming events and stay updated on weekly specials!