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.
Old habits die hard for the Delgardios. The family opened its first pizzeria in 1937, setting up shop along Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. This New York connection remained so strong that when the Delgardio family opened a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale in 1976, they chose to name it GG's of New York.
The third generation of family members now runs the casual, family-style pizzeria and Italian eatery, using decades-old recipes to prepare everything from lasagna and manicotti to shrimp scampi and veal Milanese. Thick, Sicilian-style pizzas can emerge from the ovens with as many as 18 different toppings, or even handfuls of the available gourmet toppings, including steak and calamari.
From the red-checkered tablecloths to the black-and-white photographs on the brick walls, GG's of New York aims to create an inviting, homestyle vibe. According to the Sun Sentinel, "it's like having a meal at your Italian grandparents' home—even if you're not Italian."
The cooks at Cannoli Kitchen shepherd every plate from conception to consumption on the premises to fill their menu with fresh pizzas, pastas, and Italian desserts to feed parties of any size. Large tomato-basil pies ($17.99) eclipse tables and stars that are 18 inches in diameter, and pasta prisms of baked meat lasagna ($8.49) arrive flanked by a slice of garlic bread and a house salad or side of escarole and beans. Families can sit in or pick up spinach and broccoli stromboli ($6.49) and bubbling eggplant-parmesan subs ($6.99) to munch on in the comfort of their home. Crown meals with a toothsome top hat of creamy, chocolate-dipped cannoli ($2.79 each, $27 dozen). From the catering menu, a large tray of spaghetti marinara ($55) serves 10–12 hungry noodle twirlers, and orders of mozzarella sticks ($45) arrive in 50-piece increments to stock parties or edible Jenga tournaments.
The chefs at Argenti Pizza adorn their deep-dish pizzas—dubbed Argenti-style pies—with such creative ingredients as blue cheese, eggplant, pimientos, and chicken alfredo. The family-friendly eatery also piles plates high with spaghetti, ravioli, or chicken parmesan, their savory aromas mingling with karaoke tunes on Friday and Monday nights. At the other end of the pie spectrum, thinner New York–style crusts bake to a golden brown before being eaten or subbed in during frisbee golf.
Flavors of Italy and Peru form a mouthwatering marriage within Nonna’s kitchen where chefs conjure platefuls of both countries’ signature dishes. They entangle homemade pastas with meatballs and sausage, slather marinara over tender slices of veal or eggplant, and sear up thick pork chops and sirloin steaks. On the Peruvian half of menu, the spotlight shines on seafood-bejeweled stir-fries, citrusy ceviches, and hearty chicken and pepper stew. The restaurant also caters to on-the-go diners and proud computer owners with online ordering for pickup and delivery.
Andrew Garavuso occasionally leaves his post as chef at Sicilian Oven to display his culinary abilities. In one appearance on NBC 6's morning show, he passed out samples of his eatery’s wood-fired pizzas and cooked mussels in white wine sauce. Back on the home turf of his kitchen, chef Garavuso stands over steaming pots of house-made sauces and cuts from-scratch pasta dough into strips of linguine or sheets to write lasagna recipes on. Around him, wood-fired pizzas emerge from ovens, steam pouring from fresh-made dough in golden circles or the square shape that is traditional for Sicilian pies. Tomatoes imported from Italy support toppings, such as olives, fresh basil, steak, sopressata, and gorgonzola.