Zest’s Best St. Petersburg Restaurant: Head to Mazzaro’s Italian Market to Mangia

It might seem like I only eat what I’ve foraged from the farmers market, and that my diet is solely pasture-fed and all-organic. To an extent that is my philosophy, but don’t expect me to pull a Gwyneth-style mea culpa—I have always loved Italian meats and cheeses and no healthy diet is going to change […]

Zest’s Best Restaurant St. Petersburg: Marchand’s at the Vinoy is a locavore gem

Last week I had the pleasure of sampling the new, hyper-local menu at Marchand’s, the main restaurant at the Renaissance Vinoy in St. Petersburg. Already a fan of the restaurant and its ambiance, the new menu gives me more reasons to return, season after season. Executive Chef Mark Heimann’s vision is to elevate the offerings […]