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.
microbrews to complement its Italian-American bistro-style menu. Brewmaster Fran Andrewlevich—whose past work has won gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival—whips up lagers, pilsners, and seasonal beers right onsite. In the open kitchen, chefs feed flatbread bruschetta and hand-stretched pizza dough to a hungry brick oven, and craft ranch burgers filled with Angus beef, bacon, monterey jack cheese, and dreams of running away to join the circus concession stand.
Chicken, roasted peppers, and parmesan. Artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil pesto. Spinach, kalamata olives, and gorgonzola. These fixings mingle with mozzarella atop City Pizza Italian Cuisine’s gourmet pies. For something more conventional, try the menu’s build-your-own pizzas or a customer’s creation such as the meat lover’s, topped with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, ham, and bacon. The restaurant’s other Italian grub includes hero sandwiches, pasta, calzones, and stromboli.
Seated at booths or on an outdoor patio with brick floors, patrons of Pizza Stop and Pasta bite into New York-style pizzas with toppings such as baby spinach, roasted garlic, and sweet Italian sausage. Chefs also pile hero sandwiches with cold cuts and, bake pasta dishes, and toss chicken wings with tangy sauces.
Resplendent with variety and bustling with flavor combinations, Belle and Maxwell’s dinner menu brandishes an array of Italian-inspired bistro plates. Tasty flatbreads ($12) crane under the weight of delectable toppings, such as truffle oil and roasted garlic baked into a layer of goat cheese. The lemony, linguine-shielding chicken piccata ($16) inspires elegantly indulgent fork-pirouettes, and the specialty turkey meatloaf ($13), similar to an ex-celebrity in a karaoke bar, demands libation tribute from the bountiful drink menu. Afternoon appetites can salivate over the lunch menu, replete with roast-beef-and-brie-stuffed baguette sandwiches ($11) and a curried chicken salad laid over a bed of mixed greens ($11). To punctuate digestion, foodies can wander in the romantic, leafy patio, try out an English accent in the tearoom, or run laps around the nearest houseboat.