About Us

Our Restaurant, Our Chef, Our History and Art


The Tuscan Sun Italian Bistro is located on a beautiful and quaint cobblestoned street in historic downtown Tarpon Springs.  The 160 seat restaurant offers indoor seating at the bar, the bistro side and main dining room while our outdoor seating blankets the sidewalk along the Pinellas Bike Trail.  Our food focuses on both authentic Italian dishes as well as Italian-American influences with attention to detail and quality.  

Our chef, Michela Dal Forno hails from Marano Lagunare, located on the Adriatic Coast in Italy's Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region.  Chef Michela lived there for 35 years working in her family's seafood business and restaurants throughout the region before emigrating to the U.S. to work in Santa Ana Calf.  After falling in love with Florida's Gulf Coast she made the Tampa Bay Area her home in 2017 and helped open the Tuscan Sun Italian Bistro.  The owner, Dan Jenkin, is originally from Pennsylvania and later from the New York City area before moving to Tarpon Springs in 2008.  He has a passion for food and entertaining.  He opened the well-known and top-rated Tarpon Tavern in 2012 which is located next to the Bistro.

The building's exterior is painted with warm ochre that will remind you of Florence.  The sidewalk café seating will bring back memories of Mediterranean dining in southern Europe.  The interior of the historic 1925 era restaurant keeps with its history with original wood beams, early 20th century tin ceilings and exposed brick and watermarked plaster.  More layers of history were added by repurposing 200+ year old southern pine from the Bellaire Biltmore Hotel and made into our rustic hand crafted custom tables and bar thanks to Architectural Salvage Bank.  Some of the incredible artwork are reproductions of the original paintings by Christopher Still who lives and works in Tarpon Springs.

Special Events and Catering


Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event. 

Seasonal and Local


We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That's why we source fresh ingredients and make all our sauces from scratch.

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Tuscan Sun Italian Bistro

17 North Safford Avenue, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689, United States

(727) 935-5770

Open Wednesday thru Sunday Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm and Dinner 4pm to 9pm (10 on Fri/Sat)






11:30 am – 9:00 pm


11:30 am – 9:00 pm


11:30 am – 10:00 pm


11:30 am – 10:00 pm


11:30 am – 9:00 pm



Tampa Bay Times

"Tuscan Sun Italian Bistro offers earthly sophistication, fresh-air dining and cuisine prepared by native Italian chef."