As a pleasantly unpretentious pizza and pasta paradise, Rotelli entices regulars who stop by for lunch and dinner to gather with friends, raise a few glasses, and indulge in fine Italian meals. The menu taps its homeland heel with light starters, such as bruschetta italiana ($6.99) and crispy calamari ($9.99). It sends a swooping high-kick well north of Sicily with chicken parmigiana, layered in ricotta and mozzarella, served with pasta ($15.99), and hand-tossed Napoletana pizza, dressed in pepperoni, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and sausage ($10.99 for 10", $18.99 for 16").
Victor Scarpulla opened Porto Bella Italian Restaurant in 1987, building on the Scarpulla family's extensive experience in the restaurant industry, which now numbers over 50 years. His skill quickly elevated Porto Bella from a new venue to a Boynton Beach staple?readers of the Boynton Forum have voted Porto Bella "Best Italian Restaurant" five times. Of course, this reputation owes much to the restaurant's authentic food. The menu encompasses 10 specialty pizzas and more than 15 pastas, as well as sandwiches, tasty marsala entrees, and homemade focaccia bread. Visitors enjoy these dishes inside the restaurant's quaint dining room or, when the wind isn't trying to steal their ravioli, out on the patio.
The airiness of pale exposed brick and blond wood contrast with the heartiness of the traditional Italian fare at Vic & Angelo?s, helping explain why Zagat rated the Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens locations highly for both food and d?cor. In the kitchen, chefs douse pastas with rich toppings such as crab meat and white-wine sauce or slow-cooked beef ragu. The coal oven blasts pizzas with 900 degrees of heat, and all-natural steaks arrive from Chicago after being dry-aged for 21 days. To accompany meals, diners can choose from a long list of mostly Italian wines, or venture onto an outdoor patio to fill glasses with complimentary moonbeams.
The expert chef at Crazy Mario's calls upon 25 years of foodsmithing experience to craft zesty Indian platters and 12 specialty pizzas from all-Halal ingredients—as well as an eclectic roundup of fried chicken, subs, and appetizers. An appetizer of sultani chili awakens palates more effectively than licking a light socket with two deep-fried peppers bearing hidden cargos of chopped chicken and tomato within their sweet shells ($5.99). The goat biryani anchors plates with a bed of rice and herbs garnished with fresh coriander leaves ($11.99), while the baingan bhartha mutes tumultuous bellies with flame-broiled eggplant and a sautéed entourage of green peas, herbs, and spices ($9.99). The tandoori-chicken delight pizza—which flaunts a medley of tandoori chicken, green peppers, onions, and oven-roasted tomato—infuses Eastern-inspired flavors in a special house sauce ($19.99 for 18"). Diners may also create their own customized pizza, piling on a choice of toppings that include meatballs, spinach, pepperoni, and pineapple ($11.99 for 18", additional $1.59/topping).
At Esposito's Coal Fire Pizza, an acclaimed chef makes chewy, crispy coal-fired pies by hand, crowning their creations with leaves of fresh basil, slices of mozzarella cheese, grilled eggplant, and prosciutto. Guests sink their teeth into slices of margherita or arugula-and-goat-cheese pizza—or pair glasses of wine or cocktails with pasta plates of veal marsala and chicken parmigiano. Those looking to expand their palates beyond pies may sample from a menu of filets, ribeye steaks, and Chilean sea bass.