Tampa Bay’s 10 Leading Men 2010: Joe Pupello

November 12, 2013 | South Tampa Magazine | Categories: 10 Leading Men, Editorial, People | Tags: Joe Pupello, Tahitian Inn


Joe Pupello

Owner, Tahitian Inn


What he’s wearing: Silken wool plaid jacket and dress shirt, Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection; pants by Zanella; shoes by Ferragamo


Benevolent Projects: Bolesta Center, Inc.; American Red Cross; Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers

Favorite designer: Ermenegildo Zegna

My hero: My father

Bay area’s best-kept secret: Pass-a-Grille. I have a couple homes there. It’s like a step back into time.

My specialty: I’d have to say my pasta sauce. I learned it from my mom.

Most ridiculous fashion purchase: Platform sandals I wore in the 1970s

Favorite destination: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Greatest extravagance: Second homes

I’d travel 5,000 miles to see: The Italian Alps

Favorite nightspot: The Don CeSar lobby lounge

When I’m king I’ll: Rule by example

Most unusual item in my house: Angel, our 25-pound Ragdoll cat

Guilty pleasure: Shellfish

I can’t live without: My family