They’re opening grandly at Barolo (1201 U.S. Highway 1, 561/626-1616), the elegant Italian eatery in North Palm Beach’s Crystal Tree Plaza shopping center. From now until Sept. 30, the restaurant of food, wine and art maven Bill Habansky will be offering a $32.95 four-course prix fixe menu to celebrate its debut.
Inside, the 150-seat Barolo shows off a sleek, contemporary look highlighted by a large, U-shaped bar and modern artwork displayed gallery-style on cool white walls. There’s also a chic outdoor patio.
The menu sports a classical Italian orientation, with dishes like gnocchi Amatriciana, fettucine Bolognese, assorted fish and shellfish in a white wine-tomato “brodetto,” the hearty chicken scarpariello and one of my all-time favorites, mozzarella en carrozza, breaded and crisply fried mozzarella served with marinara and anchovy sauce.
With a name like Barolo you’d expect the wine list to be something special, and Barolo doesn’t disappoint. Look for a list strong in Italian and California bottlings, including—of course—several excellent Barolos, among the Pio Cesare, Fratelli Giacosa and Gaja.