Forte Martini Bar and Restaurant - Closed

225 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Critics' Pick


  • $$, $$$, $$$$
  • Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking, Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended Reservations Required, Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
The first week it opened in downtown West Palm Beach, the staff at Forte di Asprinio reported that a table of customers had spent $25,000 on dinner and tipped the waiters another five grand. But you don't have to spend like Imelda Marcos on Ritalin to get a good meal here. In fact, 20-something Top Chef celeb Stephen Asprinio has designed his menu specifically to accommodate gangs of foodies his own age who want to sip and sample without having to empty their trust funds. Asprinio is no longer the chef, but the small, Tuscan-contemporary menu is exquisite. Starters in the $10 to $20 range that also make great bar food include plates of salumi dressed up with delicate vinaigrettes and mostarda fruit and a quartet of fish tastings, each with its own indelible personality. Homemade pastas and risottos, like a lobster ravioli or buccatini in cream sauce, sound obvious but enchant with ethereal and unexpected flavor pairings. Wine flights are dispensed from a gleaming machine at the bar.

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  • A Good Chef Is Hard to Find
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 4 a.m. by Gail Shepherd

    My job as a restaurant critic is great fun, but there's a sad irony. I never become a regular customer. Budget and time limitations conspire: after a second or third visit I rarely have the opportunity to go back to a place I've wri...

  • Clematis Lays Golden Egg
    Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 4 a.m. by Gail Shepherd

    The week they opened in downtown West Palm Beach, the staff at Forté di Asprinio (225 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-3330) were happily startled when a small party spent $25,000 on food and drink and dropped a $5,000 ...


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