Sacred Pepper

Food. Flavors. People. Style.

Sacred Pepper is a dining destination where everything that happens around the table is considered sacred. Food. Flavors. People. Style. It’s all curated and highly considered, purposely reflecting a collection of tastes and travels. We set out to build a new experience for North Tampa, and that’s just what we’ve done. Best defined as Contemporary American with Italian flair, we’re a place where you can experience familiar favorites with fresh twists. Recipes are tried, tested and refined with excitement in mind. We source ingredients locally, whenever possible. We select the freshest meats and seafood. We make all our pastas and sauces from scratch. And our drinks take you around the world and throughout time as our bartenders explore cultures near and far with modern, traditional and pre-prohibition cocktails. Sacred Pepper is a restaurant focused on providing inspiring flavors and delicious experiences.

Food. Flavors. People. Style.

Our Sacred Pepper Family

Candy DeBartolo


Traveling the world has given Candy DeBartolo an eye for dynamic flavors and cultures. So, when she moved to North Tampa from Ohio, and found herself surrounded mostly by generic chain restaurants, she set out to fulfill a life-long dream. Driven by her love of curating unique recipes and inspired by West Coast ambiance, Candy created Sacred Pepper to offer deliciously bold twists on old favorites in an atmosphere that is as sophisticated as it is comfortable. Here, guests can have an authentic and vibrant experience that goes beyond just a meal without having to travel too far from home. Here, the community has a restaurant to call their own. With her flare for excitement and convention breaking ideas, Candy is ready to bring new life to the North Tampa restaurant scene.

James Maita

Executive Chef

Classically trained with over 20 years of restaurant experience, Executive Chef James Maita is recognized for his dynamic take on modern comfort food.  He enjoys reinventing traditional dishes with fresh, bold flavors and unexpected twists. Chef James looks to make Sacred Pepper a place for the community to share meals and experiences. To him, the most rewarding part is being able to see the look on guests’ faces when they take that first bite. His dedication to his craft and authenticity have earned him numerous accolades and recognition within and beyond the Tampa Bay area. Chef James treats guests like family and provides a culinary connection worth coming back for. 

Chad Bash

General Manager

If he’s not out on the field playing ball with his sons, General Manager Chad Bash is at Sacred Pepper masterfully handling everything from kitchen production and checking in with guests, to managing the finances. He is a two-time winning Managing Partner of the Year with 20+ years of restaurant experience and an incredible attention to detail. Chad is excited to create more than meals, but to foster genuine, one-of-a-kind experiences for guests.

Joe Petrella

Director of Operations

When Joe Petrella was younger, he had a curiosity and talent for cooking because he loved how it brought his family and friends together. This passion for creating and sharing meals turned into a career that has lasted him over 30 years and brought him to Sacred Pepper as Director of Operations. He believes that there is no greater day than one spent with loved ones around the table, so he's looking forward to creating an atmosphere that creates that sense of community with every meal.

Enrique Crespo

Interior Designer

Award winning interior designer Enrique Crespo of Crespo Design Group has worked to turn Sacred Pepper into a dynamic space that facilities the unique experience of sharing a meal with others. Influenced by his travels, he has created bold, out-of-the-box designs that transport guests away from the routine and expected, to the flavorful and reviving. He hopes Sacred Pepper gives people a fresh perspective on North Tampa’s restaurant scene.

Social Soiree
Reflecting Candy DeBartolo’s favorite way to dine, Sacred Pepper hosts a daily “Social Soiree” (our version of Happy Hour) where friends are encouraged to unwind with specially priced cocktails and wine while grazing on “shareable plates” of inspired comfort foods.


$1 off draft beers  |  $6 Select Wines  |  $4 Rail Liquors

Book a Table at Sacred Pepper

If you are unable to make a reservation online, please call us at 813.609.8000. We will always do our best to find you a table. Walk-ins are welcomed on a first come first serve basis. Please note that while we will do everything possible to accommodate your special requests, we are not able to guarantee them.

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Private Dining

At Sacred Pepper, we believe that food, flavors, people and style are meant to be celebrated. We recognize that the meal you share at an event is just as important as the friends, family, or coworkers you share it with. We’ve created our Private Dining room with this in mind to bring your events to life and offer unique experiences in an atmosphere that sparks conversation. Let our experienced team help you craft every detail of the event — from business meetings to family gatherings and social events – so you can enjoy spending time with your guests. We offer expertly paired food and beverages that are sure to inspire and excite your guests. Customizable menus, wines, and cocktails are also available to ensure that every detail is tailored to you.

Contact our Private Dining Manager at or call 813.609.8000.


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Join Our Team

Sacred Pepper stands as a distinct dining destination focused on food, flavors, people and style. We’re looking for individuals who are passionate about providing truly authentic guest experiences in a dynamic social environment. We’re building a staff of bright, talented, self-motivated people who are ambitious and hold a high respect for the food we create, the community we serve and the experiences that inspire us.



hours of operation
Sunday 4pm – 10pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday – Thursday 4pm – 11pm
Friday & Saturday 4pm – 12am

15405 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618


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