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A Local Icon: Ile de France

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I normally don’t write stories about local news. But when I found out
that one of my favorite restaurants was closed I felt compelled to
write something about it. Ile de France was an exquisite French
restaurant that had been an icon in the Pasco county business
scene for over 23 years. 

I remember the last time I was there it was for my 29th birthday. I was treated to a delicious entrée of Chicken Au Con. The singing chef(owner) of the restaurant Gaetau sang several sets while his pianist played in the background.  

Ile de France provided a wonderful dining experience and by doing so it carved out a special niche for itself in our community. Unfortunately there are very few French restaurants in the greater Tampa Bay area that offer the quality and atmosphere that Ile de France was known for.


The restaurant will be greatly missed by many patrons myself included. The sign on the door illustrates the heartbreaking tale of another fixture in our local community which is now gone forever.