Here's where Italy meets Philly meets the tropics: At Caffe Luna Rosa, you'll dine on homemade breads, handmade pasta, and veal chop Milanese at outdoor tables just a hop from the beach. Somehow that salt air is all the seasoning Chef Ernesto di Blasi's Northern Italian specialties need. The gang at Luna Rosa are sticklers for quality: Meat and poultry is natural and hormone-free; tomatoes are the real San Marzano deal; hamburger is ground fresh daily in the kitchen; they even roast their own coffee beans. And they're as obsessive about breakfast, brunch, and lunch as they are about dinner. There isn't a more pleasant place to dig into your first meal of the day, from the overstuffed omelets and eggs Benedict to cinnamon-swirl French toast, and if there's another restaurant in South Florida serving Philadelphia scrapple and pork roll, we have yet to find it (if you don't know what's in it, don't ask — just eat). Even the creamed chipped beef on toast — a meal our servicemen used to fondly call SOS — is a delicious exercise in nostalgia.
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