Friday, January 27, 2023

Small Bites: One and Done in Boca

You can never be too rich or too thin or have too many pizza joints.

At least that’s how it seems in our little corner of paradise. Latest evidence is the new Sicilian Oven (21170 St. Andrews Blvd., 561/750-9772) in Boca Raton, the fourth local pizzeria/ristorante for the Broward-based chain. The classier than your usual pizzeria space features an open kitchen, polished concrete floors and black leather banqettes, while the menu boasts an array of wood-fired pizzas and such familiar Italian dishes as rigatoni Bolognese, eggplant caponata and house-made meatballs.

Well, that was quick. It took less than four months for The Filling Station, the automotive-themed gastropub in Boca’s Royal Palm Place, to run out of gas. The phone has been disconnected and the restaurant appears to be shuttered. Despite replacing the late and very unlamented 101 Cantina, which annoyed both neighbors and city officials with repeated noise and disturbances, the Station got off to a rocky start, with brutal word of mouth on social media and crowd-source restaurant outlets. Maybe the next occupant of this hard-luck space will do better.

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