Sacred Pepper restaurant in Carrollwood


North Tampa’s Sacred Pepper.

Worshiping food, flavors, people and style.

By Patricia A. Vorbrich



Upscale dining in North Tampa has been long overdue, enter Candy DeBartolo and interior designer, Enrique Crespo, Crespo Design Group, to create, Sacred Pepper. Showcasing contemporary American  cuisine, influenced by the DeBartolo family’s culinary travels and experiences, Candy created Sacred Pepper. Offering delicious bold  twists on old favorites, DeBartolo wanted an atmosphere that invites  sharing and conversation.

The name, Sacred Pepper, also pays homage to the DeBartolo family’s belief that everything that happens around the table is sacred. “Great food has served as the centerpiece of many celebrations, memorable conversations, and important life moments, and we are so excited to open our doors and share our family’s passion for food and style with the people of North Tampa,” DeBartolo said.

Award winning interior designer, Enrique Crespo of Crespo Design Group, Tampa, created a space that promoted socializing and community in a polished, yet comfortable and sophisticated environment.


IMG_1452Designer, Enrique Crespo with Sacred Pepper owner, Candy DeBartolo

The 202 seat restaurant, also features a private dining room. The interior boasts calming neutral tones, offset by splashes of cobalt blue and abstract pieces of artwork, creating an inviting and dynamic setting. Terrazo tabletops and stunning one of a kind chandeliers, along with elements of nature such as water, trees, ivy and stones, can be seen throughout the restaurant, both inside and out.

Sacred Pepper’s diverse menu, led by award winning Executive Chef, James Maita, is a collection of the DeBartolo family’s favorite tastes and features modern twists to classic comfort foods such as Short Rib Cavatelli, Honey Truffle Buttermilk Chicken, Goat Cheese Baklava, pastas made in-house from scratch, and urban pizzettes smothered with farm fresh toppings. Shareable plates include Tuna Tar Tare Tamari, Sacred Meatballs, and delicious Brie L.T.  The Petite Filet with Lobster & Crab Rotolo is a favorite, along with some of the best Seared Chilean Sea Bass.

A full service bar includes an extensive selection of wines, bourbons, craft beers and  handcrafted seasonal cocktails, such as the Sacred Margarita, the Black Widow and the Tall & Sexy.

Dessert is not be skipped; save room for the Creme Brulee Bread Pudding, or the DIY Sundae, you won’t be disappointed.

“We call this area home, and want Sacred Pepper to provide this special community with an experience that can’t be found anywhere else,” said DeBartolo. With an authentic, approachable and social atmosphere, Sacred Pepper invites guests in and provides special moments, to make everyone feel at home at the table.     M


15405 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618
813-609-8000 |



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