Best of Broward / Palm Beach

Ten Best Italian Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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6. Kitchenetta

From Brooklyn by way of California, owner Vincent Foti opened Kitchenetta back in 2004 as a modern and simple alternative to heavy, old-school East Coast Italian haunts. A minimalist, almost-empty interior gives way to a fresh, clean, and colorful seasonal menu. Dishes like the gnocchi Gorgonzola and the steamed mussels Positano-style are composed of ingredients sourced from small-scale producers. Classic pizzas such as the margherita and the Toscana with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Prosciutto di Parma Crudo are made in a traditional wood-burning oven with Neapolitan flour. To encourage sharing, dishes are available in single and family-sized portions. It's kind of like eating at Grandma's, but not so stuffy -- and just better.

5. Marcello's La Sirena

Clean, opulent, and elegant, this West Palm Beach spot is hailed as one of the best places for Italian in all of Palm Beach County. Here, you'll find an ethos that's all about history and tradition. The open dining room is decked out with 150-year-old oak beams from the Shenandoah Valley decorating the ceiling. Paintings by the restaurant's founders, Miroslav Antic of Marcello and Ann Fiorentino, adorn the walls. The food follows the historical tone as well, with Old World dishes like crespelle aI quattro formaggi, a handmade crepe filled with fontina, ricotta di bufala, parmigiano, mozzarella, and delicate tomato sauce; and piccatina al limone, veal escalopes sautéed in lemon, white wine, and capers. New is exciting; tradition has time to prove itself.

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