Ten Best Italian Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
Whether you're of Italian descent or not, there's something soothing about simply prepared plates of pasta.
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Maybe there's a stress-relieving physiological response to gluten; maybe it's a carb hangover -- either way, it works.
There once was a time in which Italian cuisine was symbolized by little more than spaghetti and meatballs with red sauce. Hey, we're not bashing it, but it's not really Italian -- in fact, that combination was devised in New York.
Over the past decade or so, we've seen that other regional variations and styles of food from across Italy's boot have become increasingly common. Frankly, we think it's awesome.
From the Northern Alps to Tuscany to the South, we're all about Italian.
With that, we decided to compile a list of the ten best Italian restaurants in South Florida.
10. Vic & Angelo's
There's no denying, some places make some things better. Tomatoes, for example, are best from San Marzano. Mozzarella made from the milk of Italian water buffaloes is superior to any cow-made variety. And we all know the merits -- whether we care to or not -- of the New York City water supply. Fortunately, Vic & Angelo's recognizes this superiority and imports all three. Dishes like the Originale pizza (with hand-crushed tomatoes, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Mozzarella di Bufala, and Italian olive oil) and the imported pear and four cheese tortelloni use only the best ingredients money can buy. Price is what you pay; value is what you get.
9. Cafe Martorano
There are times when you want your celebrity chef to be a badass; Steve Martorano is just that. His restaurants are the evidence. The Philly native serves classic Italian-American food with attitude in his original restaurant/nightclub/celebrity hot spot. Dishes like his grilled octopus with celery, olives, Sicilian e.v.o.o., chili flakes, and Meyer lemon or his Martorano Original Eggplant Stack, breaded eggplant layered with house-made mozzarella, marinated tomatoes, aged balsamic vinaigrette, and D.O.C. Parmigian-Reggiano cheese have garnered Martorano many a TV appearance. If you're looking for great food and a taste of the limelight, this is your place.
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