Ten Best Chefs in Broward County

Broward County is known for many things: beautiful beaches, spring break, giant yachts, the largest per-capita gay community in the country, an inability to vote properly, the most hated woman on the internet in Taylor Chapman (well, a couple of months ago, at least), the nice Prancercise lady, ass-kicking (and not in a good way) bouncers on the beach — the list goes on and on.

What you may have noticed is that a world-renowned culinary scene is not on the register.

Personally, we just think the rest of the world doesn't know what it's missing; we may have no recent James Beard nominees, but we have plenty of all-star and celebrity chefs. We think these talented men and women deserve some credit.

S3 executive chef Chris Miracolo.
S3 executive chef Chris Miracolo.
3030 Ocean's Paula DaSilva, our number one chef.
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3030 Ocean's Paula DaSilva, our number one chef.

From spots on Hell's Kitchen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Martha Stewart Living Radio to cooking in Michelin-rated spots to just blowing our minds with amazing food, we have some damned good talent in these parts — if you're not taking advantage, you need to get the heck out of the house and check these people out.

In honor of Broward County's kitchen greats, we bring to you the Ten Best Chefs in Broward County.

10. Steve Martorano

Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen, 5751 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Call 954-585-4450. Cafe Martorano, 3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-561-2554. Visit cafemartorano.com.

Cook, DJ, celebrity, author, New Times Tastemaker, and just overall restaurant personality Steve Martorano is one of Broward's most highly recognized chefs. You don't get that level of praise or recognition by being average. Twenty years ago, the cook — he hates the term "chef" — set up shop in a rundown strip mall not far from Fort Lauderdale beach, and he's been blowing us away ever since with his old-school Italian food. Martorano has expanded over the years, adding locations in the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood and in Vegas; however, he hasn't lost that classic Italian-American touch. From his awesome eggplant stack to his classic lasagna, this is Italian food like your Nonna used to make but better — sorry, G-ma.

9. Mike Hampton and Christy Samoy

Hot & Soul, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 754-206-2155, or visit hotandsoul.com.

They say, "Two heads are better than one." In the case of this mom-and-pop couple, we completely agree with whoever "they" are. Separately, each one can cook up a storm; however, we're glad these two found each other, in more ways than one. Together the pair creates fully homemade international fare with soul. From Italian "Gnaughty Gnocchi" with oxtail, San Marzano tomatoes, basil, and pecorino to Pilipino Chicken Adobo with soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, and jasmine rice to Cajun "Gumbo Yumbo," a combination of ham hock, andouille sausage, and chicken gumbo served with scallion rice, you can feel the love. Isn't that all you need?

8. Fulvio Sardelli

Sardelli Italian Steakhouse, 331 Van Buren St., Hollywood. Call 954-921-8331. The Tipsy Boar, 1906 Harrison St., Hollywood. Call 954-920-2627. Visit sardellis.com.

A staple on the local restaurant scene since he was just a kid — his family had owned restaurants in Davie and Hollywood since the mid-1980s — Fulvio Sardelli Jr. has brought innovative high-end Italian and porkcentric gastropub fare to Hollywood. From Barolo-braised short ribs in a $1.6 million four-story Mediterranean-style villa right near the beach to pork-belly sliders and beer-can chicken and a Cigar City brew on Harrison Street downtown, Sardelli has a knack for staying on trend and doing it well. That's what being a restaurant "lifer" is all about.

7. Tony Sindaco

Sea, 235 E. Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Call 954-533-2580.

Set in a nondescript strip mall less than a mile from the beach, Sindaco's restaurant pumps out seafood like you wouldn't believe; unless, of course, you've tried it out for yourself or have seen his résumé. He's held positions at world-class spots, such as the commis de cuisine at Michelin 5-Star Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland, and chef poissoniere at the Five Diamond Helmsley Palace in New York City under Andre Rene. From tuna Bolognese to braised black grouper with an ever-changing selection of accessories, Sindaco's skill is evident in every last bite of his cuisine.

6. Angelo Elia

Casa D'Angelo Ristorante, 1201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-564-1234, or visit casa-d-angelo.com.

The patriarch of fine dining in Fort Lauderdale, executive chef/owner Angelo Elia is known for elevating the food scene in this city — and probably all of Broward and Palm Beach counties. Over the years, he's racked up a number of accolades, ranging from Zagat's America's Top Restaurants; Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence on numerous occasions, including 100 Best Wine Restaurants in 2012; and, most important, a number of New Times awards, including Best Place to Close the Deal in 2009. When he's not cooking a dinner for the fine folks at the James Beard Foundation or some other elite culinary event, he's at one of his many local spots watching over simple Tuscan fare like bistecca alla fiorentina (dry-aged New York strip steak marinated in olive oil, rosemary, and garlic) or one of the many daily specials. He's good like that.

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frankd4 topcommenter

....................................................well at least NICOLE DANNA is on the ball with this article in the donut section:....." 9. Grampa's Bakery and Restaurant Family-owned and -operated since 1957, Grampa's Bakery and Restaurant in Dania Beach has been serving homemade American food for more than 50 years. That includes a near-endless dessert and pastry case, where you can find almost any type of cookie, cake, pie, bread -- and, yes, doughnuts. All baking is done fresh, on the premises daily using old-fashioned equipment and from-scratch mix, just as it's been done since the place opened. To make its doughnuts light and flavorful, Grampa's uses a vegetable-shortening-based oil that gives each -- the yeast raised, especially -- that perfect light-and-fluffy feel."

........sara V WHY NOT just ask who the chef is there instead of advising all those other TOURIST RIP-OFF joints with "celebrity" chefs who are only gonna be around for a while here (until their scam is exposed or they have screwed enough patrons to be black-balled)  ?

frankd4 topcommenter

.....................................................of course sara ventiera must think the tourist easy pickins to be screwed, so encouraging the blind to their financial screwing is part of the process, or else who would care about a $1.6 million dollar BUILDING when discussing FOOD ?

otherwise GUY FIERE endorses GRAMPAs which has plenty of FREE parking, and Tommy as a host,  and a staff of regulars since the last ice age, (i really hope no one goes there so i myself can get a table) and includes GRATIS their AM table offerings of coffee cake pieces which is MORE addictive than crack cocaine (why should the article push FREE stuff - right ?)

frankd4 topcommenter

.......................the problem with any LIST is the BIAS of who compiles it,  and since many if not most who frequent these places are intended to be TOURISTs and VISITORs,  either YELP or ZAGAT or FODORs should be "the deciders" for them - no ?

funny thing is outsiders VOTE for places like LA SPADAs which i guess is the closest thing to having a cult following ft liquordale can provide............................ALL the other providors are either sysco, henry lee, cheney bros supplied OVERpriced and UNDERdelivering tourist traps

as for GUESTs they should also be advised of the local "screw the tourist" mentality extending from the kitchen to include VALET parking and PREDATORY TOWING (try finding a parking place going to SEA (listed in the article) on Commercial Blvd - the entire street is torn up and under construction cutting off almost ever public metered spot so YOU WILL BE tempted to park where you shouldn't and ALL COUNTY TOWING will be on the prowl with their illegal spotters ready for YOU dummies (no mention of THIS tourist trap revenue enhancement in the article)


ludiccrous !, preposterous ! absurd !

that this list would not include Eduardo de San Angel


frankd4 topcommenter

......................BTW this is a RE-HEATed article from OCT 4........which i ignored then as a STALE serving