Restaurateur Pat Galuppi and his son Grant bring their experience working at a tavern and sports bar to their current stint helming Galuppi's, the restaurant for a neighboring Pompano Beach golf course. Next to a sparkling lake marked by fountains and views of the course, the restaurant is well poised to delight at least two senses—in the foreground of that resplendent scenery, a menu of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and salads presents taste buds with many savory options. Additionally, the eatery's Sunday brunch offers a meat-carving station, waffles, and maple-syrup sprinklers, though corresponding maple-syrup slip 'n' slides don't work so well. Meanwhile, a legion of 11 high-definition TVs broadcasts various sporting affairs from the bar, whereas 10 LCD screens accompany the outdoor patio. A holiday schedule catalogs occasion-specific revelries.
In an elaborate ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 25, the Margate Chamber of Commerce offered Vincent and Lynn Chase a plaque and a hearty handshake to celebrate the opening of their new eatery, Café Vincenzo. Since then, the sunlit dining room has filled with the garlicky aromas of classic Italian food, from veal and fish filets sautéed in wine sauce to cheesy baked pastas and calzones. Pizzas with gourmet toppings such as soppresseta and prosciutto also fill tables alongside glasses of wine from an extensive list. Below the hanging flower baskets of the café's garden patio, diners can also sip on a single espresso, chug a double-shot cappuccino, or take an invigorating swim in a centuple-shot latte.
Gotrocks American Pub houses pizza, wings, burgers, and a selection of American-style entrees inside a patriotically festooned interior. Underneath an exposed blue ceiling, patrons can coax shy appetites out from behind their uvulas with tempting appetizers such as the fried mahi fingers served with tartar sauce ($8.95), before biting into a 10-inch personal meat-lovers pizza, sporting pepperoni, sausage, ham, and bacon ($8.95). A selection of sandwiches and wraps stuffs seafood, chicken, pork, and veggies between buns, and the brie burger's savory-sweet mix of caramelized onions and applewood-smoked bacon melts together with brie and poached pears ($8.95). Pub entrees include rib and steak options as well as dishes such as the chipotle chicken penne pasta—sautéed chicken and sausage mixed with flavorful peppers and mushrooms, then spooned over penne pasta and caught in a downpour of spicy chipotle cream sauce ($11.95). Servers also deliver pints of imported draft beers, heft pitchers of domestic lager for tables to share, and mix Pinnacle vodka concoctions to wash down lingering crumbs. Gotrocks American Pub corrals a battalion of flat-screen TVs on its red walls to showcase sporting events and world-class knitting matches.
Zuccarelli's chefs have been serving fine Italian dishes for nearly three decades, but their recipes date back much further. Every day, they re-create carefully crafted homemade pasta, buttery sauces, and savory meats that have been shared at Italian tables for centuries. The cooks expertly render innovative interpretations of these time-honored dishes, tending to pans of simmering veal, chicken, and seafood, and tossing pizza crusts with gourmet toppings and cheese.
In the dining room, diners linger over last sips of wine and final bites of homemade tiramisu. A Romanesque column towers over the room, beaming down on rows of cushy booths and walls lined with artwork. On Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, a guitarist serenades guests with authentic Italian music and 1980s video-game themes upon request.
Within the tropical green walls of La Parrilla Rotisserie & Grill, cooks caringly squeeze lemon and lime wedges over fresh shrimp and octopus morsels before passing the plates off to servers who run the tangy ceviche to awaiting diners. The cooks then turn toward their flame grill where they flay tender pork to join with juicy whole chickens that they slid off the rotisserie only moments ago. Their traditional Peruvian and Dominican dishes usually hit the table alongside fluffy yellow rice, plantains, and garlic potatoes.