SoLita

1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-2606, or visit solitalasolas.com.

SoLita stands for "South of Little Italy," and the menu is full of traditional Italian favorites your grandmother might have made that were designed by chef Anthony Risoli, formerly of Café Martorano. The restaurant has taken over the former Mark's restaurant space and transformed it into three distinct parts: a romantic parlor lounge with cozy love seats and dim lighting, a wine bar filled with boisterous crowds weeknights, and, tucked behind white curtains, the dining room, where low-slung chandeliers, tufted sofas, and mirrors set a glitzy backdrop. At the top of the menu are meatballs with pomodoro sauce and fresh herbs, rigatoni with slow-braised pork and tomato sauce, and pan-seared snapper with faro and blood-orange vinaigrette.

Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy
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Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy

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D'Angelo

4215 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Beaches

Taste Gastropub

169 NE Second Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Delray Beach

The Office

201 E. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Category: Restaurant > Bar Food

Region: Delray Beach

Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen

5751 Seminole Way
Hollywood, FL 33314

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Davie/West Hollywood

The Manor Complex

2345 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Wilton Manors

SoLita

1032 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fort Lauderdale

VIVO Partenza

1450 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Boca Raton

Relish

401 Northwood Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: West Palm Beach

Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy

2842 S. Ocean Blvd.
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Palm Beach

The Village at Gulfstream Park

501 S. Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Hallandale Beach

Wild Olives by Todd English

5050 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Boca Raton

Vivo Partenza

1450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Call 561-750-2120 or visit vivobocaraton.com

Tona Bova — the man who allegedly left employees unpaid, recently filed for bankruptcy, foreclosed on his home, stiffed his landlord for more than $30,000 in unpaid rent, and partnered with Scott Rothstein — opened Vivo Partenza in June. That was less than a month after closing his last, no less. Vivo Partenza occupies the exact spot once occupied by his Bova Ristorante. All three Bova restaurants (including planned locations in the old Jackson's Steakhouse and Casa Casuarina in Miami Beach) went bye-bye after Rothstein's unraveling. The menu for Vivo is similar to the old Bova one as well, featuring classic Italian like penne al vodka and fettuccine Bolognese. Vivo Partenza also offers $10 lunch specials including a prime burger and meatball sliders. Happy hour features 50 percent off drinks and half off appetizers at the bar.

Relish

401 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. Call 561-629-5377, or visit relishburger.com.

Relish in cozy, quaint Northwood Village is the ultimate mix-and-match burger joint. To start, diners must choose from 12 types of burgers: beef, all-white-meat turkey, tuna, mahi-mahi, crab, shrimp, black bean, mushroom, lamb, buffalo, veal, or lobster, all of which are freshly ground or made in-house each day. Next, add any number of Relish's 20-plus gourmet toppings. There are relatively normal offerings like lettuce slaw and drunken onions cooked in lager. And then there's the wacky stuff you would never have thought to put on a burger in a million years, like oven-roasted beets with fresh herbs or shaved asparagus with white wine and tarragon. The freedom of choice is mirrored on down the menu, from fries and onion rings (top them with your choice of six gourmet salts) to milk shakes (there are more than a dozen flavors) to cookies (six varieties with six dipping sauces).

Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy

2842 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. Call 561-540-6440, or visit omphoy.com.

Having made the trip to Palm Beach — a place awash with a different sort of sin — Miami's own Michelle Bernstein is at her most self-assured. The restaurant itself is secured on the third floor above a quiet lobby bar and terrace eatery, and everything within seems to mask dimension — backlighting, mirrors, and angles abound. The sum is a room with an amazing capacity for making you feel unseen, a place where you can drop your guard without care. Bernstein's menu has a mysterious effect too. It's divided into four sections — salads, crudos, starters, and mains — and much of what appears here is culled from her Miami restaurant, Michy's. Her creations are as whimsical as they are simple, like tuna carpaccio, consisting of three uniform slices of tuna, pink and thin as tissue paper, each dusted with foie gras "snow" and slivers of apple. Seafood is distilled to its basest components, like with salt-encrusted sea bream that glistens with the flavors of the ocean. Even comfort food, like Michy's famous fried chicken and slow-braised short ribs, are wildly impressive.

The Village at Gulfstream Park

501 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. Call 954-378-0920, or visit thevillageatgulfstreampark.com.

The Village at Gulfstream Park, a massive, billion-dollar outdoor shopping mall adjoined to the Gulfstream Race Track, has had some struggles in the summer heat. Authentic Italian eatery Tonino Lamborghini Caffe Corsa shut its doors, the mall's first closure, and several planned restaurants have pulled out. But the mall still has a dozen restaurants open, including: Cadillac Ranch, an American-style eatery with a mechanical bull; Caffe Martier, which features gourmet sandwiches and goodies; the Cheese Course, a bistro/shop with 100 varieties of cheeses; Jacob's Classic Market, a full-service specialty store and caterer; the Playwright Irish Pub, a pint purveyor exported from South Beach; III Forks, an elegant steak house; and Yard House, a chain beer and bistro pub. Lounge and tapas joint Bartini's is expected to open in October.

Wild Olives

5050 Town Center Circle, Ste. 245, Boca Raton. Call 561-544-8000, or visit wildolives.com.

A partnership with local restaurateurs Lirim Jacobi and Dixon Li, Todd English's Wild Olives in Boca Raton is one of four eateries the celebrity chef opened in the span of a year in South Florida. Although Wild Olives is not fine dining per se, the staff has seemingly been trained to act as stiff-backed as if they were waiting on King Louis at the Court of Versailles. Many of the appetizers are decidedly simple — like asparagus frites, composed of bread crumbs faintly clinging to tender stalks of the vegetable, then dressed conservatively with a coarse-ground honey mustard. A flatbread "pizza" with figs and prosciutto — one of English's trademark dishes — is an overload of flavors with Gorgonzola cheese, rosemary, and cooked ham. The bianca pizza with mild rapini and sweet caramelized onions is well-balanced, with a taut, flavorful crust to boot. The entrées come on huge white plates presented with loads of little embellishments of fried crisps and copious mounts of greenery. The pan-seared grouper comes with a load of green sauce made of sweet peas, an orange-y beurre blanc, chanterelle mushrooms, and lots of leafy greens. The bone-in, brown-sugar-cured rib eye comes underneath a mountain of wisps and curls and whorls.

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