Jimmy and Joe Castello, the father-son proprietors of Mamma’s Pizza Co., trace their culinary origins to 1969, when their family bought a small bakery. They commemorate this milestone by proudly displaying a black-and-white photo of their family posing in front of the shop’s quaint, striped awning. Today, they continue their journey by slinging traditional and sicilian pizzas that host toppings ranging from pepperoni and sausage to fresh basil and mozzarella. In addition to Italian-American favorites such as toasty subs and calzones and pasta dinners, they also whip up chicken wings slathered in mild, hot, or barbecue sauce.
Inside their cozy dining room, pale-yellow walls festooned with rolling pins and potted plants on the counter help maintain a cheerful atmosphere. The Castello family picture still stands watch over a few wooden tables, making sure that diners practice proper table manners and pizza-origami technique.
When you look at a Philly cheesesteak, "subtle" might be the last word on your mind. But it is, in fact, a sandwich of subtleties—just ask Big Al and his son Adam. When they moved to Florida from Philadelphia, they tried many cheesesteaks that purported to be authentic, but that lacked the small, signature touches of a true Philly creation: ribeye that was sliced and not chopped, for example, or the steak rolls only the East Coast had perfected.
So, the duo started their own cheesesteak restaurant. They sliced the ribeye steak, scheduled weekly deliveries of rolls from Philadelphia, and even put Cheez Whiz on the menu in addition to melted cheeses for added authenticity. This is not to say that they don't branch out—Big Al's also has burgers, hot dogs, and cheesesteak variants, such as the bacon-bleu cheesesteak or the spring-mix salad (it tastes like a cheesesteak if you close your eyes and concentrate hard enough).
Guests walk by book-lined walls, take their seats in red leather chairs, and open envelopes filled with silverware. It's just another day at The Office, an American gastropub that serves classic comfort foods remixed with a modern flair. Executive Chef Nick Troisen—who's worked under James Beard Award–winning Chef Mark Militello—teams up with Chef De Cuisine Zack Orsini to craft an eclectic selection of dishes, such as certified-humane beef burgers and lemongrass-glazed sea bass. The chefs use ingredients from local vendors and produce grown in The Office's hydroponics area, as well as unique preparation methods including molecular gastronomy, sous-vide cooking, and burgers extracted directly from visitors' dreams. In keeping with its chic workplace-inspired motif, the restaurant also features a front desk in lieu of a hostess booth.
Robert "Rocky" Telesca is as passionate about mixing beats as he is about mixing garlic and basil into his marinara sauce. At Rocky's Italian Cuisine and Steak House, he marries his love of DJing with his lifelong devotion to homestyle Italian fare. When Rocky himself isn't throwing down Motown and disco beats every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, Frank Sinatra’s crooning voice weaves in and out of the dining room's low hum of chatter like a silky-smooth Pac-Man. Amid this laid-back atmosphere, tables hoist plates piled high with pastas and entrees concocted from chicken, veal, and seafood. In addition to these saucy main courses, guests can sink their forks into house-made desserts, most of which are lovingly prepared by Rocky's mom.
Fresh, seasonal ingredients, harmonious flavors, artful presentation, and eclectic gastronomic touches are the core tenets behind Patio Delray's tropical-inspired menu. The creative bill of fare highlights fresh local seafood—including Florida blue-crab cakes and a catch du jour—as well as Asian-inspired dishes such as braised boneless beef short ribs that the Sun Sentinel praised as "slow-prepared to practically dissolve in your mouth." An intimate purple-and-gray bar pours more than 30 craft and local beers, plus a menu of specialty cocktails and martinis, each one devised by owner Miss Lily.
Patio Delray’s namesake space—a covered outdoor patio area—situates diners amid lush tropical plants and casual patio tables, and an interior dining room offers a more refined experience, complete with crisp white tablecloths, silk draperies, and forks that whisper in French. The yellow-and-orange walls are made all the more colorful with the addition of artwork from Dr. Mark H. Widick, a local photographer who captures cityscapes, space-shuttle launches, and vivid underwater scenes in vibrant high-resolution images.
75 Main in Delray Beach opened in April as the southern outpost of 75 Main, a three-year-old hotspot in Southhampton, New York that attracts celebs such as Jodie Foster and Pierce Brosnan, according to Boca magazine. Like its parent venue, the Delray Beach version blends a restaurant serving European-influenced seafood with a nightclub-like atmosphere after dark. The restaurant's 31-year-old founder, Zach Erdem, has sprinkled the modern space with abstract art pieces whose richly colored paints evoke the bold sauces blended by chef Walter Hinds.
Sliding into a cushy white booth, diners can nosh on appetizers such as sautéed mussels, pan-fried crabcakes, and truffle-accented mushroom risotto. Mahi mahi, swordfish, and shrimp sauté in garlic wine sauce as salads toss with fresh fixings of crumbled blue cheese and shaved parmesan. After finishing off the last Little Neck clam, guests can retreat to the outdoor patio and enjoy a sunrise cosmo in a cushioned lounge chair, or impress a date by ordering a signature midnight cocktail at exactly 11:59.