DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA: WHERE TO EAT
“You’ve come a long way baby” may have been one of the hottest slogans when it advertised slim cigarettes to women in the late sixties. Now, every time I stroll the streets of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, I think it could easily make a comeback.
For years this sleepy beach town perched on Florida’s southeast coast, less than an hour from three major airports, was to me – a teen spending school holidays with my grandparents at the beach – a simple place. Your choices on any given night were few; it was either the early bird special or dinner at home at 5:30 then the 7 pm movie.
A little more than five years ago things started changing. New movie theatres opened and showtimes were extended to well after 7 pm. And as the surrounding farmland was cleared for new development, restaurants began cropping up to feed the newcomers; people who, like me, got hungry after 5:30 pm and wanted to have more choices beyond Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘n Fruity Pancakes. A transformation was taking place along Atlantic Avenue and the restaurants lining it to the sea were becoming more interesting; some were trading up to serving world-class cuisine, while others were experimenting with farm to table menus and balanced cocktails.
Nowadays, a two-week vacation in Delray Beach becomes a race to squeeze in still another new restaurant and scope out another for the return trip. And screening the new blockbusters too, of course.
Scuola Vecchia Pizza e Vino
Not that man can live by burgers alone. If you’re up for the most authentic Neapolitan style pizza, tempting antipasti and inventive pastas paired with solidly good wine, head to this little gem. Pronto! And any pizza can be prepared gluten-free for an additional $5.00. That’s good news, huh? www.scuolavecchiapizzeria.com
By: Francine Cohen
The Best Pizza in Every State
Florida: Scuola Vecchia Pizza E Vino, Delray Beach
Scuola Vecchia brings a host of traditional Italian pizzas to Delray Beach with a ton of different options for every pizza-lover. Guests can choose from 25 different pizzas from the traditional Margherita to more complex pies like the capricciosa with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, Italian ham, artichokes, mushrooms, and extra-virgin olive oil. But if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, there’s the option to build your own pie, starting with the foundation of either a marinara or Margherita.
By: Dan Myers
03 June 2016 A food writer’s tour of Italian dining
By Rebecca Cahilly-Taranto
522 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
There are plenty of excellent pizza choices in South Florida, but Scuola Vecchia gets our nod for its authentic Neapolitan pizza, ambience and the owners’ dedication to returning to Italy on a regular basis for training in Old World techniques.
Sharon Aloisio and her son, Shaun, imported the kitchen’s bell-shaped, wood-burning oven from Italy. They learned how to use it from renowned chef and Master Pizzaiuoli Roberto Caporuscio, certifying Scuola Vecchia as the only South Florida member of the Neapolitan Pizzamakers Association.
Menu musts: Sharon’s own Old World lasagna; the signature spicy olive oil; classic Neapolitan pizza, Regina Margherita; and any of Sharon’s homemade desserts (we love the Angioletti con Nutella).
Café La Buca
451 S. Cypress Road, Pompano Beach
Executive chef and owner Marco Spina and his mother, Maria, came to Florida with father Giorgio and sister Simona for one of their regular vacations, and decided to open a little restaurant. Nothing fancy, no set menu, just like it is back in Italy – come in, sit down, lemme make you a little plate to eat.
Menu musts: There’s no set menu at Café La Buca, just let Marco surprise you with the night’s specialties. Bring your own wine if you prefer, there is no corkage fee. Reservations are recommended.
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No. 14: Keste Pizza from Scuola Vecchia
This is the best pizza you are ever going to eat. Spare me the earnest emails about this pizzeria or that pizzeria; one bite of this superlative pie, made in the finest Neapolitan tradition, and you will realize the error of your ways and beat yourself unmercifully.
Bill Citara, New Times
I’ve never been to Italy, but this is how I would imagine Neapolitan-style pizza would taste.
The vegetables are amazingly fresh, the crust is crispy and the mozzarella is made daily. There’s clearly a lot of care put into the pizzas.
Jon Burstein, Sun Sentinel