Locale Market is not just a place for locals to indulge in freshly prepared gourmet meals, or a destination filled with farm and boat-fresh ingredients. This is a gastronomic experience for all walks of life.
The highly anticipated Locale Market opened on Dec. 17 in the heart of St. Petersburg as a new addition the freshly renovated Sundial shopping plaza.
Locale is advertised as “a culinary experience created by chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona.” Both Pintabona and Mina are nationally praised professional chefs and USF graduates who have shared 23 years of friendship, making their latest collaboration one to commemorate.
The market offers an unmatched variety of consumable greatness and features incomparable forms of shopping and dining. From the profusion of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, to the abundance of meats and seafood, all the way to the wine and coffee bars, Locale seems to offer everything. And nothing says variety like two floors and 11 full kitchens focused on different areas of the food spectrum.
Food offered at Locale is an artisanal celebration of local and international foods alike. But produce is the main attraction. Dozens of farmers’ markets and health food stores are scattered around St. Pete, running with the demand for fresh fruits and vegetables. But the variety at Locale seems unbeatable.
Seafood and meat are offered in multiple forms: raw, pre-seasoned and ready to be cooked at home or prepared at Locale itself. There are liquid nitrogen ice cream balls, a favorite of Mina’s according to tampabay.com. There is alligator meat, for all of you adventurous or traditional Florida eaters. Keeping it classic? The market is a beautiful haven for pasta and sauce lovers.
Although Locale is the only one of its kind in the Bay Area offering a unique eating experience local foodies are obsessing over, it does seem like it belongs. The restaurant doesn’t seem to compete with other establishments in the surrounding community, but it adds to the celebrated culture of local and organic dining.
“People are so much more aware of the whole restaurant scene, the foodie scene, they’re interested in where their food comes from,” Pintabona told the St. Petersburg Tribune.
Locale will satisfy everybody, from the most passionate of foodies to residents looking for a conveniently prepared gourmet lunch to pick up before work. After the revamping of Sundial’s concentrated complex, Locale Market was just the icing on the fresh, artisanal cake.
IF YOU GO: Locale Market is located at 179 2nd Avenue, nestled next to the Sundial Muvico theatre.