Located in what was once an old grocery store, La Ideal is a favorite neighborhood hangout for members of Tampa’s Cuban-American community. The scene is animated and relaxed. Regulars chat from table to table, but the feeling is inclusive, with visitors made to feel like members of the family.
A dynamic force behind the atmosphere at La Ideal is Majito, Mario Aguila Jr. Majito’s dad, Mario Sr., moved his family to the United States from Cuba in 1966. After ten years in New York, the