National Dining Guide
LOUIE BOSSI’S RISTORANTE, BAR, PIZZERIA
1032 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, (954) 356-6699 • www.louiebossi.com
One to watch… Editor predicts potential future James Beard look for this one!
Homemade the old-world way is the name of the game at this Italian stunner. With Neapolitan house-baked pies, fresh-made pastas daily, in-house dried salumi for killer charcuterie platters, hearth-baked breads, dry-aged steaks and wood hearth cooked pizzas, and divine from-scratch desserts (don’t miss the tiramisu!), Louie Bossi is Fort Lauderdale’s hot spot.
Growing up in an Italian household in New York, he remembers the aromas of roasted garlic and fresh meatballs sizzling from his family’s kitchen. Raised by a single mother juggling three jobs, Bossi taught himself to cook at the age of 8, working his way up to cook at a pizzeria where he developed a love for the art of pizza making. Bossi relocated to Florida in 2000 and eventually earned the coveted Executive Chef position at Big City Tavern. Bossi is certified from Chef Brian Polcyn in the ancient art and technique of charcuterie, and is a certified Master Pizza Maker from The Scuola Italiana Pizzaoili in San Francisco.
The food and style reflects Carrie Nahabedian’s love of France. Think foie gras, squab and lamb saddle dishes in a refined, sexy ambience with fine china and French linens. Pastry Chef Craig Harzewski’s desserts incorporate farmer’s market components with unique presentations.
Noodle Bar serves ramen and a roster of seasonal dishes. The fried chicken and the caviar for 4-8 people requires an advance online reservation. Otherwise, Noodle Bar is a walk-in only restaurant. Momofuku’s pork buns originated here.
Modern farmhouse style and a French-influenced American menu, plus wood-burning oven & sidewalk seats.
THE SLANTED DOOR
One Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-861-8032 • www.slanteddoor.com
James Beard Nod: Outstanding Restaurant Nominee 2008
Outstanding Wine Service Semi-Finalist 2008
Outstanding Restaurant Semi-Finalist 2011; Nominee 2013; Winner 2014
Executive Chef Charles Phan travels to the original source region of his ingredients, studies the traditional flavors and techniques, and then re-creates the original using contemporary methods and local ingredients.
THE PALME D’OR
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (877) 624-2830 • www.biltmorehotel.com
James Beard Nod: Outstanding Wine Service Semi-Finalist 2008 and 2009, Outstanding Service Semi-Finalist 2009
Guests take part in a truly authentic fine dining French culinary experience prepared by Michelin starred and James Beard “Rising Star” nominee Chef Gregory Pugin. Using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, Pugin gives each guest the feeling of being transported to France for an evening.