I wandered into Santucci Ristorante the other night, intending to just grab an old-fashioned (the cocktails are terrific) and a small plate of pasta. I had both, but as usual at Santucci’s, it turned out to be a dinner that lingered in memory for the next couple of days.
The secret is that it’s an outstanding restaurant—food, service, staff. It’s a whole ball o’ wax, or the whole fettuccini alle vongole, which is a house specialty and was what I had. First though, a delightful appetizer special inspired by the Santucci family’s annual summer trip home: bruschetta with orange cherry tomatoes simmered in a gorgonzola sauce, with fried prosciutto (pictured above). It looked spectacular, all the dishes there do, and it was a big hit. This combination was tasted in Puglia.
They also added to the very good wine list with a 2016 Etna Bianco Tenuta delle Terre Nere, made on the island of Sicily, which went well with my fettuccini. It’s made from the Caricante grape grown in high altitude in the Mount Etna area, an up-and-coming region for wines.
The great news is the wine dinner scheduled for Nov. 7: The evolution of Amarone! The five-course dinner includes dishes such as risotto all’Amarone, braccioli di vitello alla Veneziana (scallopini veal, white wine reduction, onions, fried prsciutto) and more. Paired with appropriate Sartori wines from Venuto. Cost is $85 per person, excluding tax/gratuity, and reservations are required.
Santucci Ristorante, 610 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/337-2532; restaurantsantucci.com
On the calendar
Another Tacocraft restaurant will open in early 2019 in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, on the corner of Commercial Boulevard and A1A (4400 N. Ocean Drive). This will be the third, the others are in downtown Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. Tacocraft is a modern Mexican restaurant.