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A casual, yet hipster cafe, Ciccio Cali is a restaurant I discovered whilst driving around Tampa. As a native Floridian, the building’s white facade with black palm trees painted on the side caught my attention immediately. 

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The inside is fairly modern and clean, with booths and tables to seat guests, as well as a back wall decorated with all sorts of greenery. Each of the tables has a large bottle of mint-infused water.

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All it takes is a quick glance at the menu to determine what I want to try. From delicious pizza to tasty protein bowls, many options on the menu are gluten-free or are vegetarian and vegan-friendly. 

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Inspired by the California lifestyle, this place makes healthy eating affordable and delicious. Along with the buzzing atmosphere and attentive service, coming here is definitely a treat. My favorite main course is the fajita bowl with spring greens and grilled salmon. I also recommend ordering the roasted vegetable appetizer.