Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fiorentina Debuts in Lake Worth

Add a new restaurant to Lake Worth’s ever-changing dining mix with the debut of Fiorentina (707 Lake Ave., 561/588-9707), a moderately priced specialist in regional Italian cuisine that takes over the downtown spot previously occupied by Ouzo Blue, and before that, Prime 707.

Chef-proprietor is Joshua Santangelo, Prime’s former general manager, who left a restaurant gig in New York to come back to South Florida when he heard the space was available. Managing the place and slinging a mean drink behind the bar is another Prime alum, Jamie Fournier.

The dining room has undergone a thorough renovation, making it at once more spacious and cozier than in its Ouzo Blue days. The bar has been polished up and a row of plush red-and-gold patterned banquettes has been installed. Trying to tap into Lake Worth’s late-night crowd, Fiorentina will be open until 2 a.m. on weekends with a DJ and wee hours menu.

As for the rest of the menu, it features dishes from up and down the boot. Signatures include insalata caprese with heirloom tomatoes and burrata imported from Puglia; rigatoni alla bucaiola, pasta sauced with a creamy sort of pea pesto with Italian sausage and Grana Padano; and, of course, the classic bistecca alla Fiorentina, a two-inch-thick slab of protein tweaked with rosemary, salt, pepper and olive oil and grilled.

There are also grilled pizzas at lunch and dinner, and a roster of modestly priced lunch items. Dinner prices range from $10 for spaghetti con pomodoro to $35 for the bistecca; most are in the mid to low-twenties.

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