Here are four great, authentic Mediterranean restaurants in Boca Raton and Delray Beach that you are sure to enjoy.
Prezzo was recently re-opened by Boca Raton's "Big Three," award-winning chef Mark Militello, chef Burt Rapoport and chef Dennis Max. The three have worked together since the 80s and opened Prezzo together in 1989. The wood-burning pizza oven restaurant was a major success in the 90s which gave all three chefs opportunities elsewhere around Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. They went their own ways because of this but have gathered to re-open Prezzo with its pizza classics and a new flavor-focused menu.
Location: 5560 N. Military Trl. #300; 561-314-6840.
Olive Pit Athenian Grille
Olive Pit is a kosher spot using imported ingredients from Greece and serving only imported Greek wine and beer. The Olive Pit gets its name because the restaurant uses olive pit briquettes for grilling. Olive pit briquettes are popular in Greece and Europe because they produce smoke-free, chemical-free heat. Try Greek specialties, favorites, and desserts at this new 84-seat eatery located in the Shoppes at Village Pointe.
Location: 6006 S.W. 18th St.; 561-409-2049.
Inspired by an island off Sicily, Osteria Salina is authentic Italian cuisine you can't find anywhere else. There's one mother restaurant in the Hamptons, a favorite for celebrities including Bradley Cooper, Jimmy Fallon, Howard Stern and Billy Joel. Executive chef Cinzia Gaglio and her husband Timothy Gaglio decided to open a location in the booming dining and entertainment industry in Delray Beach in mid-December. The food is made based on family traditions, as Galgio grew up around her family's restaurants, spending summers in the Lazio region of Italy. Here you'll find wholesome ingredients in light, fresh, can't-beat food.
Location: 9 S.E. 7th Ave.; 561-330-1237.
Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante
A sister restaurant to the one in South Beach Miami, Sardina opened with the same menu that has brought success in SoBe for the past 12 years. Everything is fresh and done right, and loyal patrons rave over the Mozzarella Bar menu that has six different cheesy dishes. The restaurant was opened by Sardinian native, Pietro Vardeu and the new one in Delray opened with the help of restaurateur Tony Gallo. The pasta is handmade, there are options for everyone, and the wine list is impressive.
Location: 3035 S. Federal Hwy.; 561-332-3406.