Friday, April 12, 2024

Pellegrino’s Ristorante Is Reborn in Boca

No, it’s not Rao’s, the Harlem institution where seats at its 10 tables are harder to come by than snowflakes in downtown Boca (unless you’re a celebrity or invited by one of the regulars).

But Bobby Pellegrino is a nephew of the family that is partners in the famed home-style Italian restaurant, and a year or so after closing his Pellegrino’s in Deerfield Beach—whose food channeled that same lusty, soulful Southern Italian vibe as its more famous relative—he’s back in the dining saddle with a new Pellegrino’s (3360 N. Federal Hwy., 561/368-5520) in Boca Raton.

Look for such hearty staples as chicken scarpariello, pork chops with vinegar peppers and Mama’s Sunday meat in gravy. Also look for the same family-run, New York City ambiance as Rao’s, except here you can actually get a reservation. There’s even a spacious patio bar where you can get a stiff drink without freezing your meatballs off six months a year. You want snowflakes, head up north.

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