It's not exactly a secret that the newest trend in restaurants is casual. Many people are just over the pretense of white tablecloths and haute cuisine: they just want honest food, in a laid-back setting.
Yet, while many existing restaurants are working to tone things down, Fort Lauderdale's New River Pizza & Grill is taking things up a notch. The 12-year-old pizza take-out and delivery joint is now focusing on amping up the cuisine and in-house service.
Director of Operations Randy Wilcox recently brought in Executive Chef Klime Kovaceski along with Executive Chef Robert Matrisimone and Chef De Cuisine Mario Williams to revamp much of the menu.
About two years back, New River Pizza packed up shop and relocated from its former location across the street. Kovaceski came onboard about seven months ago. Since then he's been focused on turning the place into more of a neighborhood bistro than a takeout joint.
"My background is in fine dining," he said. "I've been trying to change operations and focus on service."