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The Italian Club of Tampa is situated at 1731 E. 7th Avenue in Tampa, Florida. L’Unione Italiana “The Italian Club” was founded over a hundred years ago with an aim to unite the community. This beautifully restored, classically elegant building provides the perfect venue for couple looking for an all-in-one facility.
The building has three levels; the Cantina on the first floor, the Theater on the second floor and the Ballroom on the third floor. With three floors of event space, The Italian Club has the unique appeal of being able to accommodate the wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour and reception in three separate locations.
The Capitano Family Grand Ballroom. The Capitano Family Grand Ballroom is a magnificent room with an eye- catching, hand-painted floral motif ceiling adorned with alabaster chandeliers. Located on the top floor, it is the crowning glory of Ybor Cities’ Italian Club and ideal for wedding receptions. Arched windows, ochre walls and rich navy and gold carpeting give the room a regal ambience. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate 250-300 seated guests
The Connie Spoto Walter Theater. The Connie Spoto Walter Theater is located on the middle floor. This spacious room has a classically elegant feel with gentle cream tones, a wall of expansive windows allowing natural light to flood in and wooden parquet flooring. The Connie Spoto Walter Theater has its own stage and is ideal for wedding ceremonies or smaller receptions. It can accommodate 200-210 seated guests.
The Cantina. The Cantina is located on the first floor of the Italian Club building and offers a Mediterranean Café-style atmosphere. With a full length bar, this room lends itself to a cocktail hour or reception and is perfect for themed celebrations. The Cantina can accommodate 360 guests cocktail style and up to 130 seated guests.
What You Should Know
The Italian Club provides couples with an event planner that will create and coordinate their wedding from concept to completion. They only work with approved vendors that can be trusted to meet their standard of excellence, giving couple complete peace of mind for a flawless event. All preferred caterers have been pre-approved by The Italian Club management. The beverage service must be done through The Italian Club and they offer signature drinks, open bars or consumption packages to suit individual requirements. Standard wedding packages include the following.
- 4-hour function time
- All tables and chairs for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception
- Champagne or sparkling cider toast for the bridal party
- Bridal suite available at least three hours prior to your event
- Rehearsal with site-coordinator the day prior to the wedding
- Complimentary bottled water and soda for the bridal suite
- On-site day of wedding coordinator
- Set-up and breakdown
- Parking for up to 90 cars
The Italian Club strives to provide couple with a wedding that captures the elements of their individual style and personality in a unique and creative way. With over a century of experience and knowledge of the industry, couples can be assured that their dream wedding will become a reality.
One of the best perks of this venue is the incredible photo opportunities available. From dramatic black and white patterned floor tiles, winding marble stair cases and elaborate crown molding to beautiful windows and elegant wrought iron railings, this building makes the perfect wedding backdrop.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Great locationReviewed on 1/07/2013 Britt C
My husband and I got married at The Italian Club in Ybor, Florida. We used the theatre for our ceremony and The Cantina downstairs for our reception. The staff was really helpful and the location was unique and beautiful..just what we wanted!
Above and Beyond Expectations!Reviewed on 12/05/2011 Shemi G
I picked the Italian Club because the theme for my wedding was old hollywood glam. The building did not disappoint. It's over 100 years old but beautifully renovated. The staff was extremely nice and accomodating. At the end of the night our guests wanted to keep the party going so we asked if we could extend it an hour and for a small fee they let us stay! The whole experience was a dream come true and the Italian Club was a huge part of that.
My husband and I hosted our entire wedding day at the Italian Club in Ybor and loved it! The building is so beautiful on it's own, that it requires so few decorations, but also has the charm to have as much decorations as you could ever dream. The building has three levels. First floor is the Cantina, the second floor is the Theater, and the third floor is the ballroom. We held our ceremony on the second floor, the cocktail hour on the first floor and reception on the third floor. It was a perfect venue for our wedding because we wanted everything to be in one place. Being able to use all three floors of the building allowed us to do that while still having our guests be in three different places for each part of the evening. We worked closely with Dona at the Italian Club who filled the role of a wedding planner for us. She ran everything from running the rehearsal the night before, to lighting all of the candles on each guest table, to coordinating all of our vendors the days before and day of the wedding to making sure that all wedding party members were in the right place at the right time and all guests were directed where to go at all times. She made everything so easy and effortless for us! The building speaks for itself in it's historic beauty. Black and white patterned tile floors, winding marble stair cases, elaborate and decorative crown molding, beautiful paintings on the ceilings, large windows that let it in the perfect amount of natural light and elegant wrought iron railings and grating. The building makes for the perfect backdrop for a wedding. As far as outside vendors at the Italian Club, you can pretty much use anyone you want, but the Club does have an extensive list of preferred vendors. We chose to contact and work with their approved vendors for photography, DJ service and catering because we learned quickly that not only do those vendors already know the ins and outs of the building, but also know each other and are able to work well with each other and also know those who work and run the Italian Club as well. If you've never planned a wedding before, you'll learn, like we did, that your vendors have to work together and communicate with each other a lot more than you ever thought of or realized! It was so nice having peace and comfort when we realized all of our vendors knew each other enough to work together effortlessly, and the Italain Club has an excellent preferred vendor list! If you chose to use the Italian Club and choose to have alcohol at your event, you do have to use their alcohol, which is another common trend we also learned. They hold the liquor license, therefore they are responsible for all alcohol on their premise. They have multiple options to choose from and will work with you to find the right bar package for you and your budget. They have a great selection of Italian wines, craft beers, of course any liquor you can think of and sangria options too! One of the best parts of the renting this building was that as long as there was not another event going on the night before, we could have nearly everything in the reception room set up the day beforehand. They allowed us to come in and drop things off and set up things on our own because the room was available We highly recommend using this building and working with the fantastic staff at the Italian Club! Thanks for helping to make our wedding absolutely perfect!
Italian Club Beautiful VenueReviewed on 12/07/2015
My daughter and I loved working with Dona at Italian Club. She was so helpful and guided us through the whole process. The day of the wedding, she was SO AMAZING!! The venue is absolutely beautiful. Dona ensured she knew all of the other vendors and worked with them, which allowed my daughter's wedding to be a success. Thanks to Dona, she guided all of us and the whole wedding/reception went smoothly!
Review for The Italian ClubReviewed on 12/19/2008 Denise L
Cheryl was unbelievable to work with. She was such a blessing. The Italian Club is such a beautiful historic site and it created an ambiance for the entire evening. All of the staff were at hand ready to help and the drop of a hat. I highly recommend this venue!