Tampa, FL – After nearly forty years in business, the last remaining owner-operated location of the legendary CDB's Italian Restaurant chain will be closing. The South Tampa store, CDB's Southside, will close on Saturday, August, 2nd.
The chain established a reputation in Tampa for its great pizza and traditional Italian cuisine in neighborhood settings, long before large national chains came to dominate the casual dining landscape.
The first CDB's opened in October 1975 and quickly grew to seven locations in neighborhoods throughout Tampa including: Temple Terrace, Town and Country, Carrolwood, Lakeland, Downtown Tampa, and Brandon.
The South Tampa location was opened in May 2007 and was the first store opened by founder, Pat Iacovella, in over twenty years.
Of the original seven locations, one remains in operation near the USF campus under a licensing agreement with separate ownership/management.
Over the years, CDB's is proud to have employed over 10,000 staff, including members of two or three generations in some families, and one former mayor.
The phrase "Familia e Amici", Italian for "Family and Friends", embodies an Italian tradition that says sharing food and drink is what life is all about.
That heritage has defined CDB's for its four decades of service to the neighborhoods of Tampa.