100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: No. 83 -- Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca

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 83. Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero from Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca

At Apicius, nothing is simple. Not even the pasta. 

But that's what happens when everything you get is made fresh to order. Sure, it makes for a costly dish and a lengthy wait -- but it's also some of the best food to be plated in South Florida. 

This holds especially true with our must-have pick, the restaurant's own creation of handmade porcini- and buttercream-filled pasta purses -- a deadly combination of imported ingredients and old-world authenticity compliments of Florentine owner Leopold Balistrieri. From his expansive French and Italian fusion menu, this dish represents the best of both culinary experiences, at once rich and decadent while hearty and filling. 

But be warned: This pasta dish is not for the health-conscious calorie counter. Each bite is an artery-clogging, creamy indulgence brought to you via soft sacs of fresh-cut pasta and served in a bath of fragrant, earthy cream sauce, then topped with fresh-shaved black truffles ($33). The end product: a fattening taste of heaven.

Whether it's lunch at the fire pit, dinner on the outdoor dining room, dessert at the piano bar, or a digestif at the cigar bar, Apicius is one dining destination you don't want to pass up.

210 E. Ocean Ave.
Lantana 33462

Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast at Grease Burger
No. 87: Banana Pancakes from Simply Delish
No. 88: Paella at Cafe Seville
No. 89: Coal-Oven Wings From Table 42
No. 90: Pork buns at Umi Fish Bar + Grill
No. 91: Mariquitas from Cabana
No. 92: Meatballs With Ricotta and San Marzano Tomato Sauce from Deck 84
No. 93: Crème Brûlée With Fruit Compote from Mojo
No. 94: Asparagus and Swiss Omelette from La Bonne Crepe on

Las Olas

No. 95: Pad Thai from Sukhothai

No 96: The Mother of All Burgers from Quickie's Burgers & Wings
No. 97: Arancini Rice Balls from D'Angelo
No. 98: "Yum Yum" Korean Pork Tacos from Nacho Bizness
No. 99: Sauteed Gator Tail from Rosey Baby
No. 100: Vacio Steak from Angus Bar and Grill

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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