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Ciccio Restaurant Group is the brand behind Tampa Bay’s favorite restaurants.

Since 1996, Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG) has been a powerhouse in Tampa Bay’s restaurant industry. What started with the opening of a restaurant called Ciccio and Tony’s (now known as Ciccio Water) has grown into nothing short of a culinary empire, with restaurants such as Green Lemon, Daily Eats and Fresh Kitchen all owned by CRG. CRG has established a dominant presence on Tampa’s trendy South Howard Avenue, all the while opening new restaurants in St. Petersburg, Brandon and Sarasota. Each of CRG’s restaurants is distinctively unique, offering fresh food from a specific kind of cuisine, including Mexican cuisine at Green Lemon and American cuisine at Daily Eats.


Company Overview

Company Name

Ciccio Restaurant Group

Year Established


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CRG is a family-owned restaurant group that strives to provide guests with the best experience possible; one that they will remember and desire to come back for. CRG's restaurants give off a vibe that directly connects with the cuisine. From quick service to full service, its restaurants feature innovative, fresh, chef-created menu items with its guests' lifestyles in mind. CRG believes in shared ownership, offering a partnership program where GMs can purchase equity in its stores. One of CRG's primary goals is sharing the wealth to help its employees become restaurateurs.

Core values/mission statement

Ciccio Restaurant Group measures its success through repeat customers and a strong culture amongst its team members. Frank (Ciccio) Lanza was a true leader, and the Ciccio Restaurant Group continues to carry out his legacy in treating vendors, employees and customers with the utmost respect.

Company Leadership

Jeff Gigante


Jeff is a New Jersey native who attended FSU and earned a master's in film and theatre. As an aspiring actor, he moved to New York City to pursue his dream of professional acting. During that time, he dipped his toes into the restaurant industry, learning under some of NYC's finest restaurateurs. Gigante returned to Tampa in 1996 and opened Ciccio and Tony’s.


James Lanza came down for the official opening of Ciccio and Tony’s, and fell in love with the healthy mindset of the Tampa Bay area. He saw Florida as a wide-open market where he could start creating brands and expanding business. Ciccio Restaurant Group is named after Lanza’s father, Frank (Ciccio) Lanza, who was a successful Fortune 100 CEO and founder of L3 Communications. Frank (Ciccio) Lanza was a true leader, and James has carried on his father's legacy of leadership and success.

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