You can dine like the ’90s again—only better—because one of Boca’s legendary restaurants has been reborn. The iconic Prezzo on Glades Road, which used to be owned by the dynamic duo of Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max, has opened in the Park Place shopping center on Military Trail between Yamato Road and Clint Moore.
And James Beard award-winning chef Mark Militello (pictured) is in the kitchen.
Burt Rapoport is the owner this time around, and he has brought a doozie to central Boca, complete with wood-burning oven, chef’s table, deep cushy booths and a sleek but cozy atmosphere.
The menu is a compilation of Prezzo-Militello playbook favorites, which means everything is sublime, including his original fusili (later incarnated in a far less robust version as radiatore pasta at Max’s Grill) which is, quite simply, an experience in and of itself: oak-grilled chicken, broccoli, sun-dried tomato, goat cheese and pine nuts in a creamy sauce with plump curls of fusilli.
In addition to pastas you cannot refuse, there are salads, Italian staples like rigatoni and lasagna, a full complement of antipasti, and everything from roasted salmon and yellowtail snapper to veal and steak.
One of our favorite options here was the absolutely delightful “Mozzarella Bar” menu, an option of small plates ranging from Italian cheeses (including a Bufala truffle burrata) a selection of salume and a little roster of greens that will make you weep: broccoli rabe pesto, marinated long-stem artichokes, king trumpet mushrooms with tarragon butter, eggplant caponata and more. This feature alone is a perfect reason to stop here on the way home.
For those of you who never got over the demise of Prezzo or those who are Militello groupies or simply people who want sumptuous Italian in a great lively atmosphere (where you can still talk), we say run, do not walk—to Prezzo, version 2018.
It may be one of our favorite things so far about the New Year.