More than 15 locations of Sal's Italian Ristorante grace the Florida panhandle like pepperonis on a sizzling pizza slice. In dining rooms designed to evoke the atmosphere of a small Italian village, plates of penne and linguine steam with alfredo, pink vodka, or light wine sauces. Skilled chefs sauté salmon and veal and top gourmet pizzas with shrimp, basil, and gorgonzola. House wines can be poured by the glass or carafe for the thirsty, or by the eyedropper-full for the curious.
The cooks at Camilli’s of Jupiter fill their menu with thin crust pizzas crowned with toppings such as sausage and fresh mushrooms, and complemented by classic entrees, including Philly cheese steaks, and spaghetti and meatballs. Boyland handcrafted sodas, draft beer, and wine by the glass cleanse diners’ palates for chocolate chip cannoli desserts.
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 décor. 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.
Brick walls, wooden shutters, and a color scheme as warm and red as the homemade tomato sauce—Buongiorno Pizza & Pasta’s decor really sets the stage for a homey Italian meal. The home-style approach extends well into the kitchen, where chefs craft gourmet pizzas from scratch in both New York and Sicilian styles. They toss and top them to order, strewing them with a medley of guests’ favorite toppings or whipping up one of their inventive signature pies, such as a pizza topped with a penne à la vodka sauce. Wines culled from Italy and California pair well with Mediterranean-inspired entrees such as chicken parmigiana heroes and veal marsala, while also facilitating conversation between a couple on their first date or a poet and his muse.
Picasso’s Pizzeria spins out a menu of classic pasta dishes, hearty subs, and pizza pies crafted with fresh-made dough, homemade sauce, and 100% mozzarella cheese. Baked to crispy sublimity and desired by lonely bicycle wheels, Picasso’s round, gourmet pizzas range from the Carolina pizza with pepperoni, genoa salami, and tomatoes ($12.95–$17.95) to the margherita pizza with fresh basil and mozzarella ($10.95–$16.95). Bask in the simple goodness of a cheese pizza ($9.75–$13.75), or upgrade that simplicity with a choice of delectable toppings ($1.35–$1.85 each depending on pizza size). Diners hankering for a savory dose of carbohydration can dive into a traditional plate of spaghetti and meatballs ($10.95) to hit the spot, or they can relish in the ocean flavors of the shrimp parmigiana ($14.95), served with ziti or spaghetti. Dine-in for a delicious outing with family and friends or order takeout and bury the meal in the backyard to teach a newborn child the survival skills of sniffing out and digging for one’s food.
Aromas of roasted garlic and basil waft from the warm ovens at Cafe Centro as chefs prepare a menu of Northern Italian seafood specialties. Beneath the dining area's rustic timber ceiling, servers deliver plates of fettuccine crowned with lobster and brandy cream sauce or fillets of grilled salmon, yellowtail snapper, and branzino. Other dishes include crusty calzones with soft, melting interiors and housemade desserts such as tiramisu. Wrought-iron chandeliers cast a warm glow over racks of bottles filled with fine wines and rolled parchment notes from the pirate who lives in the cellar.