It had been a while since I had visited Gulfport, Florida. So, on Father’s Day, the hubby and I decided to take a drive and explore what this charming little town had to offer. It was such a beautiful and sunny day, I couldn’t wait to get there! I had my camera and iPhone ready to snap photos. We arrived around 11, people were securing their parking spots at the beach and the day was just starting to heat up. You could feel a slight breeze coming in from the beach and there was a group playing volleyball. With lots of parking available, we parked on Shore Boulevard facing the fishing pier and waterfront district overlooking Tierra Verde.
With a variety of restaurants and bars to choose from, I was looking for something a little less crowded and quiet, a place that would be hidden from the rows of restaurants on Shore Boulevard, somewhere where I could enjoy a nice lunch with hubby. All of a sudden, there it was. This secluded little Italian place located away from the world. OH my…..I was in heaven!! I could hear Italian music playing as I stood there. My eyes and ears were in disbelief. I looked at my husband and we both agreed that this would be the spot to stop and enjoy a nice lunch.
Pia’s Trattoria – Photo Credit – Ruthie T.
Pia’s Trattoria, offers a romantic, charming “Old Italy atmosphere”. According to Wikipedia, the word “Trattoria” is an “Italian – style eating establishment, less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria”.
The Italian music playing, the small details around the outside of the courtyard gave this place such a lovely touch of Italy. Even though the sun was beaming, the trees in the courtyard kept us cool and comfortable.
Courtyard Entrance – Photo Credit – Ruthie T.
We were greeted immediately by the hostess and she let us pick whatever table we wanted. Quickly, our waiter Frankie came and greeted us with a big smile and asked us what we wanted to drink and told us about the variety of daily specials. I ordered a Rum and Coke with lemon and hubby ordered a Bloody Mary that was garnished with a wedge of lemon, celery, a green olive and salt to give it some good flavor. Flavor so good that he had two!
As Frankie walked away, he was singing along with the Italian music that was playing. I loved it!
My Rum & Coke w/ lemon and hubby’s Bloody Mary – Photo Credit – Ruthie T.
As we sat at our table sipping on our drinks and indulging in the atmosphere, I could not stop looking around and admiring all of the details that made up this “off the beaten path” restaurant. I decided to get up before our lunch would arrive and take a few shots around this hidden gem.
Wine list and mason jar filled with rocks used as decor on a wooden high top. Photo Credit – Ruthie T.
Water Fountain – Photo Credit – Ruthie T.
Finally, our lunch had arrived! I decided to go with the Crudo Panini, that was made with Proscuitto di Parma, Mozzarella, Arugala, Olive Oil and pepper, which included a small side salad, consisting of lettuce, tomatoes with a Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.
Photo Credit – Ruthie T.
Wine bottles arranged with plants and acoustic guitar – Photo Credit – Ruthie T.
A rustic window located on the outside of the courtyard – Photo Credit – Ruthie T.
My overall dining experience at Pia’s Trattoria was phenomenal!! If you ever visit Gulfport, Florida make sure to grab lunch at this amazing Italian oasis! Excellent flavor, delicious drinks, great service and a wonderful atmosphere.
On a scale of 1-5, 5 being exceptional I give Pia’s Trattoria, (http://www.piastrattoria.com) a “5 Star Dining Experience”.
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie
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