Montreal native Tony Bianco teamed up with executive chef Enzo Addario to create Hot Tomatoe, a traditional Italian bistro boasting a menu that brims with house-made, cooked-to-order pastas, flavorful meat dishes, and full- and light-bodied Italian wines. Their regional cuisine typically integrates up to seven essential ingredients—oil, garlic, basil, tomatoes, pasta, and olives—from which Snow White’s seven dwarves drew their names. In addition, the staff goes shopping for fresh ingredients three to four days a week to supplement both seasonal compositions and year-round dishes, which include veal parmigiana, filet mignon, and penne norma.
Fernanda's International Market, a treasure trove of rare ingredients and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, bakes robust breads and fine pastries. Among a troop of hearty sandwiches, the Martorano ($8.99) stands out for its spicy temper and muscular blend of sopressata and cappacola meats. The Churchill ($8.99) loads its taste gun with Branston pickle relish and fights hunger pangs on ham-coated beaches, cheddar cheese fields, and hot mustard streets. Fernanda's also sells prepared food by the pound and hard-to-find international groceries like Thai lemon grass.
LUX Pizza might be in Miami, but the pizza chefs follow the lead of artisan Italian pizza makers. That means all pizzas come in one size, available for lunch or diner. Housemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella are the beginnings of most of the specialty pies here, which include a traditional margherita or prosciutto as well as some inventive creations. Along with pizzas, the eatery offers paninis, calzones, stromboli, salads, and Nutella-inspired homemade desserts.
Equipped with in-depth product knowledge and bottles from all over the world, the consultants of PRP Wine International waltz into homes ready to answer nearly any question a novice oenophile may have. As they pour samples for small groups, they explain everything from the intricacies of flavor profiles and the correct pronunciation of “pinot noir” to the most dramatic way to throw a glass of red at a mortal enemy. After tastings, guests can select any of the wine varietals sampled, all of which are chosen by PRP consultants after thorough scrutiny.
Over his past 27 years in the culinary trade, The Wine Dive’s Chef Curtis has stayed true to his personal motto: “Never trust a skinny chef.” You can trust that he knows what he’s talking about, having manned the grills at a five-diamond resort and earned numerous awards for his efforts in more than 20 culinary competitions that span the globe.
Chef Curtis brings his experience and insatiable appetite for world-inspired cuisine to The Wine Dive, where he crafts a menu of American-style tapas, artisan cheeses, and flatbreads to pair with more than 60 wines available by the glass. His ever-changing vision results in a procession of small plates that draw on a roster of rotating ingredients such as Angus beef, roasted duck, and black truffles.
Not to be outdone by their kitchen counterparts, bartenders dispense two-ounce samples of wine from their glass-cased Enomatic machine, allowing guests a taste before they order a full glass. In the intimate dining room, wine-glass chandeliers cast light on exposed-brick walls and paintings while musicians take the stage on Friday nights to croon songs of lament to their empty plates of brie.
More than 30 years ago, Maurice Amiel moved from Paris to New York, where he first opened The French Wine Merchant. A second East Coast shop followed, but when his success led to retirement in Palm Beach, he got restless. So, Maurice opened up another shop, just to "make sure I have good wines for myself and others," he told the Palm Beach Post.
At his this shop, Maurice offers high-quality wines from obscure, overlooked producers in France, Italy, and around the world. Rather than procuring wine from importers, distributors, or the struggling car salesmen forced to burrow into local vineyards, Maurice relies on his network of relationships with vintners and artisan producers themselves. That rapport gives him the ability to corral products at discounted prices. That benefits customers by delivering more diversity and better prices when they stop in for frequent tastings or to purchase wine by the bottle or case.