Thirty-two years ago, Sharon Stewart opened one ofthe first wine bars in Central Florida. “And this shall be mylast,” said the owner of the Wine Studio, opened Sept. 5 onHenderson Boulevard, east of Lois Avenue. Stewart was co-owner andchef of 42nd Street Bistro on Howard Avenue for 10 years. The neighborhood quickly welcomed the mini bistro behind theilluminated purple wall, especially those enjoying walking over forlunch and dinner to enjoy wine by the glass or bottle.
“Seems likeeverybody who comes in says, ‘I live right around the corner,’ “Stewart said. Soups, appetizers and desserts are listed with a suggested pairing.For example, a bubbly wine is recommended with foie gras toppedwith sauteed fig. Marinated London broil, sliced and chilled, goeswell with a red wine. Try the huge cheese and fruit board, with orwithout artisanal sliced meats, with a white wine.
Rounding out the menu are salads (her signature blue cheesevinaigrette dressing is most popular), gourmet pizzas “and the bestquiche in Tampa,” Stewart said. Dessert choices include ricottacake, nice with a red ice wine, and chocolate pate, perhaps with arobust zin. Wednesday through Saturday evenings, Stewart offers one heartydinner option for $14.95. This week: pot roast, mashed potatoes andvegetables.
Next week, “probably Chardonnay baked swiss chicken.” Stewart calls the wine bar (four dining areas with living roomseating) a studio because of all the art on display, including JoanMiró and sculptor Steve Dickey, among others. The Wine Studio, 4106 Henderson Blvd., is open 11:30 a.m. to 8p.m., Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday; tillmidnight Thursday; till 1 a.m. Friday and 5 p.m.
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Hence, thename of the store, tresca, which means tryst in Italian . While he works, check out the selection of jewelry, belt bucklesand handbags. Coming soon, two exclusive jewelry lines: FrenchKande and My Flat in London. Tresca Italia, 1704 S Dale Mabry Highway; 10 a.m.
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The Speaker Exchange is now on N Nebraska Avenue The Speaker Exchange packed up its vast inventory of speakers,tweeters, woofers, diaphragms and amplifier boards Aug. 20 andmoved to the long-vacant Salvation Army building on N NebraskaAvenue, across from the Tampa Greyhound Track. The company, openedin 1977, was previously on E Hillsborough Avenue. “It’s a larger location, clean and bright and just perfect for us,”said Cathy Satin, who opened the business with her husband, Glenn”MacGyver” Satin, who she said can repair or modify just aboutanything — the more challenging the better.
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