7th Avenue - "La Septima"

Scenes in the vicinity of the Italian Club



A view along 7th Avenue showing Demmi's Market


7th Avenue in 1919




7th Ave. between 17th & 18th St.  Located across from the Italian Club and the Licata building

Roma's Pizza, 1724 E. 7th Ave.
Casual, Italian dining in the heart of Ybor City. From authentic homemade pasta dishes to delicious subs, delectable wings and gourmet salads.  Award winning, authentic NY style hand-tossed pizza; voted one of the best restaurants in Tampa Bay.

See this same block below, in 1954





The 1700 block of Broadway (E. 7th Avenue), 1956 - The first building on the right, at 7th Ave. & 18th St.,  has been demolished and is now a parking lot.  The white building housed "Edward's Children's Wear" and is the present location of Roma's Pizza.  On the left can be seen the old Broadway Theater sign, now the location of the Italian Club.


Carmine's Restaurant, 1802 E. 7th Ave.


Carmine’s is an Ybor City institution, situated in a historic building smack in the middle of the action on famous Seventh Avenue. Enjoy Cuban and Italian classics as well as burgers and other bar fare. The huge glass windows that face the street give patrons a bird’s eye view – perfect for people watching in the legendary party district





7th Avenue from 14th Street, 1927

  Latin American Bank, 1921 - 1502 East 7th Ave    |    Broadway National Bank, 1953 - 7th Ave & 17th St.
Las Novedades Restaurant, 1951 - 7th Ave & 15th St.    |      Ritz Theater, 1958 - 1503 E. 7th Ave




Ybor Pesto Cafe
1833 E. 7th Ave.






The Missing "P"

Spanish-speaking visitors have questioned why the signs on Seventh Avenue, the historic district's main thoroughfare, misspelled the word for "seventh" as La Setima instead of the correct spelling, La Septima.  

On May 10, 2012, Tampa's City Council was persuaded by Tampa Natives and citizens alike, to correct the misspelling and present Tampa in a more literate light.  The Council voted 5-1 in favor of changing the spelling, with only Charlie Miranda dissenting.  A major point of persuasion was the huge influx of visitors expected in Tampa in August for the Republican National Convention.  See article

The City of Tampa claims that a La Setima is a colloquialism from the early 20th century, when waves of immigrants from Spain, Cuba and Italy flocked to Ybor looking for work in the cigar factories.

SticksOfFire.com article

Read about the dispute


La Tropicana Café, 1822 Seventh Ave.


Both locals and tourists flock to La Tropicana in Ybor City for what is arguably the best Cuban food in Tampa. U.S. President George W. Bush has even dined there. Go for a typical Cuban breakfast of Cuban toast and café con leche, and Cuban sandwiches for lunch. There is also drive-through service.


"The World and a Cup of Coffee"


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