Mastino Wood Fired Italian Kitchen & Bar Opens Inside SoLita Delray Beach

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Nicole Danna
The sausage broccolini pizza at Mastino combines broccoli rabe and sweet Italian sausage.
Nearly every corner of the country has its own style of pizza. There's Chicago deep-dish pies, New York thin-crust pizza, California-style slices, and Sicilian-style Detroit squares.

Sadly, Florida is not on the list of places with their own special pizza variety. But South Florida still loves its pies, and there's no denying it: In our search for the "best," we can always use another good pizza place. Especially if it's a Neapolitan pizza restaurant.

Lucky for us, Society 8 Hospitality Group's Steven Dapuzzo is looking to add to the choices with a new concept, Mastino Wood Fired Italian Kitchen & Bar, a casual Italian eatery that will go hand-in-hand with the group's SoLita establishments.

To see the partnership in action, Dapuzzo quietly opened the doors to his first Mastino establishment several weeks ago.

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Hoffman's Chocolates Now Open on Las Olas; More Locations on the Docket

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Photo courtesy Kip Hunter PR
When it comes to desserts, there's one item that tends to elicit the strongest reactions.

Most people love it, few stay away from it, but it's not very common to hear someone is so-so about chocolate.

Fort Lauderdale chocolate lovers have a new reason to get excited: Palm Beach County's legendary confectioner Hoffman's Chocolates is now open on Las Olas Boulevard.

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Melt Crafted Grilled Cheese Coming Soon to Boynton Beach

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Photo courtesy of Melt Crafted Grilled Cheese
The grilled cheese is one sandwich that's been around a while. Of course, something as simple as toasted bread and melted cheese can be one of the easiest meals to make.

Yet, despite its basic construction, it can go from comfort food to gourmet fare with a few added touches. So the idea to open a restaurant that does nothing but perfect this satisfying creation sounds like a good one, right?

If that sounds good to you, look no further than Melt Crafted Grilled Cheese in Boynton Beach. According to Craig Larson, owner and founder of Melt, this won't be your grandma's grilled cheese.

Instead, think of it as grown-up grilled cheese -- with a twist.

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Bravo! Italian Cucina Open in New Harbourside Place in Jupiter

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Courtesy of Bravo! Cucina Italiana
Grilled chicken and vegetable pasta.
Jupiter recently welcomed the addition of a new Italian eatery, one of several restaurants to open in the city's new upscale Harbourside Place shopping center. Bravo! Cucina Italiana opened October 11, the same day as the plaza development's official debut; it is the third Bravo! location in Florida.

The restaurant will provide an Italian touch to Harbourside Place, located at the corner of U.S. 1 and Indiantown Road, which also features a four-star Wyndham Grand Jupiter Hotel, cultural settings, an amphitheater, office space, and a marina. Harbourside Place offers easy access and uninterrupted views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Subculture Coffee Plans Second Location in Downtown Delray Beach

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Subculture Coffee
It's sad but true. If you're looking for a caffeine fix in Palm Beach and Broward counties, you won't find much in the way of truly good coffee. Outside of a few independent coffee shops -- some brewing organic and small-batch roasts -- the options remain nothing but Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks.

In the past few years, a handful of local roasters has been able to break into the craft coffee scene, however. Their goal: to introduce South Florida to small-batch, artisanal brews (the java kind). Now, thanks to Subculture Coffee in West Palm Beach -- which opened in March 2013 as one of the area's first microroasters -- the trend could be growing.

A stellar first year, combined with plenty of positive feedback, has partners and Subculture Coffee cofounders Sean Scott and Rodney Mayo looking to open their second location in Palm Beach County.

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The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar Opens in West Palm Beach

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The Alchemist
The Alchemist's Merguez sausage appetizer.
A new gastropub is trying its hand on the downtown West Palm Beach Clematis scene.

The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar will open its doors at 223 Clematis St. on Monday. The restaurant is being described as a vintage-inspired eatery with a speakeasy theme in "an energetic steam-punk-inspired" environment.

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Tijuana Flats Opens Eco-Friendly Location in Delray Beach

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Tijuana Flats
Tijuana Flats opened October 6 in Delray Beach.
A new shopping plaza located east of I-95 in south Delray Beach is bringing four new dining franchise locations to Palm Beach County this year, including Starbucks, Five Guys, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Tijuana Flats.

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A Family Legacy Continues as Lynora's Osteria Opens in West Palm Beach

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All photos by Libby Volgyes of LibbyVision
A South Florida family-run establishment, Lynora's Restaurant, has passed the torch to the next generation this month with the opening of downtown West Palm Beach's newest restaurant, Lynora's Osteria.

In the early 1970s, Ralph and Maria Abbenante moved to New York from Italy, looking to start a new life. They began working at a nearby pizza parlor and eventually relocated to South Florida to help open a restaurant.

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Melting Pot Fort Lauderdale Shutters Its Doors Due to Financial Reasons

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As is the case with life, restaurants come into and exit this world every day of the week.

While they can depart for any number of reasons -- bad food, crappy service, terrible health department inspections -- chances are, it all comes down to financial terms.

Recently, Fort Lauderdale lost one long-term restaurant resident to such concerns. The Melting Pot has shuttered its doors.

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September's Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Photo courtesy of FoodandDine on Flickr.
See what's new in the restaurant world -- and what's closed -- this month in South Florida.
The return of our northern brethren seeking to avoid the cooler months has begun. To prepare for their arrival, a new batch of eateries has opened, while others have sadly closed. Now, before the migration is completed and snowbird season is in full swing, is the best time to check out what's new to eat around here.

From a few farm-to-table fare concepts, to a hot new BBQ joint in downtown Delray Beach, and an up-and-coming spot that deals in nothing but grilled cheese sandwiches, check out our roundup of restaurant openings, closings, and overall happenings in Broward and Palm Beach counties this month.

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