Friday, December 26, 2014

DaVinci's is D'vine!

Hello Foodie Friends,

Today's review is of DaVinci's of Boca Raton.
DaVinci's, a family owned restaurant, is located in the Town Center Mall in the former Legal Seafood spot, next to Nordstrom. They just opened a few months ago and I was very excited to check it out with my friend and fellow food blogger Shaina, from Take A Bite Out of Boca. 

DaVinci's of Boca is owned by the Carvelli family (who also own the successful Ristorante DaVinci in Marco Island) with classic Italian specialties and innovative creations by Chefs
Francesco Carvelli and Chris DeGenova.  Originally from Mesoraca, Italy, the family recreates the warmth, hospitality, fine food and drinks reminiscent of their childhoods back in Italy.  

Italians love to entertain and according to DaVinci's Co-Owner & GM, Luigi Carvelli, that's what his family is all about. When you step through the door, you feel the warmth of the restaurant. They chose a lot of earthy colors and a lot of stone. Guests will feel right at home in the environment they have proudly created.  

Shaina and I began our night at the beautiful outdoor bar, a 60' bar which extends both inside and outside.  Like the kitchen, the bar focuses on fresh ingredients and the friendly and helpful bartenders are serving up some unique & modern concoctions as well as some timeless classics. I tried the Wild Berry Mojito made with Flor de Cana Extra-Dry Rum, Fresh Mint, Lime Juice and Fresh Berries. Shaina ordered the Fall Light, which was made with Grey Goose Pear Vodka, St. Germain, Grapefruit Juice, Peach Bitters and Zardetto Prosecco. We both enjoyed our cocktails very much.
Wild Berry Mojito
We then moved inside to the main dining room to enjoy our dinner. The menu is thoughtfully divided into two sections; the classico, which consists of recipes that have been in their family for generations and the moderno, which consist of recipes that their chefs are developing every day. 

Warm bread with Trio of dips 
 The first arrival to our table was a warm bread basket accompanied by a trio of dipping sauces -  eggplant caponata, extra virgin olive oil with aged balsamic imported from Italy, Mascarpone with lemon zest & thyme. Our taste buds were off to a great start!
 Under the Antipasti section of the dinner menu under the Moderno selections, you will find the Polipo Grigliato al Salmoriglio, aka Octopus. If you enjoy octopus as much as Shaina and I do, you will definitely want to try this version. It's served chilled and flavored with lemon, olive oil, parsley, potatoes, peppers, arugula and pepperoncino.
House-made mozzarella 
Another antipasti I tried, under the classico selection, was the house-made mozzarella stuffed w/prosciutto, roasted peppers, arugula w/tomato bacon jam & balsamic reduction. (Although I would go out on a limb and say that this could easily cross over to the moderno section, because the tomato bacon jam was ridiculously good and definitely a twist on the classic mozzarella caprese).
Pappardelle con Porcini e tartufo
 The Pappardelle con Porcini e Tartufo and the Chilean Sea Bass came out next. If you have been reading my posts, than you know that anything with truffle in the title is going to get Shaina and my interest. We both also happen to love pappardelle so when we saw this dish on the moderno side of the menu, we were all over that! The pappardelle was cooked perfectly and the porcini, asparagus tips, shaved black truffles and light cream sauce married so perfectly together. Our taste buds were now beginning to party in our mouths.
Chilean Sea Bass
Chilean Sea Bass is my favorite fish and whenever I see that on a menu at a fine dining establishment, I am tempted to give it a try. When our server, Michael, announced this particular version of sea bass as one of their specials of the night, we were both on board for trying it out. The sea bass was served on a bed of squid ink risotto and drizzled with a saffron cream sauce. Delicioso! Into wine??DaVinci's has a great selection of red and white wines from their 3,000 bottle cellar. I enjoyed a lovely baby Amarone during dinner.  
Salted Caramel Tiramisu
For dessert, Luigi had decided to have the Salted Caramel Tiramisu and the Lemon Meringue Mascarpone brought to our table for us to try. OMG! These dishes were truly pieces of art work on a plate. Not only that, but they were as tasty as they were beautiful.

Lemon Meringue Mascarpone

 Check this out, DaVinci's has Happy Hour 7 days a week from 11am - 6pm at the bar and patio only (how cool is that?) as well as a late night Happy Hour from 9pm - close. 

Private Dining area
The indoor private dining room can accommodate groups up to 40 guests and their outside patio/lounge area can accommodate much larger groups.

Still looking for ideas where to go this New Year's Eve? DaVinci's has some options for you to consider...

DaVinci's is open 7 days a week Mon - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri & Sat 11am - 11pm and Sundays 12pm - 10pm.
They are located at 6000 Glades Rd. (next to Nordstrom at the Town Center Mall). 561-362-8466. For more info, visit their website.

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


 Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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