Now St. Petersburg residents and visitors will be able to enjoy what has made Sea Salt a favorite of culinary media such as Esquire, Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Gulfshore Life and OpenTable.com. The Sundial location will feature the largest wine tower in Florida, an extensive outdoor dining patio, an indoor/outdoor cocktail lounge and several private dining areas.
Chef Fabrizio Aielli formalized his training at hotels and restaurants around the world including Italy, the Caribbean and Washington D.C. Also in Washington D.C., Aielli and his wife Ingrid owned and operated three highly rated restaurants, Goldoni’s, Osteria Goldoni, and finally the award winning Teatro Goldoni. Aielli has cooked several times at the James Beard House. He has also appeared on Food Network and has received dozens of accolades. The Washington Post has called Aielli’s culinary artistry a “triumph.” Washingtonian continually awarded him its Blue Ribbon Award. Esquire named Teatro Goldoni one of the “Best New Restaurants in America 2000.” Gourmet named Osteria Goldoni one of the “Top 20 restaurants in D.C.”
After visiting Naples, Florida, Chef Aielli and his wife Ingrid decided to move to Florida permanently, and in 2008 opened Sea Salt. Only one year after opening, Esquire magazine named Sea Salt one of the 20 best new restaurants in the United States for 2009. Aielli opened his second Naples restaurant, Barbatella, in 2012.