100 Favorite Dishes: No. 7 - Hog Snapper Oreganata from Sette Bello

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As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 7: Hog Snapper Oreganata from Sette Bello

I have a request for you, Mr. Italian Restaurant Server. Please, don't tell me about the branzini you flew in from the Mediterranean for tonight's special. I don't care about the

dorade, either, no matter how much you praise its "snapper-like"

texture. What I do care about is a chef that recognizes flying in

pricey Italian white fish to his Florida restaurant makes about as much

sense as trying to import sun and retirees. Which is why I've got to

give props to Franco Filippone and his Sette Bello, a charming,

romantic Italian restaurant in northeast Fort Lauderdale. Filippone --

who cut his teeth at Casa D'Angelo before opening Sette Bello in 2008

-- buffs up his daily-changing specials menu with fresh fish from our

own coast lines. He showcases the delicate, juicy flesh of local fish such

as hog snapper and yellowtail, and treats them as any wonderful Italian

chef would: very simply. In this case, that's sauteed gently in olive oil, white

wine, and garlic, then topped with house-made, seasoned bread crumbs

and gently broiled. His oreganata is classic, but refined. And the fact

that it originated in our native waters makes it taste even better.

Sette Bello.
6241 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale

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