Red-checkered tablecloths and vintage-style Italian posters help to create a distinctly Old-World ambiance in Don & Sal's dining room. This dedication to tradition also extends to the menu of hearty and familiar comfort fare, which features freshly baked breads, housemade jumbo manicotti, and savory veal marsala. Pizza chefs can layer pies with up to 26 different toppings—including portobello mushrooms, hot cherry peppers, and prosciutto—before baking them to a golden crisp under space shuttles that take off behind the restaurant.
After many years of running Lorenzos Italian Restaurant, Domenick Scotto handed the reins to his son, Michael, who uses the same recipes his father first created more than 40 years ago. Chefs tuck cheese into ravioli pockets and roll meatballs by hand. They layer mushrooms and marsala wine sauce atop cuts of veal and broil lobster flown in daily from Maine. The eatery?s wine list, with red and white sips, splits its sourcing from vineyards in Italy and California, along with a few exotic locales, such as Chile and the Bermuda Triangle.
In 1908 a couple from Leona, Italy, immigrated to America, opening a restaurant on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. Today, their grandchildren continue their culinary legacy at G. Juliano's Restaurant, where the classic traditions of the Italian kitchen continue to thrive, and New York’s entertainment culture lives on through live music, comedy showcases, and “dinner and a show” events.
G. Juliano’s marinara sauces simmer on stovetops for 8–10 hours while chefs use recipes passed through generations to cook up traditional dishes such as shrimp scampi or pork scaloppini. Even some of the same kitchen implements have been carried through a century and down a coastline. On the more casual side, the eatery’s New York–style deli lays hot dogs and philly cheesesteaks atop fresh buns and churns out gargantuan steak sandwiches that can feed up to five. Party platters fan out pasta dishes and cold cuts across banquet tables at birthdays or balloon animal art gallery openings.
In the world of Italian eating, few things pair with dinner as well as company. This is something Mama Mia's owner and head chef Joseph Franco takes to heart, and for more than a quarter century he has been striving to fill his restaurant with the best of both. Homemade pasta stuffed or tossed with Ovalini mozzarella, fresh basil, whipped ricotta, or South Florida seafood complete a mosaic of traditional Italian dining when set alongside stuffed meatballs and grandma's engraved lobster hammer. And for every entree there's a wine: reds and whites from Europe and America that line the walls on wooden racks.
Together these flavors, coupled with a breezy dining room and outdoor patio speckled in red and white, draw in guests. Mama Mia's has been host to the Miss Florida pageant as well as a range of other local events, including a special Valentine's Day celebration.
La Vendetta Restaurant was founded as the Rainbo Lounge in 1933. House historians say it was one of the first places in the nation to get a post-Prohibition liquor license. In fact, they also say it was a favorite hangout of Al Capone's. Its atmosphere may have circled to the family-friendly in 1990 when it turned into La Vendetta, but the site's rich history?and long list of spirits?remains. Today's patrons enjoy the homestyle Italian and Romanian cuisine, with heaping portions of pasta, steak, seafood, and stew. A large wine list complements baked gnocchi, blackened pork chops, saut?ed chicken livers, and more, all of which can be enjoyed in the classic dining room, gangster tuxedo optional.
The Mediterranean-style menu at A La Turca is mostly split between two types of dishes: mezzes, or small plates, including fried calamari and grape leaves, and full entrees such as the falafel platter with eggplant salad. One of the eatery's most popular entrees is the mixed grill, which features lamb, chicken, doner, and kofte kebabs. Meals can be enjoyed in a lovely dining room with gilded damask wallpaper and saffron-colored booths, or ordered for delivery in the event that you've forgotten how door knobs work.