Monday, December 19, 2011

The Spaniard Tapas Bar & Cafe

Hello my Foodie Friends, I had the great pleasure of organizing and attending a Media dinner at the brand new restaurant that just opened up in the former Moquila location in Downtown Boca called The Spaniard Tapas Bar & Cafe. Amongst the distinguished guests were popular food columnist Jan Norris, Leslie Streeter of the Palm Beach Post, Peter Leonard, host of The Food for Though Radio Show & co-host of The Talk of The Town Radio Show, Deby Goldfarb of Stepping Out Florida, Cary Roman from LivingFla, Linda Haase from The Boca Raton Observer, Shawn & Karen Alleyne-Means from HerLife Magazine, Misha Grosvenor from Broward/Palm Beach New Times and Taylor Morgan from South Florida Dines.

The night got off to a great start as we were greeted by Chef Jorge Luis Fernandez who poured each of us a unique Spanish beer called Estrella Inedit, served in an unusual and attractive bottle- which resembled more of a wine bottle and was even served to us in wine glasses. We were told that this beer was the collaboration between Executive Chef Fernan Adria of elBulli (a famous Chef from Barcelona), elBulli's Sommelier and Estrella Damm brewing company - conceived & created specifically for food pairings. I'm not much of a beer drinker myself, however I did give it a try and found it to be pleasantly crisp and clean with a hint of orange under tones. Once everyone arrived, we were seated at a long table where Chef Jorge stood in front of an easel and drawing board. He let us know that we were in for a fun evening and that this was going to be an "Interactive Experience". We hadn't been told of the menu in advance and the Chef wrote on the board the name of each dish and described it to us prior to the staff presenting each one to us. After we had a chance to savour each dish, he asked us our feedback and if he accurately presented the dish in the description. We all had a great time with our contributions. The first dish to arrive was a plate of Cured Pork Loin with Manchego Chees and Spicy "Chorizo", Walnuts and Dates. Freshly baked breads and a Mixed Olive Cocktail with homemade Pickle Garlic and Wild Capers accompanied this course.
Next up was the Chilled "Andalucian Gazpacho" with a "Typical" Spanish garnish. The soup itself was great, but when topped with the assorted garnishes of apples, diced peppers, tomatoes and croutons- it became elevated to a whole new level. This was a real unique treat.
The next dish was Roasted Sweet Piquillo Peppers filled with Calamari and Shrimp, and served in a Goat & Cream cheese Bechamel sauce. The filling was smooth and creamy and slightly sweet which contrasted nicely with the bechamel sauce, which was slightly more rich, had a hint of fresh anisette and tied the whole dish together perfectly. The Baked Corvina with Clams and Shrimp came in a lightly scented Saffron Broth Fume topped with White Asparagus. The fish was so flaky and tender while the flavors of the broth were so intense. We weren't provided spoons for this dish, so I ended up using the delicious bread as a vehicle for mopping up what remained in my bowl once the fish was all gone!
We were served a Lemon Sorbet with Dry Cava as a palate cleanser to prepare us for our next course which was the star of this evening's delights: the Black Seafood Paella with Cuttlefish and Aioli. Now, I have only had paella maybe once in my life and never "black" paella. Chef Jorge took the time to explain the proper technique for eating his paella. He instructed us to incorporate his wonderful aioli (not too mayonnaisey, not too eggy, oily or garlicky- just right!) into each bite and you know what, he was not joking. Combining the aioli with the rice and seafood made each bite a taste of heaven. To complement each course we served throughout the evening a variety of delicious white and red wines. We finished with a Viennese assortment of desserts, European Coffees and sweet Sherry. Not one of us left hungry and all of us left very excited and eager to come back for more!
The Spaniard Tapas Bar & Cafe is located at 99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432 Restaurant: 561-347-7000, Catering: 954-609-0656

They are open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner; closed on Mondays.

Chef Jorge also designs custom menus that can meet all culinary needs and tastes for parties of any size. From 1,000 people or more to just one. The Spaniard will plan and cater corporate meetings, events, team-building activities, weddings, garden parties and festivals. Interested in taking a cooking class? Gather your friends and co-workers and have a blast cooking with Chef Jorge, aka "The Crazy Spaniard".

Until we eat again...

I send you delicious wishes xo,


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Raffaele Ristorante - the wait is finally over

Hello Fellow Foodies,

For those of you who have been patiently waiting for Raffaele's to open, I've got good news: the long awaited, much anticipated opening of Raffaele Ristorante in Royal Palm Place has finally arrived! Chef/Owner Raffaele Esposito took his time to see his vision through as he totally transformed the space that had previously been occupied as Argentango into something uniquely his own. This new space is open and airy and is decorated in soothing, neutral tones of beige and brown with italian tile floors and dangling mother of pearl pendant lighting. The large windows and sliding glass door provide an excellent view of the lighted monument tower at night, and a nice selection of music could be heard throughout the restaurant which added to the overall ambience.

Raffaele, a successful restauranteur in NYC for 20+ years, decided to move to South Florida and bring his culinary expertise with him. His signature dishes are representative of Naples and Southern Italy and his wine list, primarily comprised of CA and Italian wines, is quite extensive.

I had the pleasure of dining at Raffaele's last night and wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the evening. As we entered the restaurant, we approached the hostess stand and were warmly greeted and escorted to a nice private table. Shortly after being seated, our server, Jean, came over to introduce himself, presented us with a wine list and offered to tell us about their appetizer and dinner specials to aid us in deciding what wines we might be interested in selecting. We appreciated that gesture and thought that was a very nice touch. I started out with a lovely glass of Lyeth Pinot Noir, CA ($12) and my husband chose the Capone Super Tuscan Reserve ($14). Both were wonderful choices. A basket of assorted freshly baked breads were delivered to our table that had been made in house in their wood-fired oven. We informed Jean that we were interested in trying a number of items and taking the initiative, like a true professional, he had each item brought to our table already split in the back. Impressive. First up was the Capesante Con Shiitake ($13)- grilled scallops with leeks, shiitake mushrooms and fresh herbs. The scallops were tender and the white wine reduction was light and flavorful. The shiitake mushrooms were the star of this dish in my opinion. Next up was the Lenticchie Con Riso ($10)- Lentil Soup with Italian rice. The lentils were cooked perfectly and this soup was packed with flavor. Next we had the Risotto Con Porcini Ricotta ($20)- Italian rice with porcini mushroom, ricotta and parmesan. The risotto was hearty and I especially enjoyed the combination of porcini mushrooms, the ricotta, parmesan and the fresh basil that topped the dish.

We selected the Steak Pizzaiola ($30) for our main entree, one of the specials that Jean had informed us about. The steak was cooked in their wood-fired oven, sliced and delicately placed atop a freshly prepared tomato sauce and accompanied by a spinach and cheese encrusted fritter (for lack of a better word) which was very unique and very tasty. Lastly, we somehow managed to save room to try two of Raffaele's wonderful desserts: Tiramisu ($8) - Homemade with ladyfingers, coffee, Kahlua and mascarpone cheese (simply, TDF: to die for!) and Torta di Ricotta ($8) - Homemade Italian cheesecake with a delicate orange sauce. We were pleasantly surprised when Raffaele himself came out at the end of our meal and brought with him some of his very own homemade arancello. He makes both limoncello and arancell (the orange one). Watch out folks, this stuff is uber strong and will knock your socks off if you're not paying attention! Great flavor and a wonderful way to end an exquisite meal.

Raffaele Ristorante is located at 508 Via de Palmas in Royal Palm Place. 561-392-1110. Their website is still a work in progress, but does have their menu listed: They are open for lunch M-F 11am - 3pm and dinner every night from 5 - 10pm and until 11pm on Fri & Sat nights.

Until we eat again...

I send you delicious wishes, xo


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blues FortyOne- The Place to be for Great Food & Live Music

Hello Fellow Foodies,

My latest BocaFoodFind is the new Blues/Jazz Restaurant in Downtown Boca called Blues FortyOne (41 E. Palmetto Park Rd.) I ventured out there the other night with a friend to check the place out. We were warmly greeted and asked if we'd like to be seated at a table or if we preferred to have a seat at the bar. We decided upon the latter. To get the evening started, I selected the Diseno Old Vine Malbec, ($7) and my friend had the Blufeld Riesling, ($7) both very tasty.

We then glanced at the menu and soon discovered that it was quite eclectic. It had everything on it from Steak, Veal, Lamb, Pork and Fish to Sushi, Soups & Salads. It was explained to us that the thought behind the menu was that they wanted to be able to have something on the menu that would appeal to everyone in the party who came there. Well, I believe they hit their mark with these offerings. As we were trying to decide what sushi to start off with, Sushi Chef Chi came over to us and asked us to tell him what we liked. We both agreed that we liked eel and also a crunch factor, so he suggested we try the Crunchy Eel Roll, ($11), which was actually an adaptation of the Crunchy Tuna Roll. Besides the eel, which was definitely the star ingredient of this roll, it also had scallion and avocado and was fried perfectly. It was excellent, and quite a work of art to boot!

Next up was the 14 oz Prime NY Strip Steak, ($39), with grilled Zucchini & Sweet Potato Croquettes. The steak was seasoned and cooked to perfection and the croquette had a nice crispy coating and a soft flavorful center. Not pictured, but definitely a highlight of this dish were the crispy shallots that were placed on top of the steak. They were amazing! We decided to share the Eggplant-Portobello Tower ($22), which consisted of lightly breaded/fried eggplant and grilled portobello mushrooms drizzled with a balsamic glaze, roasted tomatoes and grilled zucchini topped with a little dollop of fresh hummus. Delicious!

To end this very satisfying meal, we were brought out a beautiful Panna Cotta, ($7) -Italian Vanilla Custard with a trio of berries (Raspberry, Blackberry and Blueberry) with Grand Marnier and brown sugar. Simply divine!

While we dined, a pianist played ambient jazz music, which we were told is typical during the dinner hours and that they kick it up a notch with premium Blues bands later in the evening. For a complete line up, you can check their music schedule online at

Blues FortyOne is located at 41 E. Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton 561-672-1515.

They are open Tues - Thurs 5 - 11pm; Fri & Sat 5pm - 2am and Sun 5pm - 9pm.

Become a Fan of theirs on Facebook:

Until we eat again...

I send you Delicious Wishes, xo


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sushi & Sake & Yakitori - Oh My!

Hello Fellow Foodies,

I am excited to report to you my latest BocaFoodFind- Yakitori Sake House, located in Royal Palm Place, in the former Diamatsu Sushi location on SE Mizner Blvd. I have three words to describe my new favorite sushi restaurant (well, it's actually one word, but I have to repeat it three times to achieve the impact: FRESH! FRESH! FRESH! These guys aren't skimping, that's for sure. The thick cuts of sashimi were melting in my mouth. Owner Ben, who opened up Yakitori after working for a Japanese restaurant in Coral Springs for 14 years, was on hand to chat with while I sat across from him at the highly stylized sushi bar. I was curious about the name Yakitori and what it meant and soon found out that it is the Japanese version of skewers. My server, Tina was so sweet. After handing me the menu, she asked me what I'd like to drink. Being that it was lunch and I had to return to my office, I resisted my usual sushi side kick (sake) and opted for a refreshing Calpico (Japanese juice). Since this was my first visit, I was interested in trying a variety of items on the menu. After looking over the yakitori choices, I announced to Ben that I'd like to try the Pork Belly. He graciously nodded and then suggested I try the Sea Bass and the Calamari as well (his personal favorites). I eagerly obliged. Turns out, they were all delicious, but the Sea Bass and the Calamari were indeed my favorites too. On to the sashimi. Jeff, the Sushi Chef started me off with a plate of Salmon, Seared Albacore Tuna & Hamachi. OMG!
Every bite kept getting better than the one before it! The fish was (dare I say it again), so FRESH and such a generous thick cut. I have to say that the Hamachi was probably my most favorite of the three, although it was so close. Then Jason came out (who I'm pretty sure doesn't speak much English yet) holding what appeared to be a prized fish. Apparently it was a Hiramasa fish, flown in from Japan. They say it's even better than Hamachi. After I snapped a photo of him holding up this "prized possession", he returned to the kitchen and shortly returned with it cut into portion sizes. Unfortunately, I didn't get to try that, but will certainly ask for that on a return visit. Next Jeff made me a Little Tuna Tower, which was one of their specialty rolls. It consisted of chopped spicy tuna on top of a tempura roll of tuna, cream cheese and avocado. I tell you, with so many rolls to choose from, I'm sure there's something for everyone!

Yakitori has a nice patio with tiki torches and a cool interior and hip vibe. They've got two fantastic happy hours on Wednesdays - Saturdays from 4:30 - 6:30pm & again from 11pm - 2am. Buy 1, get 1 on hot sakes, Sapporo draft and house wine.

They are located at 271 SE Mizner Blvd, in Royal Palm Place, and on facebook: 561-544-0087.

Until we eat again,

I send you delicious wishes, xo


Friday, August 19, 2011

Meze Fest

Dear Fellow Foodies,

My latest foodie event took place at Anatolia's Mediterranean Restaurant in Downtown Boca. We had a group of 20 who were treated to a wonderful selection of both hot & cold Mezes (or appetizers). Since Anatolia's doesn't serve wine, guests are encouraged to bring their own for a nominal charge of just $5 per bottle. Our wait staff was extremely attentive and were quick to open our bottles and chill any that needed to be chilled. Our first platter arrived and consisted of Hummus, Ezme (finely minced tomatoes, green peppers & onion), Babaganus (fire-roasted eggplant, tahini & herbs), Eggplant salad (fire-roasted eggplant, veggies & herbs) and Dolma (stuffed grape leaves). This came along with unlimited baskets of their home baked bread and homemade sun dried pepper dipping sauce, which was a big hit with this crowd!

Next up was a dish called Barbunya, which are kidney beans served slighly warmed with carrot, celerly and a light olive oil/lemon juice. Very tasty. Following the Barbunya came one of my favorite dishes: Kizartma - seasoned grilled veggies with a garlic yogurt sauce drizzled on top. We had grilled eggplant, zucchini, carrots & cauliflower. Kisir came out served on a lovely bed of romaine lettuce leaves. Kisir is a cracked wheat which the chef masterfully combined with scallion, tomato, parsely and a pomegranate molasses lemon juice to create a perfect blend of texture and seasoning. We were instructed to eat this by scooping the kisir onto the lettuce leaves, everyone willingly followed these instructions.

To end the night on a sweet note, we were treated to a homemade mini baklava square made with layers of phyllo dough, filled with pistachios and walnuts and drizzled with homemade syrup and then topped with crushed pistachios. If you've read my previous food blog that I did on Anatolia's "Let's Talk Turkey", then you will also see that I was served this most yummy creation for dessert. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I dare anyone to find a better piece of baklava! Anatolia's in my opinion makes THE BEST, period!

So there you have it. To read some of the other comments made by my guests, please go to Anatolia's facebook page: While there, be sure to "LIKE" them.

They are located at 212 S. Federal Hwy. Boca Raton, 33432 561-361-4000
Open for lunch and dinner 7 days/week.

Stop in and say hi to the owners Nuran & Nadir. They will treat you, like they treated us...Like Family. Enjoy.

Until we eat again,
I send you delicious wishes xo,


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Where else can you get Middle Eastern, Afghan, Persian & American cuisine all in one place? Cuisine by Silvia, that's where!

Hello Fellow Foodies,

I recently brought a group of my friends to Cuisine by Silvia, a quaint little treasure located in Royal Palm Place. We tried a variety of the dishes that the owner Michael had brought out for us Family style. We started with the mushroom soup, which was a big hit with everyone. It had a wonderful texture and was creamy, although I believe he said it was not made with any cream. Next we were served baskets of freshly made pita bread with a variety of sides for dipping. My favorite was the babaganoush, followed by the Turkish cigars (a traditional meze made with a meat filling and phyllo dough and rolled tightly to resemble little cigars). We tried a few of the main entrees such as their Stuffed Chicken breast, which was stuffed with ground beef and red bell pepper and served with our choice of cous cous or rice pilaf. A mushroom gravy was brought out to accompany this dish which was excellent. The Rib Eye Steak normally comes on the bone, but for our group, Michael cut it into strips and served it Family style. The steak was cooked perfectly and was full of flavor. We had our choice of the above rice or french fries (or in my case, I had a little of both). We all enjoyed the ambience, the hospitality and of course the food and look forward to coming back again soon.

They are a Kosher Restaurant as well and do observe the Sabbath and as such are closed on Fridays & Saturdays. They are open for lunch & dinner, Sunday - Thursday from 11:30am - 9pm.

Cuisine by Silvia is located at 141 Via Naranjas, Suite 45b, Boca Raton, FL 33432
561-361-3939 Facebook:

Until we eat again...
I send you delicious wishes, xo

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Piccolino's, Boca's most recent addition to the world of authentic Italian cuisine

Hello Fellow Foodies,

The aromatic bouquet of garlic and slow cooked sauces can be intoxicating if you're walking through the downtown Boca area around lunch or dinner time. I'd been wanting to stop in to check out Piccolino's, the newest Italian restaurant to open up on Federal Highway, just south of Palmetto Park Road for some time now and finally made a point to invite some friends to join me a couple Saturdays ago. Owner Roberto Vacca and his lovely wife Leonora were so gracious and made us feel as if we were guests in their home right away. We were offered a nice glass of wine and soon were brought out a number of traditional classics to try. The Caprese Salad contained the freshest buffalo mozzarella that I've had in a very long time. It was so creamy, what a delight. The eggplant parm was off the charts. Fantastico! The Lasagna and Gnocchi were perfectly cooked and were packed with flavor as well. The Margherita Pizza was a crowd favorite; very thin and crispy and very tasty. The Ciabatta bread is fresh and is a nice vessel for mopping up your sauces and is also the star of their panini sandwiches.

Piccolino's is open for lunch M - F and dinner M - Sat. They are available for private parties on the weekends as well. It's a cozy little restaurant filled to the brim with charm, personality and top notch hospitality. I can't wait to return and I highly recommend you try it too.

Located at 78 S. Federal Hwy. Boca Raton 33432 561-395-8858 Facebook: Piccolino Italian Restaurant

Until we eat again,

I send you delicious wishes, xo


Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Fast, Fresh & Fantastic...It's Souvlaki Fast

Hello Fellow Foodies, I knew it was getting close to lunch time because you can set a watch to my tummy rumblings. Just finished posting some lunch specials from a few of the local downtown restaurants, when it hit me, from out of nowhere, that I hadn't had Souvlaki Fast in quite some time. So I decided then and there that was where I would order my lunch from today. I can be a creature of habit at times when I like a particular item on a menu and at Souvlaki Fast, I typically order the Gyro Platter, which is a tried and true favorite of mine. But today, I decided to try the Ribeye Souvlaki Platter. The Ribeye was supremely marinated in olive oil, red & white vinegar and was very juicy and tender. The platter came with a side of tzatiki, pita, Greek salad and a choice of rice or french fries for $12. Being that it was Friday and considering that I had been pretty good with my diet all week, I opted for the french fries, which I requested extra crispy. (Came out perfect!) The platter was very filling, but did not leave me feeling overly stuffed. Souvlaki Fast has built up a loyal clientele and deservedly so. Visit them at their downtown Boca location in Mizner Plaza (south end of Mizner Park) on NE 2nd St. or their new location opening up soon on the corner of Spanish River Blvd & Fed Hwy. 122 NE 2nd St. Boca Raton 33432 561-395-1906 Until we eat again, I send you delicious wishes, xo Denise

Friday, April 1, 2011

Nino's of Boca Raton

Hello Fellow Foodies, I realize I haven't blogged in a while and it's not because I haven't been out and about sampling Boca's finest, but I've just been so darn busy. Today, as I am enjoying my left overs from my dinner the other night, I became inspired to do a little post. My husband and I had an appointment to see our tax advisor over in the Fifth Avenue Shops a couple days ago and we decided to try out the newly opened Italian restaurant called Nino's of Boca Raton, which opened in the former location of Anna Vincenzo's. Nino's of Boca Raton might be new to East Boca, but has been serving up happy customers in Central Boca for over 30 years. On the night we went in to dine the place was packed, which was surprising not only because they had only been open for a few weeks, but it was a Wednesday evening. The menu was quite extensive, but we finally were able to make a decision. I ordered the Pasta Fagioli soup and my husband ordered the Lentil soup. Since I was watching my carbs, I asked the waitress if it was possible to go light on the pasta and she happily offered to accommodate by making sure that I was given mostly broth. We both enjoyed our soups and the garlic rolls that were promptly brought to our table. Again, watching the carbs, I picked around the rolls and just concentrated on what I thought was the best part, the crunchy top that was loaded with freshly minced garlic. We ordered a nice bottle of Montepulciano de Abruzzo which we were delighted with. For our entrees, I order the Veal Chop Bruschetta ($20.50). The veal was pounded & breaded in seasoned bread crumbs, sauteed in olive oil, then topped with diced Roma tomatoes, red onions & basil. I had a choice of sides which were included (fries - which we both thought was particularly odd- or pasta), but opted for the healthier choice of sauteed broccoli with fresh garlic & oil for an upcharge of $2.00 (it was worth every penny!) My husband ordered the Veal Marsala ($18.50) which consisted of veal scallopini sauteed with mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce with a touch of demi glaze. He opted for a side of spaghetti. All in all, we enjoyed the meal and felt that the bill was reasonable, coming in at under $70 including the nice bottle of wine. Nino's of Boca Raton II is located in the Fifth Avenue Shops, 1930 N.E. 5th Ave. 561-362-8990 Until we eat again, I send you delicious wishes xo, Denise

Monday, February 28, 2011

Zups, Zalads, Zides & Zandwiches oh my!!!

Hello Fellow Foodies,

I went to Zup for brunch with 6 of my girl friends this past Sunday and we tried a number of the items on menu - all of them fantastic. The signature Lobster Bisque was soooo yummy; you get nice chunks of lobster in every bite! The Roasted Tomato, Garlic & Basil Bisque was low cal and we couldn't believe that it contained no dairy. The Chef/Owner Johhny Z told us that the secret to the creaminess was his creative use of potato. The Chicken Pot Pie Zup was topped with
a French puff pastry and was chock full of veggies; not salty at all and was made with his own homemade chicken stock.The Eggs Benedict with Bolo ham was amazing. The eggs were perfectly poached and the hollandaise sauce was so light and delicious. The toasted ciabatta bread really held the benedict up nicely with all the nooks and crannies and was a nice twist to the classic English muffin! The grilled roasted vegetable wrap was one of my favorites. The veggies were grilled to perfection, topped with pesto and fresh mozzarella and served on a pressed multi grain wrap. The signature Lobster BLT was more than a mouthful. This was nothing short of a masterpiece. Johnny Z really does love him some Lobster! Lobster is a theme that runs through Zup's menu and, I for one, am sure glad it does. He flies them in fresh from Maine and showcases it in many unique menu items that you'd be hard pressed to find on any other menu, especially at lunch! Just when we thought we couldn't put one more morsel of food into our mouths, out came a beautiful dish of Johnny's homemade artichoke spinach dip. It was served warm, with some nice crostini rounds and each bite was filled with fresh chunks of spinach, artichoke and garlic! Zup will allow you to bring your own champagne or wine (with no corkage fee) and had we known that in advance, we would've brought some champagne to add to our oj for some lovely mimosas. (Note to self for the next time, as there will certainly be a next time and a time after that and...). Zup is the perfect place to hang out with friends, have a great breakfast and lunch and soon, dinner. One bite and you too will be hooked- guaranteed!

Zup is located at 99 SE Mizner Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432 on the first floor of Palmetto Place condos. 561-367-3688

You can "like" them on facebook at "ZUP".

Until we eat again,
I send you delicious wishes, xo


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

An 8-Course Tasting Menu at La Stella's

Dear Fellow Foodies,

A group of 9 of us embarked on a tasting dinner this past Monday evening at La Stella's in Boca Raton. Chef/Owner Jamie Barlow really outdid herself. The evening got off to a fabulous start with Course 1 - Escarole & Beans. The soup was superb. Now, if you are familiar with Escarole, you probably know that these greens can be quite bitter, but not in this soup. Jamie cooked them to perfection and the flavors were well balanced.

Our 2nd Course was Homemade Ciabatta Bread topped with yellow & red heirloom tomatoes, homemade fresh mozzarella & aged balsamic. Oh how the nooks and crannies in that bread soaked up all that wonderful juiciness that runneth over! This was a delicious combination!

Immediately following, was Course number 3 which paired amazingly well with the second Course. Set before us were beautiful plates of Antipasto - sliced to order Italian cold cuts, cheeses, olives, homemade roasted pepper & Italian Long Hots. Of course, while all this fantastic food was being served, we embibed in some of La Stella's wines from their extensive wine list.

Next up was the incredible Tagliatelle dish, comprised of Portobellos mushrooms, sweet peas, pancetta, Robiola cheese (which Jamie described as an Italian brie) and white truffle oil. OMG, was this ever so decadent. Just when you think you can't fit another bite in your mouth, Course number 5 appears before us.

This beautifully presented Grilled Trout was topped with Caponata (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, capers & black olives) and served with oven roasted potatoes.
Our Sixth Course was a Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak (which is not found on their regular menu, but makes the occasional appearance as one of the nightly specials.) The steak was seasoned and cooked to perfection and was served over a rich, creamy risotto.

Course 7 was a group favorite and of one person's in particular, whose eyes lit up when this big beautiful dish was placed before her. Taylor had been eyeing the menu prior to our tasting and when she spotted homemade Ricotta Gnocchi on the menu, she was determined to try it whether it was on our tasting menu or she had to order it on her own. Take a look at this Foodie's reaction as she took her first bite!

The final course arrived and by this point we were all completely stuffed, but of course, managed to shift our bellies and make room for more. What a foodie isn't willing to go through when confronted with good food! Course 8 was Pollo Scarpiello (bone-in roasted chicken, Italian sausage, fingerling potatoes, cherry peppers & fried peppers).

We all came away from the evening discovering what we feel is a true hidden treasure amongst the plethura of restaurants in town. Everyone had such a great time that there's talk about getting together again next month and doing it all again. (Maybe not so many courses the next go-around, however).
Until we eat again,
I send you delicious wishes XO,

La Stella's is open Monday through Saturday 5 - 10pm and is also available for Catering private parties. You can check out their website at or become a fan on facebook at

La Stellas is located at 159 E. Palmetto Park Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33432

Our Hostess with the Mostess, Chef/Owner of La Stella's - Jamie Barlow